Phillies sign first-round pick J.P. Crawford

Phillies sign first-round pick J.P. Crawford

June 18, 2013, 6:15 pm
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Pick No. 16: J.P. Crawford, Lakewood HS (Calif.), SS, (6-2, 180)
Pick No. 53: Andrew Knapp, California (Calif.), C, (6-1, 192)
Pick No. 89: Cord Sandberg, Manatee HS (Fla.), CF, (6-3, 215)
Pick No. 96: Jan Hernandez, Carlos Beltran Baseball Academy (Puerto Rico), SS, (6-1, 194)

Pick No. 121: Jake Sweaney, Garces Memorial HS (Calif.), C, (6-3, 180)
Pick No. 151: Ben Holmes, Oregon State (Ore.), LHP, (6-1, 210)
Pick No. 181: Jason Monda, Washington State (Wash.), OF, (6-4, 205)

Pick No. 211: Trey Williams, College of the Canyons (Calif.), 3B, (6-1, 210)

Pick No. 241: Justin Parr, University of Illinois (Ill.), OF, (6-2, 190)
Pick No. 271: Shane Martin, Southwestern Oklahoma State University (Okla.), RHP, (6-4, 215)

Pick No. 301: Jon Prosinski, Seton Hall University (N.J.), RHP, (6-3, 180)

The Phillies have signed first-round selection and 16th overall pick J.P. Crawford to a contract. The deal, according to the Los Angeles Times, is worth just under $2.3 million.

Crawford had committed to attend USC on a baseball scholarship, but soon after being drafted, he admitted he wanted "to sign ... as soon as possible."

An 18-year-old shortstop, Crawford was the second straight player out of Lakewood High School in Southern California whom the Phillies took with their first pick.

Last year, the Phils drafted right-handed pitcher Shane Watson 40th overall. Watson currently is 3-6 with a 5.79 ERA at Single A Lakewood.

Crawford comes from an athletic family. His father Larry played football for nine seasons in the CFL, and his cousin is Dodgers outfielder Carl Crawford.

Late last week, the Phillies signed their second and third picks from the draft, catcher Andrew Knapp and outfielder Cord Sandberg (see story).