JP Crawford Moved Up To AAA

Are You Down With JPC, In The L.V.?

As reported publicly by the Phillies, top shortstop prospect and excellent dog-haver J.P. Crawford has been promoted to AAA Lehigh Valley. Crawford has played nearly a full year at Reading now, minus a little time off for injury, and put up combined stats that PhilliesMinorThoughts.com’s Matt Winkelman tweeted earlier:

That maybe doesn’t look like a wildly successful hitting campaign for someone touted as having an advanced bat, but the foundation of a very strong offensive game shows – he’s got enough power, plus the discipline and contact ability to keep pitchers working all day long.

Crawford becomes the only 21-year-old in the International League, taking over as the youngest position player from teammate Nick Williams, and the youngest player overall from teammate Jake Thompson.* By nearly a year. That team is stacked. Do you feel that? That’s anticipation. Couple more months and it’ll be downright excitement. Next spring, I may literally explode.** Tell my baby I died thinking about baseball players.

No word yet on whether the dogs will be joining him in Allentown. Hopefully someday they join him in a parade down Broad. (RIP Elvis).

*Update Neither Williams nor Crawford is actually the youngest position player in the Int’l League, it’s Ozzie Albies, and he’s a good bit younger than Crawford (guy’s still 19). He was not appearing on leader boards on BRef because his offensive stats haven’t been very good just yet – my fault. And it was Zach Eflin instead of Jake Thompson – BRef table sort by age totally hosed me there – but now Jose Berrios is back down and he’s younger than Eflin. Lesson for you all and myself – always just use “age” as the “stat” to sort by on BRef. Dang.

**Despite this age-related mess, my enthusiasm remains unbridled. I will still probably die next Spring.

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  1. Tim

    May 20, 2016 11:41 AM

    Wait, Elvis died? Why wasn’t I told?!

    *remembers the WS parade was almost 8 years ago (56 dog years) and bulldogs tend to live pretty abbreviated lives; sheds a single tear at desk*

    • Brad Engler

      May 20, 2016 11:44 AM

      Sorry, Tim. Feels like maybe a year and a half ago. Poor guy.

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