J. P. Crawford

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J. P. Crawford
Philadelphia Phillies
Shortstop
Born: (1995-01-11) January 11, 1995 (age 20)
Lakewood, California
Bats: Left Throws: Right

John Paul Crawford (born January 11, 1995) is an American professional baseball shortstop in the Philadelphia Phillies organization. Crawford attended Lakewood High School in Lakewood, California. The Philadelphia Phillies selected him with the 16th pick in the 2013 Major League Baseball Draft. He is currently assigned to the Phillies' Class A-Advanced affiliate, the Clearwater Threshers.

Career[edit]

Crawford attended the Major League Baseball (MLB) Urban Youth Academy in Compton, California, and participated in Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities.[1] He then enrolled at Lakewood High School in Lakewood, California, where he played as a shortstop for the school's baseball team.[2] He committed to attend the University of Southern California (USC) on a scholarship to play college baseball for the USC Trojans,[3] but was expected to be a first round draft pick in the 2013 MLB Draft.[4]

Philadelphia Phillies[edit]

The Philadelphia Phillies selected Crawford with the 16th pick in the 2013 Major League Baseball Draft.[5] He has been assigned to the Phillies' Rookie level minor league affiliate, the GCL Phillies. In 36 games at the level, he's batting .356 with 19 RBIs and 11 stolen bases.[needs update]

Crawford began the 2014 season with the Lakewood Blue Claws of the Class A South Atlantic League. After batting .295 with three home runs, 19 RBIs and recording 14 stolen bases in 21 attempts, the Phillies promoted him to the Clearwater Threshers of the Class A-Advanced Florida State League on June 15.[6] Crawford appeared in the 2014 All-Star Futures Game.[7]

Crawford will miss the first four-to-six weeks of the regular season after straining an oblique muscle.[8]

Personal[edit]

Crawford's father, Larry Crawford, is a former professional American football player.[9] His cousin, Carl Crawford, plays in MLB.[10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Dominic Smith, J.P. Crawford products of MLB's youth initiatives | phillies.com: News". Mlb.mlb.com. May 24, 2013. Retrieved June 8, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Urban Youth Academy's impact on Draft continues | MLB.com: News". Mlb.mlb.com. May 6, 2013. Retrieved June 6, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Chicago White Sox Doug Laumann draft". Chicago Tribune. June 4, 2013. Retrieved June 6, 2013. 
  4. ^ "PREP BASEBALL: Lakewood's J.P. Crawford good as it gets in the field". Press-Telegram. May 15, 2013. Retrieved June 6, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Phillies take high schooler Crawford with 16th pick". Philadelphia Phillies. Retrieved September 21, 2014. 
  6. ^ "J.P. Crawford promoted, headed to Clearwater". Philly.com. Retrieved September 21, 2014. 
  7. ^ "For J.P. Crawford, Futures Game was a big deal". Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia. Retrieved September 21, 2014. 
  8. ^ "Phillies' top prospect J.P. Crawford will miss four to six weeks with an oblique strain, the club announced Thursday - MiLB.com News - The Official Site of Minor League Baseball". MiLB.com. Retrieved March 27, 2015. 
  9. ^ Ryan Fagan. "MLB Draft 2013: Get to know high school prospect J.P. Crawford - MLB". Sporting News. Retrieved June 6, 2013. 
  10. ^ Mayo, Jonathan (May 25, 2013). "High school shortstop J.P. Crawford leads way in Draft for middle infielders | MLB.com: News". Mlb.mlb.com. Retrieved June 6, 2013. 

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