Keith Law Ranks J.P. Crawford #4 Prospect in Baseball

Keith Law released another prospect, list the one went 25 players deep and only included players currently playing in the minors with rookie status.  J.P. Crawford was ranked #4 behind Carlos Correa, Corey Seager, and Byron Buxton, and one spot ahead of Francisco Lindor.  Personally I would take Lindor over Crawford (and I think this is a fairly accurate ranking for Crawford), but this is not my list.  There were other mildly puzzling rankings for me, but this is a snapshot in time and thusly is in constant flux.

If you want a takeaway, Crawford is very very good.

Author: Matt Winkelman

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13 comments

  1. Romus

    Wow…was not expecting top 5….maybe 8-9-10.
    Wonder if pre-2015 MLB (#21) and BP (#36) will bump him up into the top ten.

    • andyb

      Law did have him already at #7 at the end of March on a list where Bryant and Russell have graduated. So he did elevate him over Lindor but that is it. Not really that new a list. Was hoping Nola (#57 in January) might sneak on with at least 10 graduations ahead of him but not on this list.

  2. phillysf

    Not sure I take Lindor over Crawford, but what ever I think Crawford got the big bump because of Russel, and Bryant graduating , and also Sano isnt what they all thought he was. Good for the Phillies ,

    Got any Ideas If Quinn will jump back into top 100 lists

  3. Boston Phan

    Klaw is so biased. How come Leibrandt didn’t make the list??

    Lindor is only a year older and two levels higher than JPC. When he was in A+ he hit .306/.373/.410 at age 19. I would also take Lindor.

    • Romus

      BostonPhan….I assume you were being facetious with Brandon Leibrandt making the list? If not, then his collegiate experience and age may have something to do with him dominating at that level and KLaw took that into account.
      However, if he continues the same dominance in the EL at Reading when he gets there, then have to think he will get into the 80s or 90s of the list
      I do not know…maybe MattWinks has a better take on Leibrandt’s projected ranking.

      • Matt Winkelman

        Leibrandt’s stock is a up a little as his fastball has ticked up from 86-88 to more 88-90. It is still a bit light for me to really give him anything more than a #5 starter ceiling. He might be into the Top 30 Phillies prospects, but it would be close. He is still way down the SP rankings for me

      • Boston Phan

        Hey Romus, definitely joking about Leibrandt. Law is always accused of bias and in this case he seems the high man on JPC. Weak attempts at humor.

  4. phillysf

    Leibrandt which one ? and the only reason why Lindor is two levels above is because Crawford was hurt and the Phillies opted to keep him in sunny and warm Florida so that his Lat strain would have less of a chance of re injury, Crawford jumps to AA and kills it this year and ends up in AAA next year same age as Lindor is now. Honestly the two are pretty similar but, Crawford has more upside

    • Boston Phan

      Lindor has a much higher probability of MLB success than JPC just given proximity to the majors. Perhaps JPC has more upside…power potential I suppose…but there is more risk he never gets there than with Lindor.

      • phillysf

        Lindor isnt exactly killing AAA and, higher probability due to proximity sure, begrudgingly OK . Do you seriously think Crawford wont hit 230 like Lindor is this year in AAA next year or the following year making him one year older per level and then make it the majors and succeed at least as well

        wanna have a friendly bet on which one has a better first 5 years in the MLB ?

    • Eric D

      Crawford was slated to start in Clearwater regardless of his injury.

      • phillysf

        @ Eric D really? ! I never read that, you got some insider stuff I dont I guess.

        • Eric D

          Nothing inside . . . Interview by Joe Jordan in ST said that he would start out with Clearwater (this was all pre injury). With starting in Clearwater he’s prob going to see Reading by July. Should start in Reading next year until about the same point barring any struggles and then ending the season at LHV. This would make the 2017 season interesting . . I could see him doing what Franco did, playing with LHV and then with success being brought up by the end of May (2017). This would be somewhat aggressive having him make his MLB debut with 2/3 of the season left at age 22. Prob more likely he gets called up Sept of 2017.