J.P. Crawford
J.P. Crawford
24-Year-Old ShortstopSS
Seattle Mariners
2019 Fantasy Outlook
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. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a one-year contract with the Mariners in March of 2019.
Optioned to Triple-A
SSSeattle Mariners  AAA
March 13, 2019
Crawford was optioned to Triple-A Tacoma on Wednesday, Shannon Drayer of 710 ESPN Seattle reports.
Crawford appeared to be the potential shortstop of the future when he was acquired in the Jean Segura trade over the offseason, but that future won't begin right away. He could still be up for a fair amount of run later in the year, but Tim Beckham will start the season at short for Seattle.
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Since 2017vs Left .430 51 5 0 1 0 .100 .280 .150
Since 2017vs Right .764 173 20 3 17 3 .245 .349 .415
2019vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2019vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2018vs Left .495 23 4 0 1 0 .118 .318 .176
2018vs Right .749 114 13 3 11 2 .230 .319 .430
2017vs Left .380 28 1 0 0 0 .087 .250 .130
2017vs Right .790 59 7 0 6 1 .277 .407 .383
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Since 2017Home .788 140 16 2 14 2 .241 .377 .411
Since 2017Away .542 84 9 1 4 1 .173 .262 .280
2019Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2019Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2018Home .778 84 10 2 9 1 .239 .341 .437
2018Away .609 53 7 1 3 1 .174 .283 .326
2017Home .794 56 6 0 5 1 .244 .429 .366
2017Away .433 31 2 0 1 0 .172 .226 .207
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How does J.P. Crawford compare to other hitters?
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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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Seeing plenty of work
SSSeattle Mariners  AAA
March 12, 2019
Crawford, acquired from the Phillies in an early-December trade, is hitting .240 with two extra-base hits (double, triple), two walks and three runs over 25 spring at-bats.
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Shipped to Seattle
SSSeattle Mariners  AAA
December 3, 2018
Crawford was traded to Seattle on Monday along with Carlos Santana in exchange for Jean Segura, Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports.
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Continues to pinch hit
SSPhiladelphia Phillies  AAA
September 29, 2018
Crawford (shoulder) has six appearances as a pinch hitter since his last start Sept. 19.
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Dealing with shoulder soreness, available to hit
SSPhiladelphia Phillies  AAA
September 20, 2018
Crawford is dealing with shoulder soreness, though he is available to hit, Scott Lauber of The Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
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Knocks in three vs. Mets
SSPhiladelphia Phillies  AAA
September 17, 2018
Crawford went 1-for-3 with a triple, three RBI and a run scored in Monday's 9-4 loss to New York.
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