College Draft Profile: Jonathon Crawford

 

Jonathon Crawford, RHP, University of Florida

Class: Junior; Height: 6-2; Weight: 205

Updated: 06/02/13

Recipient of the 2012 International Performance of the Year Award for his work on the USA College National Team last summer, Crawford entered the year with much regard; thanks, of course, to his two wins against Cuba in Havana.

This season, however, Crawford’s production regressed noticeably, definitely pushing the right-hander out of the first round and potentially into the latter half of the second.

Through his first 86.2 innings of work, he’s struck out just 69 and walked a whopping 37, both of which are career lows for the junior. 

Projection: There’s some upside here given his track record, including his dominant sophomore season (8.46 K/9 and 2.78 BB/9) as well as his work during the summer. But he’s taken a rather large step back, developmentally speaking, and one wonders if it’s from a long 2012 season. Unless he can rediscover some of his peripheral-magic, Crawford looks like a backend filler, potentially peaking as a #4/#5-type guy.  

Ceiling: 1.5-win player

Likelihood of Reaching His Ceiling: Low to Moderate

Drafted: Second or Third Round

 

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After serving as a video scout/analyst for Baseball Info Solutions, Joe Werner began writing at his original site, ReleasePoints.com. He’s since transitioned into his current niche, prospect analysis, at ProspectDigest.com. He has been fortunate — and incredibly blessed — to have some of his work published and mentioned by several major media outlets, including: ESPN, Cleveland.com and the Baseball Research Journal. He can be reached at: JosephMWerner@yahoo.com.