Phillies prospect J.P. Crawford catches stealing runner with incredible, leaping acrobatic tag
Phillies prospect makes incredible, acrobatic tag
With Cole Hamels trying to help the Rangers sneak into the postseason and Jimmy Rollins and Chase Utley establishing a Phillies satellite office in the Dodgers clubhouse, it's safe to say that baseball fans in the City of Brotherly Love have shifted their focus to the team's future.
Prospect Maikel Franco took over at third base to briefly make a run at the NL Rookie of the Year conversation, 2014 first-round MLB Draft pick Aaron Nola made his MLB debut and has looked impressive in his first handful of big league starts and shortstop of the future J.P Crawford caught the attention of many as he earned a promotion to Double-A Reading and was named the No. 5 overall prospect in baseball by MLB.com.
Speaking of Crawford and Double-A Reading, the Fightins are playing the Binghamton Mets in the Eastern League playoffs and the 20-year-old prospect showed off some raw athleticism to complete a strike 'em out, throw 'em out double play on Saturday.
With no outs in the top of the fifth and Reading up, 4-2, (and Mets shortstop Amed Rosario on first base), Ben Lively got Victor Cruzado to strike out swinging. Rosario tried to take second on a delayed steal and Phillies catching prospect Andrew Knapp fired a throw down to second where ... no one seemed to be covering. But then, out of nowhere, Crawford came streaking across the frame, leaped in the air to corral the high throw and reached down to tag Rosario out before gravity pulled him back to Earth.
Crawford also homered and drew three walks as the Fightins won the game and swept the series. The future is bright, folks. (And if you still don't believe what you just saw, feel free to watch the full play -- complete with enthusiastic commentary -- in the video below.)