2013 MLB Draft: Philadelphia Phillies Make Smart Move in Selecting HS Shortstop JP Crawford

Howard Smith-USA TODAY SPORTS

It was unexpected, not something many mocks had predicted and yet, it was brilliant.

With the 16th overall pick in the first round of the 2013 MLB First-Year Player Draft, the Philadelphia Phillies selected high school shortstop JP Crawford of Lakewood HS in California.

Crawford, who MLB.com ranked as the 19th best draft-eligible player, is someone who might remind many Phillies fans of a player currently with the major league team, Freddy Galvis. The difference however is that Crawford is a much bigger guy than Galvis as he weighs at 175 pounds and a towering 6-foot-2.

Crawford was praised for his excellent glove work in high school and along with Oscar Mercado, was billed as the best high school shortstop in this class.

While middle infielder was not the direction many expected the Phillies to go in, the selection of Crawford is one that could go under the radar as a very intelligent first round pick.

As it stands, the Phillies really only have one top-notch middle infielding prospect and that would be Roman Quinn. Quinn has been praised for his absolutely obliterating speed on the basepaths but other parts of his game are still coming along.

The same can be hoped for the just 18-year-old shortstop.

Now Crawford is far from polished and like Galvis, his swing is very much far from being major league ready. That said, he has raw power that should develop as he gets older and more mature and while not the speediest runner, is considered to be a threat on the bases.

Crawford, at #16, is a good pick and one that helps to strengthen at least one of the current minor league areas of deficiency.

 

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