Phillies shortstop prospect J.P. Crawford has picked it up of late at the plate, but his extremely slow start to the season resulted in an 80-spot drop in Baseball America's prospect rankings.
Crawford, who was ranked 12th by Baseball America entering the season, checked in at No. 92 on BA's Midseason Top 100, released Friday.
Crawford is hitting .215/.328/.326 on the season with 46 walks and 52 strikeouts. Over his last 18 games, though, he's hit .290/.380/.551 with 10 extra-base hits, 10 walks and 12 K's.
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(Crawford also dropped from fourth to 20th in Baseball Prospectus' midseason rankings, which were released Thursday.)
Seven Phillies prospects made Baseball America's Midseason Top 100:
• 46: OF Mickey Moniak
• 47: RHP Sixto Sanchez
• 52: 2B Scott Kingery
• 69: 1B Rhys Hoskins
• 81: C Jorge Alfaro
• 92: SS J.P. Crawford
• 98: OF Adam Haseley
Hoskins moved up 19 spots. Sanchez moved up 14 spots. Kingery went from no ranking to 52.
Moniak dropped 33 spots. Alfaro fell 49 spots.
These rankings obviously are not a be-all, end-all, but they're a good indication of which prospects are rising and falling, who is developing and who is slowing down.
In contrast, the major-league Phillies had zero players on ESPN's MLB Top 100.