2013 MLB Draft results: SS J.P. Crawford selected by Phillies with No. 16 pick

Mike Stobe

The Philadelphia Phillies selected SS J.P. Crawford with the No. 16 overall pick in the 2013 MLB Draft. A legit MLB shortstop with a chance to hit, J.P. Crawford is one of the best prospects in this year's class.

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."

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