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Phillies select high school shortstop Crawford

The Phillies used the 16th overall pick Thursday to select J.P. Crawford, a shortstop from Lakewood High School in California.

Phillies select high school shortstop Crawford

J.P. Crawford. (Scott Varley/Los Angeles News Group)
J.P. Crawford. (Scott Varley/Los Angeles News Group)

The Phillies used the 16th overall pick Thursday to select J.P. Crawford, a shortstop from Lakewood High School in California.

He was the 15th-ranked prospect according to Baseball America and is line for a signing bonus of roughly $2.3 million.

While many high school shortstops project to other positions, the book on Crawford is that he will remain at the position during his professional career.

He has athletic bloodlines. His father Larry played in the Canadian Football League and he is also related to Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Carl Crawford.

Here is part of his biography from Baseball America:

ôHe has become a much more fluid defender over the last two years, making him the rare prep prospect with a real chance to play shortstop in the major leagues. His long arms and game awareness give him good range, especially to his left and on balls in front of him. He needs to improve on balls to his right, but his above-average arm should allow him to make plays from the hole, and he has sure hands and good actions.

ôHe projects as a solid-average or slightly better defensive shortstop and an average hitter with fringy power. Crawford has good hand-eye coordination, which allows him to spray line drives to all fields, but he has a high set-up and a bit of a loop in his swing. He can turn on balls on occasion, but he needs to get stronger and smooth out his swing in order to get on top of good fastballs. Crawford is a solid-average runner who takes good turns and has baserunning savvy. He is committed to Southern California.

WATCH: Highlights of the Phillies' first-round pick J.P. Crawford HERE.



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