Evan Crawford (baseball)

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Evan Crawford
Evan Crawford on April 25, 2012.jpg
Crawford with the Toronto Blue Jays
Free agent
Born: (1986-09-02) September 2, 1986 (age 30)
Prattville, Alabama
Bats: Right Throws: Left
MLB debut
April 15, 2012, for the Toronto Blue Jays
MLB statistics
(through 2012 season)
Win–loss record 0–0
Earned run average 6.75
Strikeouts 5
WHIP 1.75
Crawford pitching for the Lansing Lugnuts, Single-A affiliates of the Blue Jays, in 2010.

Evan Shane Crawford (born September 2, 1986) is an American professional baseball pitcher who is a free agent. He has played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Toronto Blue Jays.

Amateur career[edit]

Crawford was born in Prattville, Alabama and went to Prattville High School, where he led his team to an Alabama state record with 47 wins and a state 6A runner-up. He threw two no-hitters, was the team's best hitter his senior year, and Perfect Game USA ranked him #88 out of the top 1000 HS players, and was the eighth-best left-handed pitcher. Despite this, he was not drafted out of high school, and went on to Auburn University.

In his freshman year at Auburn, in 2006, he went 5-8 with a 4.35 ERA. He played in the Cape Cod Baseball League with Yarmouth—Dennis, going 0-1 with a 6.43 ERA. In his sophomore year, he went 5-6 with a 5.91 ERA. He again played in the Cape Cod League, this time with Harwich, going 1-0 with a 0.67 ERA in 16 relief appearances. In his junior season, he went 3-0 with a 2.42 ERA in 29 appearances, exclusively in relief. He was drafted in the eighth round of the 2008 MLB Draft, 249th overall, by the Blue Jays.

Professional career[edit]

Toronto Blue Jays[edit]

He was assigned to the Low-A Auburn Doubledays, going 0-2 with a 3.03 ERA. He played for Auburn again in 2009, going 1-5 with a 4.06 ERA. He started 2010 with the Single-A Lansing Lugnuts, going 3-2 with a 4.01 ERA before being promoted to the High-A Dunedin Blue Jays, where he went 1-2 with a 2.04 ERA and 3 saves.

He played 2011 with the Double-A New Hampshire Fisher Cats, going 3-5 with a 3.35 ERA and 2 saves. On November 18, he was promoted to the big league roster to be protected from the Rule 5 draft.[1]

Crawford did not make the Blue Jays out of spring training, but on April 13, 2012, he was called up to the active roster to fill the vacancy created when Sergio Santos took a three-day paternity leave. Upon Santos's return, left hander Aaron Laffey was optioned to Triple-A, allowing Crawford to remain on the active roster.[2]

Crawford made his first career appearance on Jackie Robinson day (April 15), pitching a scoreless 9th inning in an 8-2 win over the Baltimore Orioles. He recorded his first career strikeout against third baseman Wilson Betemit. After his second appearance on the 19th (another scoreless inning), Crawford was sent down to the minors immediately after the game to make room for Drew Hutchison. However, he was recalled to the big leagues only two days later when Sergio Santos went on the disabled list.[3] Crawford made three further appearances, giving up 2 runs over 2 innings, before being sent to the minors again on May 2.

On May 14, Crawford was called up to the Jays for the third time in just over a month. He got into that night's game, pitching a scoreless inning against the Tampa Bay Rays. After appearing in two more games as a reliever, he was sent down to the minors again on May 25.[4]

On June 11, Crawford was called back up to Toronto for the fourth time in just under two months.[5] He made one appearance on June 12 (pitching 0.1 innings), then was sent back to the minors on June 18.

Crawford was recalled to the Blue Jays yet again on July 26. He pitched one-third of an inning on July 29, then was sent back to Triple-A on July 31 following the Jays trading for pitchers Brad Lincoln and Steve Delabar.[6]

Two weeks later on August 14, after having made several appearances with the Triple-A Las Vegas 51s, Crawford was placed on the disabled list retroactive to August 12. This effectively ended his season, as Crawford did not pitch again in 2012, and was not amongst the Blue Jays September call-ups.

After spending the first part of the 2013 season in the minor leagues, Crawford was designated for assignment by the Blue Jays on June 8, 2013 to make room for Dustin McGowan on the roster.[7] After clearing waivers, Crawford was assigned to the Double-A New Hampshire Fisher Cats on June 10.

Chicago White Sox[edit]

On December 12, 2013, Crawford was selected by the Chicago White Sox in the minor-league phase of the Rule 5 draft. He was released on July 1, 2014.[8]


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