The Philadelphia Phillies selected Lakewood (Calif.) High School shortstop J.P. Crawford with the No. 16 pick in the 2013 MLB Amateur Draft.
A cousin of Los Angeles outfielder Carl Crawford, J.P. is considered to be one of the better pure shortstop prospects in this year's draft class, with a good chance of remaining at the position. As Nick Faleris of Baseball Prospectus put it, Crawford is, "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." Crawford has committed to USC.
MLB.com's Jonathan Mayo notes that Crawford "has a loose, wristy stroke and can hit the ball to all fields. He has average raw power and could grow into more as he matures," but, " his stock slipped a bit this spring as some scouts questioned his hitting tools." ESPN's Keith Law identified Crawford as "the one true, no-doubt shortstop in this draft class."