Baseball America released their midseason Top 50 prospects list and the Phillies feature two players on the list. Shortstop J.P. Crawford, the team's 2013 first-round pick, comes in on the list at No. 23 while third baseman Maikel Franco rounds out the list at No. 50. Baseball America notes that Crawford could become a top 10 prospect and one of the top shortstop prospects in the game.
Crawford, 19, has advanced rather quickly as he reached Low-A Lakewood at the end of last season. The 6'2", 180 lbs. shortstop was batting .295/.398/.405 with three home runs and 19 RBIs at Lakewood before getting called up to High-A Clearwater where he is batting .239/.320/.388 with three home runs and seven RBIs in 17 games.
Franco, 21, has struggled a bit in his first full season at Triple-A Lehigh Valley batting .227/.280/.353 with six home runs and 37 RBIs. While his average is down from .320 last season, including a .339 average in 69 games with Double-A Reading, Franco has began to heat up in July batting .458/.458/.792 with a home run and six RBIs in five July games.
For the record, I'm not worried at all about Maikel Franco's early-season struggles in Triple-A. The kid is still young and improving. As for Crawford, well, there's a lot to like about his potential with the Phillies.
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