Prospect #45: OF Jason Crosland

As the Phillies minor league system has gotten stronger over the past few years, most of the true prospects have been pitchers. The Phillies looked to improve their offensive prospects in the 2003 Draft, which wasn't easy considering that they didn't have a pick until the third round. Early, they went for speed, but addressed the need for power as the draft progressed. One of the picks that they're looking at to provide power in the farm system in Jason Crosland.

It's true that Jason Crosland came from somewhat of a baseball hot bed type college. No, it wasn't one of the "big boys", but in its own world, Lamar Community College is well respected. Lamar has a solid program and Jason Crosland is the latest of their players to be looked at in high regard by major league scouts.

 

Crosland is a young third baseman with true power. The Phillies drafted the right-handed hitting Crosland in the ninth round of the 2003 Draft as they searched to fill two holes in the minor league system; power and position players.

 

For his first professional season, the Phillies started Crosland in the Gulf Coast League. Some in the organization thought he could have started at Batavia, but the Phillies, as is their practice, erred on the side of caution. The main reasoning was that because Crosland did come from a small school, he hadn't faced the type of pitching that players coming out of a larger program would have faced in their college careers. The Phillies also wanted to work with Crosland to change positions from his usual home at third base.

 

Crosland put up nice numbers in the GCL and the Phillies believe that he adapted well to professional baseball. In just over 150 at bats, Crosland hit 6 homeruns with a .337 OBP. Both project well and the Phillies believe that as Crosland continues to develop, his power numbers will go onward and upward. It's possible that the Phillies will keep Crosland in extended spring training in 2004 and start him at Batavia when the short season begins in June. Again, some in the organization believe that Crosland could be pushed a little faster, so with an impressive minor league camp, he could work his way onto the Lakewood roster.

 

Another key to Crosland's development will be his position. The Phillies moved Crosland out of his third base spot that he played at Lamar and tried him at both first base and in the outfield. The Phillies haven't settled on an exact position for Crosland although the early results are that he may be best suited to play in the outfield. For now, Crosland may continue to work the outfield, third base and first base, increasing his value to the organization as he progresses. What the Phillies do with Ryan Howard, who is a power hitting first baseman a few levels ahead of Crosland, might also determine where Crosland settles in to play.

 

Jason Crosland's Career Stats

 

Year/Team

HR

RBI

AVG

SB

G

AB

R

H

2B

3B

BB

KO

2003 GCL

(Rookie)

6

22

.263

4

44

152

20

40

6

2

12

43

Career Stats

6

22

.263

4

44

152

20

40

6

2

12

43

 


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