PHILS’ FUTURE STARTS TODAY! J. P. CRAWFORD MAKES THE MAJORS!

By Sam Bush

The Phillies will get a peek into their future today when prospect J.P. Crawford joins the team in New York.

Crawford, 22, went 1-for-3 with a two-run home run in last night’s 4-3 victory over Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, which clinched a postseason berth for the Lehigh Valley IronPigs.

“Playoffs [are the] best time to play baseball, but big leagues sound a lot better,” Crawford told the Allentown Morning Call. “Been working at it since I was 5 years old.”

Crawford hit .280 with 16 doubles, five triples, 13 home runs, 42 RBIs and a .904 OPS in 312 plate appearances since June 20. He walked 43 times and struck out 55 times. It was a dramatic turnaround from a troubling first half, when he hit just .194 with a .565 OPS in 244 plate appearances through June 10. It dropped him from his preseason spot as the No. 7 prospect in baseball.

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