HT: 5-10 WT: 180 POS: SS/2B
Bluefield Orioles (9 G, 31 AB, .258/.343/.323)
Malcolm Crowley was drafted in the 9th round of the 2007 amateur draft out of Galveston College. He was committed to transfer to Sam Houston State, but the Orioles convinced him to sign with a $65,000 bonus.
Crowley is a typical scrappy middle infielder type. He has a short swing, good speed, and an offensive game that hinges on making plenty of contact. His approach needs a lot of work and it will likely take him some time to get used to professional breaking balls.
Earlier this year, Crowley told ITW "I see the ball well and can put it into play. I feel that if I work hard and hustle, that will be my key to success."
Crowley has good range but exhibited some inconsistencies in his breif professional debut. He made 6 errors in just 9 games while getting work in at both middle infield positions. Some feel that his instincts fit better at second base, while another person in the organization told me that he doesn't have the arm to play on the left side of the infield long-term. He's an excellent athlete, so he'll get plenty of chances, but Crowley will likely be groomed as a potential utility infielder.
Malcolm Crowley is still quite a bit away, which is not uncommon for a 20 year old with only 31 professional at bats. He'll probably be held back in extended spring training until the short-season clubs start up in June.
The man who recruited Crowley to Sam Houston State, Javier Solis, told ITW "He is an all around player who hits a bit, runs well, has average speed but plays very hard. He is a good hard worker who plays the game hard." Crowley is probably looking at a 2009 full season debut, but his work ethic and athleticism make him an intriguing sleeper.
Michael Hollman is the Senior Writer for Inside The Warehouse and can be reached via e-mail at Publisher@InsideTheWarehouse.com