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May 14, 2013

Scouting the Draft

Middle Infielders to Know

by Nick J. Faleris


The 2013 draft class is shy on impact middle infielders, particularly at the collegiate ranks, where our three profiled players each stand a fair chance of shifting to another position once they begin their pro careers. The high schoolers carry a little more depth but still plenty of questions, with only one player seeming to fit a true first-round profile.

Cream of the Crop

J.P. Crawford | SS | Lakewood HS (Lakewood, CA)
Height/Weight: 6-foot-2/180 pounds
B/T: L/R
Draft Day Age: 18 years, 5 months
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Though seldom overflowing with draft prospects, the shortstop position is particularly thin up top this year, with Lakewood High School standout J.P. Crawford, a USC commit, the only true Day 1 talent that projects to stick at the position long-term. Crawford blends a promising offensive profile and the defensive foundation to thrive in the six spot as a pro and has improved his game on both sides of the plate over the past 12 months.

At his best, Crawford hits off of a firm front side and creates some leverage through his long arms and quick-twitch core. His swing can get long and loopy, but there is potential for an average or better hit tool and fringe-average pop off the quality of his hands and increasing ability to consistently barrel the ball. He made steady progress throughout the scouting circuit last summer/fall and has continued to put together solid showings this spring.

In the field, Crawford blends smooth actions with soft hands, a wide wingspan, and an arm for the left side of the infield, making him a solid candidate to handle the challenges of shortstop at the next level. He loses some range due to occasionally stiff setup as he transitions from pre-pitch to first step, though this is something that pro instruction should clean up quickly. When in motion, he moves confidently and has the arm strength and lower-body agility to make throws from multiple angles at various positions on the field.

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