MIAMI -- The J.P. Crawford era in Philadelphia is right around the corner, and it could arrive as early as Tuesday.With rosters expanding Friday, many teams around the league wasted little time promoting some of their top prospects for the final month of the regular season.But the Phillies apparently won't
MIAMI -- The J.P. Crawford era in Philadelphia is right around the corner, and it could arrive as early as Tuesday.
With rosters expanding Friday, many teams around the league wasted little time promoting some of their top prospects for the final month of the regular season.
But the Phillies apparently won't call up any prospects until after their Minor League affiliates' seasons come to an end. Triple-A Lehigh Valley and Double-A Reading conclude the regular season Monday.
"I'm not exactly sure about who's coming, but there's a few names that have been dropped. I'll find out in the next day or two," Phillies manager Pete Mackanin said. "Our Triple-A season ends I think on Monday, so I would imagine we're gonna see somebody on Tuesday."
That somebody could very well be Crawford, a shortstop and the club's No. 4 prospect and No. 61 prospect in baseball according to MLBPipeline.com.
On Wednesday, the Phillies started regular shortstop Freddy Galvis in center field, possibly clearing way for Crawford in an early hint of what's to come.
Crawford got off to a slow start with the IronPigs this year, but since June 20 has slashed .275/.375/.510 with 12 homers and 39 RBIs in 67 games. His advanced plate discipline has netted him 40 walks and 54 strikeouts during that span.
Along with Crawford, second baseman Scott Kingery is another name to look out for. There may not be a clear spot for him to play with Cesar Hernandez at second, but the club's No. 3 prospect (No. 56 overall) has torched Minor League pitching.
In 128 games between Double-A and Triple-A, Kingery is hitting .304 with 26 homers, 65 RBIs and an .894 OPS. He could still use some seasoning though, as he's struck out 107 times in 529 at-bats.
Regardless, Mackanin is excited to see some fresh faces that can hopefully produce like rookie sensation Rhys Hoskins did in his first month in the big leagues.
"I'm always excited. I always like to see young players, see how they look, especially to see somebody come to the big leagues for the first time," Mackanin said. "It's always nice to welcome a first-timer to the big leagues, and we've had plenty of those this year. It's always a lot of fun, because this is a big step."
Patrick Pinak is a reporter for MLB.com based in Miami.