By Sam Bush
Top Phillies prospect J. P. Crawford is one step closer to the majors.
The Phillies have promoted shortstop Crawford to Lehigh Valley (Triple-A). Crawford, 21, was hitting .265/.398/.390 in 36 games in Reading (Double-A) with eight doubles, three home runs, and 13 RBI’s. Crawford has seven errors, as well.
Before the 2016 season, Crawford was ranked as baseball’s fourth best prospect by ESPN’s Keith Law.