Crawford Top Phil on BA Prospect List

J.P. Crawford took a slight move up from where he stood a year ago on the list of the top 100 prospects in baseball as ranked by Baseball America. A year ago, the presumed starting shortstop for the 2018 Phillies stood at 19th on the list and comes into this season ranked 16th following a second-half surge following a difficult first half of the season that saw him tumble all the way to 92nd on their mid-season list.

In all, the Phillies placed five players on the list, but division rival Atlanta placed eight. Milwaukee, the New York Yankees, San Diego and Tampa Bay all placed six players on the list of the top 100 prospects. Braves outfielder Ronald Acuna tops the list, followed by Shohei Ohtani (Angels), Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (Blue Jays), Eloy Jimenez (White Sox) and Victor Robles (Nationals).

Following Crawford, among Phillies prospects, is Sixto Sanchez (25th), Scott Kingery (31st), Adonis Medina (84th) and Adam Haseley (100th). The Phillies first overall pick in the 2016 Draft, Mickey Moniak, was ranked 46th a year ago, but didn’t make the list coming into the 2018 season. Moniak hit .236 at Lakewood last season.

Sanchez is a 19-year old right-hander who throws heat. Sanchez spent most of last season with Lakewood where he made 13 starts and went 5-3 with a 2.41 ERA. The Phillies promoted him to Clearwater late in the season and he made five starts for the Threshers and posted a 4.55 ERA with an 0-4 record. It’s likely that he’ll start 2018 with the Threshers.

Clearwater could also have Medina in their rotation to open the 2018 season. Medina, 21, spent all of last season with Lakewood and made 22 starts, going just 4-9, but with a 3.01 ERA. He struck out 133 hitters in 119 2/3 innings of work with the BlueClaws.

Kingery will likely start the season with Lehigh Valley, but it won’t be surprising to see him at the major league level at some point this season, possibly supplanting second baseman Cesar Hernandez in the starting lineup. Kingery, 23, could be the consistent leadoff hitter that the Phillies could use in their lineup.

Haseley, 21, was the eighth overall pick in last year’s draft and could join Sanchez and Medina on what could be an impressive Clearwater roster. After being drafted, Haseley played just three games in the Gulf Coast League before moving up to Williamsport and then to Lakewood in mid-August. Between the three stops, he played in 58 games with a slash line of 3-28-.284/.357/.405 in his debut season. The Phillies could be a little more cautious with Haseley and have him open the season with Lakewood before moving up to Clearwater at some point.

 

Chuck Hixson

Chuck has a wide and varied background in covering sports both locally and nationally. Living in the Lehigh Valley area of Pennsylvania, Chuck has the distinction of being the only person to have covered both the Lehigh Valley IronPigs and Lehigh Valley Phantoms in every season of their existence. Chuck began covering sports in 1998 when he was the first program director and morning host at WTKZ-AM in Allentown, Pennsylvania when the station switched to an all sports format. Chuck produced the stations coverage of the Allentown Ambassadors baseball team, which played in the independent Northeast League. From there, Chuck was the editor and writer of Pinstripes magazine, covering Phillies baseball. That led to Chuck founding Philly Baseball Insider in 2003. Chuck has done freelance work for national entities such as USA TODAY, CBS, FOX Sports, Washington Times and others.

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