Geographically, J.P. Crawford is about the same distance away from Philadelphia. Figuratively though, he took a big step toward the City of Brother Love by being promoted from Double-A Reading to Triple-A Lehigh Valley. The timing of the move isn't all that surprising when you consider how Crawford's trek through the Phillies minor league system has gone so far.
In June, 2013, the Phillies drafted Crawford from Lakewood High School in California. He opened his professional career with the Gulf Coast League Phillies and played in 39 games before finishing out the 2013 season at Lakewood. Crawford opened 2014 back at Lakewood and played 60 more games with the BlueClaws, giving him a total of 74 games in Low-A ball. Crawford then jumped to Clearwater on June 15, 2014 and would play 84 games with the Threshers over 2014 and the early part of 2015. It was last May 29th that the Phillies moved their top prospect from Clearwater to Reading and now, just nine days shy of exactly one year later, the 21-year old is at Triple-A Lehigh Valley, having played 122 games with the Fightins.
In his time at Double-A, which many consider the toughest jump to make in minor league ball, Crawford hit 8-47-.265/.367/.402 in those 122 games. His overall average in the minors is .288 and he's hit 21 home runs and driven in 124 runs in 319 minor league games. In his career, Crawford has stolen 55 bases in 82 attempts for a 67-percent success rate, which is just slightly below average.
Crawford is known for flashing some defensive wizardry at short, but will also let a ball slip through now and then. His career fielding percentage in the minors is .953, but with Reading this season, was at .963 with seven errors in 191 chances.
To make room for Crawford on the Lehigh Valley roster, the Phillies traded infielder Ryan Jackson to the Los Angeles Angels for cash considerations. Jackson hadn't played in a game for Lehigh Valley since May 11 and was hitting just .214 on the season. Crawford's exit from Reading allowed the Fightins to officially add reliever Reinier Roibal to the roster after he was reassigned from Lehigh Valley on Thursday when Michael Mariot was activated from the Phillies DL and optioned to Lehigh Valley.null