J.P. Crawford is going from Reading to Lehigh Valley in what is his final tuneup on his way to the majors. Think of the IronPigs as finishing school for the talented shortstop, as I don’t expect him to spend as much time there as Maikel Franco and Nick Williams will ultimately spend there. Crawford’s approach is major league ready and we saw that this spring. Right now he can struggle to make quality contact when he gets himself into a hitting position, but he has shown improvement there. He is also working to use his lower half more to tap into his power, the results have been mixed but encouraging. He still needs work on base stealing success, but that will never be a huge part of his game.
On defense Crawford still needs to work on not rushing the easy plays as he will still occasionally boot a ball or drop a transfer doing too much. Those mistakes are already less than they were last year and should go away completely over time. Otherwise he is a plus defender who gets to a lot of baseballs. I have heard Gold Glove defense projections for him, I do think that is a bit optimistic in an era where Lindor and Simmons exist, but he will be one of the better defenders.
I expect Crawford to be in the big leagues this summer, he is becoming too advanced for the minor leagues.
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