J.P. Crawford
J.P. Crawford
25-Year-Old ShortstopSS
Seattle Mariners
2020 Fantasy Outlook
Crawford received a needed change of scenery last winter, when he was moved from the Phillies to a Seattle club embarking on a rebuild. In early May, an injury to Dee Gordon opened up a spot in the big leagues for Crawford, who manned shortstop on a full-time basis the rest of the way, aside from two brief shutdowns due to injury. Crawford's excellent defense and quality eye at the plate (10.9 BB%) made him valuable to the Mariners from a real-life standpoint, but much less so for fantasy purposes. Given his above-average speed and probable spot near the top of the order, Crawford may have a path to a 10-to-15 steals in 2020, but the batted-ball profile doesn't inspire confidence in him yielding dividends in other areas. Per Statcast, Crawford's expected batting average (.237) and expected slugging average (.337) placed him in the 14th and fifth percentiles, respectively, among all hitters last season. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a one-year contract with the Mariners in March of 2019.
On base thrice in big win
SSSeattle Mariners
August 11, 2020
Crawford went 2-for-5 with a walk and two runs in a win over the Rangers on Monday.
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Teammates Dylan Moore, Kyle Lewis and Kyle Seager handled the big hits in the Mariners' 10-run barrage, and Crawford effectively set the table, crossing the plate twice. The young shortstop now has a five-game hitting streak, although it's been completely devoid of extra-base hits thus far.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2018
 
 
+63%
OPS vs RHP
2020
 
 
+23%
OPS vs RHP
2019
 
 
+76%
OPS vs RHP
2018
 
 
+51%
OPS vs RHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2018vs Left .481 167 15 0 13 1 .170 .289 .191
Since 2018vs Right .782 450 60 10 50 9 .255 .341 .441
2020vs Left .659 21 2 0 2 0 .278 .381 .278
2020vs Right .809 63 13 0 3 3 .302 .413 .396
2019vs Left .448 123 9 0 10 1 .160 .268 .179
2019vs Right .789 273 34 7 36 4 .255 .333 .456
2018vs Left .495 23 4 0 1 0 .118 .318 .176
2018vs Right .749 114 13 3 11 2 .230 .319 .430
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2018
 
 
+20%
OPS on Road
2020
 
 
+105%
OPS on Road
2019
 
 
+22%
OPS on Road
2018
 
 
+28%
OPS at Home
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2018Home .644 332 44 6 32 5 .214 .299 .345
Since 2018Away .771 285 31 4 31 5 .255 .359 .412
2020Home .495 38 6 0 0 1 .206 .289 .206
2020Away 1.014 46 9 0 5 2 .378 .500 .514
2019Home .619 210 28 4 23 3 .205 .284 .335
2019Away .758 186 15 3 23 2 .250 .346 .413
2018Home .778 84 10 2 9 1 .239 .341 .437
2018Away .609 53 7 1 3 1 .174 .283 .326
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Stat Review
How does J.P. Crawford compare to other hitters?
This section compares his stats with all batting seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 400 plate appearances)*. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.

* Exit Velocity and Barrels/PA % are benchmarked against 2019 data (min 400 PA) and Hard Hit Rate is benchmarked against last season's data (min 400 PA). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • BB/K
    Walk to strikeout ratio
  • BB Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a walk.
  • K Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a strikeout.
  • BABIP
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many of a batter’s balls in play go for hits.
  • ISO
    Isolated Power. Slugging percentage minus batting average. A computation used to measure a batter's raw power.
  • AVG
    Batting average. Hits divided by at bats.
  • OBP
    On Base Percentage. A measure of how often a batters reaches base. Roughly equal to number of times on base divided by plate appearances.
  • SLG
    Slugging Percentage. A measure of the batting productivity of a hitter. It is calculated as total bases divided by at bats.
  • OPS
    On base plus slugging. THe sum of a batter's on-base percentage and slugging percentage.
  • wOBA
    Weighted on-base average. Measures a player's overall offensive contributions per plate appearance. wOBA combines all the different aspects of hitting into one metric, weighting each of them in proportion to their actual run value.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Hard Hit Rate
    A measure of contact quality from Sports Info Solutions. This stat explains what percentage of batted balls were hit hard vs. medium or soft.
  • Barrels/PA
    The percentage of plate appearances where a batter had a batted ball classified as a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
BB/K
1.33
 
BB Rate
14.3%
 
K Rate
10.7%
 
BABIP
.339
 
ISO
.070
 
AVG
.296
 
OBP
.405
 
SLG
.366
 
OPS
.771
 
wOBA
.352
 
Exit Velocity
76.6 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
33.9%
 
Barrels/PA
2.5%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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Crawford's 2018 campaign was nowhere close to the step forward he was supposed to take after a disappointing debut in 2017. He was expected to be the everyday starter at shortstop but wound up starting just 27 games there (plus nine more at third base) and received a total of just 138 plate appearances around a pair of trips to the disabled list. He didn't do much with those plate appearances either, hitting just .214/.319/.393. That was good for a 96 wRC+, a perfectly acceptable mark for a shortstop, but most of that value came from a strong 9.4% walk rate, which only helps owners in OBP leagues. He did post better numbers after working to shorten his swing, and he's just 23, so there's still time for him to become an average-or-better shortstop. Dealt to the Mariners in the Jean Segura trade, Crawford will get a clean slate in a new organization, but it's not a lock he's on the team for Opening Day.
Quality defense at shortstop and an advanced approach have kept Crawford near the top of real-life prospect rankings for a couple years, but he has never flashed impact fantasy tools. That was never more apparent than the first half of last year, when he hit .211/.328/.330. Fortunately Crawford salvaged his season after a team-imposed 10-day mental break in June. He hit .287/.385/.513 with nine home runs in 51 games after the All-Star break, earning a late-season callup. He projects to be decent in OBP leagues, but in today's offensive climate, a shortstop who hits .265 without impact speed or power is not very valuable in standard formats. The Francisco Lindor comps don't really work because Lindor at least showed batting average and stolen-base upside in the minors. Crawford's best chance to be a top-15 shortstop is to hit first or second and challenge for 90-run seasons in his prime. Freddy Galvis was moved this offseason and Cesar Hernandez could go eventually as the Phillies prepare for Crawford and Scott Kingery to take over as the double-play duo of the future.
Crawford opened last season at Double-A Reading and earned a promotion to Triple-A Lehigh Valley in mid-May, largely due to his control of the strike zone. Crawford's eye is part of the reason he receives high rankings from prospect evaluators despite modest power numbers thus far. He has also always been young for his level, which can sometimes be overlooked when reviewing just statistical output. Crawford got off to a slow start at Triple-A after his promotion -- something that has been typical for him throughout his career -- and also missed time with an oblique injury. He was not promoted in September and instead underwent surgery to remove a loose body from his left knee. He will get a chance to compete for a starting job this spring, but given his overall struggles at Triple-A last season, the Phillies will likely have him open the year back in the minors with an eye toward a midseason promotion.
Crawford is the top prospect in the Phillies' farm system and is one of the top prospects in all of baseball. After missing the first month of the season with an oblique strain, Crawford was assigned to High-A Clearwater, but was quickly moved up to Double-A after slashing .392/.489/.443 in his first 21 games. His numbers at Double-A are not overly impressive at first glance, but it is important to remember that he was just 20 years old last season, making him one of the youngest players at the Double-A level. He hit just five home runs in 351 at-bats, but maintained his excellent walk rate despite facing advanced competition, and continued to earn praise for his defensive abilities. Crawford reportedly suffered a slight tear in his thumb ligament during Arizona Fall League play, but is expected to be fully healthy for the start of spring training. The Phillies could start him back at Double-A this season, but he should push his way to Triple-A and possibly the majors before the end of the 2016 season.
Crawford has steadily climbed through the Phillies' minor league system since he was selected in the first round of the 2013 draft. He spent the first half of last season at Low-A Lakewood before earning a promotion to High-A Clearwater to close out the season. Crawford has impressive tools. He has shown an excellent eye at the plate, makes contact at a good clip and keeps his strikeouts in check. He showed some signs of power growth in the second half of last season with eight home runs in 271 at-bats for Clearwater. If Crawford continues his progression, he'll likely hit Double-A by the middle of 2015, with the hope of a late 2016 or early 2017 arrival to Philadelphia.
The Phillies drafted Crawford, who is the cousin of Dodgers outfielder Carl Crawford, in the first round of the 2013 draft. Crawford fields with ease, showing agility and quickness in the infield. His bat has the potential to hit for average with some pop. He got off to a fast start for the Gulf Coast League Phillies and earned a promotion to Low-A Lakewood in August, making him one of the youngest players at that level in 2013. The Phillies will likely send him back to Lakewood rather than keep him in extended spring training at the start of the year, and Crawford could see time at High-A Clearwater later in the season should his performance warrant a promotion.
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Not in Friday's lineup
SSSeattle Mariners
August 7, 2020
Crawford isn't in the lineup Friday against the Rockies.
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Fills box score
SSSeattle Mariners
July 30, 2020
Crawford went 2-for-5 with two RBI, two runs scored and a pair of stolen bases in Thursday's 8-5 win over the Angels.
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Extends hitting streak
SSSeattle Mariners
July 30, 2020
Crawford went 2-for-3 with two RBI, two runs scored and two walks in Wednesday's 10-7 win over the Angels.
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Continues hot start to season
SSSeattle Mariners
July 28, 2020
Crawford went 1-for-3 with a double, two walks and two runs in a loss to the Astros on Monday.
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Three hits in loss
SSSeattle Mariners
July 25, 2020
Crawford went 3-for-4 with a pair of triples and scored a run in Saturday's 7-2 loss to the Astros.
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