The reports on Phillies shortstop prospect J.P. Crawford out of the Arizona Fall League weren't exactly glowing. Many scouts reported that his bat looked sluggish, likely due to a long season split between Clearwater and Reading. The result was just a .150 (3-for-20) average through his first five games. Add to that, the fact that Crawford hadn't played in nearly a week because of a thumb injury and it all spelled the end of the season for Crawford.
Crawford, 20, injured his thumb on a play at second base in a collision with a runner last Thursday. The injury is diagnosed as a slight ligament tear in his left thumb and he'll be in a splint for three or four weeks. The Phillies decided to just shut down Crawford for the rest of the AFL season.
Phillies player development director, Joe Jordan, termed the tear to be "very slight" and was, in fact, so slight, that it was hard to discover on the MRI.
To replace Crawford, the Phillies have dispatched infielder Drew Stankiewicz to Arizona to take Crawford's spot on the Glendale Desert Dogs roster. Stankiewicz played for both Lakewood and Clearwater in 2015, hitting a combined .283 with a .345 on-base percentage.