By Harry Allison
Future Phillies shortstop J.P. Crawford is getting accustomed to Triple-A pitching.
The Phillies’ top prospect is hitting .198 through 23 games, but last night he reminded everyone why he is so highly touted.
The No. 3 overall prospect went 3-for-3 with two doubles in Lehigh Valley’s 7-5 win over Gwinnett.
“I felt great today,” Crawford told MiLB.com “I’ve kind of made some adjustments from getting called up and it finally felt good to have a good day at the plate. Me and my hitting coach [Sal Rende], we’ve been working on just staying short and trying to hit the gaps.”
Crawford drew a walk in his first at-bat, doubled to right in the third, doubled to center in the fourth and singled to center in the sixth.
The 21-year-old shortstop also stole his eighth base of the year and scored two runs.