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"...the Phillies have the game of finding black diamonds in the rough on smash."
From Jimmy Rollins (NL MVP in ‘07) to Ryan Howard (‘06 MVP) to recent emerging slugger Dominic Brown and now Crawford, the Phillies have the game of finding black diamonds in the rough on smash.
He’s also a rare “black” shortstop, considered by many experts to be the best middle infielder in the draft and only one of three taken in the first 20 picks.
By WAR, the worst season ever for a shortstop who hit 23 or more home runs was Dale Sveum's 1987. Sveum had 25 HR and 95 RBI, but his OBP was .303, he was a poor baserunner, his defense was miserable, and a lot of guys hit home runs in 1987. He ends up with 0.6 WAR for his troubles.
Ryan Howard was the 140th pick overall, 5th round. He certainly qualifies as a BDitR, if indeed there is such a thing.
is the cousin of the Dodgers outfielder Carl Crawford, so you know multi-tooled dopeness is in the genes.
I like Crawford as a prospect, but his chances of sticking at short seem kinda low to me. He can fly, and his hands aren't really that soft IMO.
Isn't this true of most amateur SS who can hit? Most of your great hitters start at skilled positions b/c they are such great athletes. They move down the spectrum in the majors b/c the defensive bar is so high at SS or CF.
Two of the three shortstops taken in the top 20 (and 3 of the 5 taken in the first round) were black.
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