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June 24, 2014

BP Top 50

J.P. Crawford vs. Tim Anderson

by Jason Parks, CJ Wittmann and Nick J. Faleris

The Rules
Rather than re-printing the BP Prospect Team Midseason Top 50 debates—much of which involves discussion of multiple players at the same time—we thought it would be interesting to call out some of the more interesting pairings among players in consideration for the #BPTop50 and allow an advocate for each to make his case for why that player should be ranked ahead of the other.

In each case, the BP Prospect Team member advocating on behalf of a prospect may or may not ultimately prefer that prospect, but in any event has agreed to argue that prospect’s case for purposes of this series. It’s a good reminder that the differences in value between players on these rankings is sometimes quite small, and in most cases a strong case can be made for ranking players in any number of combinations.

Nick Faleris serves as a quasi-moderator for the debate, introducing the players and leading a question-and-answer session to help tease out the arguments for and against each player.

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Ace Black

Great piece! I can't help recalling Keith Law's projection of Anderson where he said he could settle in as a "slap hitter/speed guy who plays above average defense at short." Coupled with your offensive projections for Anderson, I would have to take him over Crawford if he can stick at short.

Jun 24, 2014 05:10 AM
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BP staff member Jason Parks
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I definitely don't see Anderson as a slap/speed hitter; he can really drive the baseball with power. Big explosion off of his stick.

Jun 24, 2014 06:42 AM

If Anderson has an outside chance of sticking at shortstop, doesn't that alter the equation?

Jun 24, 2014 12:49 PM
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BP staff member Jason Parks
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He does have a chance of sticking at SS. I think he eventually ends up at 2B, but he has the raw tools to make it work. He's just raw.

I just think Crawford has the safer skill-set at the position, and I don't think the offensive upside is crazy enough to stand above a no-doubt shortstop like Crawford, at least as far as rankings are concerned.

Jun 24, 2014 14:19 PM

If you're the Pirates GM, having seen Dilson Hererra and Alen Hanson and maybe even Jordy Mercer come through the system without ever developing a legit shortstop, you might lean towards Crawford. Shortstops can be hard to find.

Great piece.

Jun 24, 2014 05:18 AM
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This is the line that ends this debate for me:

"Crawford is a true shortstop, and he will remain a shortstop going forward, which puts him on a shelf few can legitimately occupy in the minors."

Shortstops are a premium, and when you have one, you value them like gold.

Jun 24, 2014 06:26 AM
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Unless you already have one, in which case having a highly competent 2B or CF on both sides of the ball is much more valuable. It's not like there's no defensive value outside of shortstop, and that offense is irrelevant. Otherwise Jose Iglesias would be the most valuable player in the world.

Jun 24, 2014 07:40 AM
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No-shit shortstop. Heh.

Jun 24, 2014 07:09 AM
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Is there a way to delete comments? I'm embarrassed by my behavior.

Jun 24, 2014 16:06 PM
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How much of seeing previous prospects like Bubba Starling alter your guys preception/projection on a player like Anderson?

Jun 25, 2014 05:43 AM
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Great article -- MORE, PLEASE!

Jun 26, 2014 08:49 AM
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