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The Future is Closer; J.P. Crawford Promoted to Lehigh Valley

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J.P. Crawford at the Phillies Futures Game

After a 36-game stint this season in Double-A Reading, consensus No. 1 prospect J.P. Crawford is heading on up to Triple-A Lehigh Valley. Infielder Ryan Jackson was traded to the Angels in order to make room for Crawford.

With this move, Crawford is now just one step away from the major leagues. From now until his eventual promotion, Phillies fans will be itching to see Crawford at Citizens Bank Park.

Crawford had a .265/.398/.390 split so far this season with a 135 wRC+. As usual, he has walked more than he struck out, walking 18.1% of his plate appearances and only struck out 12.7%.

As noted by Matt Breen of the Philadelphia Inquirer, Crawford is the second-youngest player in the International League at just 21 years old. Ozzie Albies of the Braves is the youngest at 19.

 

Phillies Pitching Prospects Don’t Need to be Rushed

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Ricardo Pinto warms up at the Phillies Futures Game

Coming into this season, there was a solid chance the Phillies rotation was going to be rough. If the 2015 rotation was any indication, the Phillies weren’t going to have anything close to solid starting pitching. While Jerad Eickhoff and Aaron Nola were prepped to bolster the rotation, Charlie Morton and Jeremy Hellickson were big question marks.

However, this graphic put out by Fangraphs today shows the Phillies’ starting pitchers have the best FIP (Fielding-Independent Pitching) in the major leagues as of April 17th.

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