Jonathon Crawford, RHP, University of Florida
Class: Junior; Height: 6-2; Weight: 205
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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