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J.P. Crawford, The Future of Phillies Baseball

Standing at 6’2″ and weighing in around 185 pounds, young J.P. Crawford wants to learn. He wants to learn as much as possible from former Gold-Glover Jimmy Rollins before one day, he hopes, the starting Shortstop job will be his, he told MLB Network in an interview.

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General Manager Ruben Amaro, Jr. expects a lot out of his bright, young star, telling reporters that “It won’t be more than a few years before he comes knocking on the door here in Philadelphia. No time at all.”

Crawford possesses above-average power, and is aided greatly by his defensive prowess. Sterling in the field, Crawford’s smoothness and knack for being fluid led him to a fielding percentage of over 91% over the four years when he attended Lakewood High School in California.

His fast and effortless arm strokes result in accurate throws across the diamond with carry; he does a nice job of gaining momentum toward his target with quick footwork, aiding the overall accuracy of his throws.

Lakewood High School (CA) has pumped out its fair share of major league talent, too. High School coach Spud O’Neil told MLB.com reporters that, in all of his 30 years of coaching experience, Crawford possesses the greatest amount of potential. “There’s this pop when he’s out there; there’s always this sparkle in his eyes. He loves the game, and the game loves him back.” O’Neil is not unfamiliar with talent, either. “You can  never really know, but I’ve had Chris Gomez, Damion Easley, Travis d’Arnaud, who is with the Mets, Mike Carp with the Red Sox — J.P. fits right in there with all those guys.”

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Crawford playing for Lakewood.

The Phils certainly hope that he’s right. Phillies Assistant Coach Marti Wolever scouted out Crawford in Southern California with other Philadelphia scouts, who reported back the great speed, solid bat, and soft glove that they saw.

Already committed to USC, Crawford seems eager to get going with his career in the Majors.

“Philly better be ready for it!!” he tweeted.

Crawford, who is left-handed, hit .432 with eight doubles, two triples, two home runs, 10 RBIs and 13 stolen bases in 25 games this season with Lakewood. He also is the school’s all-time leader in hits (179), runs scored (162), stolen bases (73) and walks (72).

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