Crawford signs with Phillies in No. 3 jersey

Justin, son of Major Leaguer Carl Crawford, gets over-slot bonus

July 25th, 2022

PHILADELPHIA -- Justin Crawford wore a Phillies jersey as he toured Citizens Bank Park on Monday afternoon. It had his last name and No. 3 on the back.

“[Bryce] Harper was joking with me and saying, 'You’ve got to give up that No. 3,'” Crawford said. “I was like, ‘You’ve got that, man. Don’t worry.’ That’s the number I wore in high school, but I’ll give that up in the blink of an eye.”

Crawford signed with a $3,894,800 bonus as the 17th overall pick in the 2022 Draft, which was $100,000 over the slot value.

Crawford, 18, batted .503 (77-for-153) with 17 doubles, eight triples, five home runs, 52 RBIs, 20 stolen bases and a 1.379 OPS in 42 games during his senior season at Bishop Gorman High School in Las Vegas. The 6-foot-3, 175-pound outfielder said he plans to arrive in Clearwater, Fla., on Tuesday. Crawford's top priority is getting accustomed to professional baseball and getting stronger, and he said he would like to add about 10 pounds of muscle before next spring.

Crawford’s father is Carl Crawford, who played 15 years in the big leagues with the Rays, Red Sox and Dodgers. As a kid, Justin Crawford said he modeled his game after his father, but he's his own player now.

“I never really model my game after anyone,” he said.

The Phillies also signed 14 of their other 19 picks. They hope to sign at least three of the remaining four picks as early as Wednesday.

The 14 players signed are:

OF Gabriel Rincones Jr. (3rd round, No. 93 overall)
RHP Orion Kerkering (5th round, No. 152 overall)
LHP Mavis Graves (6th round, No. 182 overall)
C Caleb Ricketts (7th round, No. 212 overall)
RHP Alex Rao (8th round, No. 242 overall)
OF Chad Castillo (9th round, No. 272 overall)
C Gustavo Sosa (10th round, No. 302 overall)
C Jordan Dissin (12th round, No. 362 overall)
OF Cade Fergus (13th round, No. 392 overall)
SS Bryan Rincon (14th round, No. 422 overall)
OF Troy Schreffler (15th round, No. 452 overall)
RHP Josh Bortka (16th round, No. 482 overall)
RHP Daniel Harper (17th round, No. 512 overall)
RHP Drew Garrett (19th round, No. 572 overall)

The Phillies also signed five undrafted free agents: left-handed pitchers Mason Ronan (College of Central Florida) and Danny Wilkinson (Villanova); third baseman Matthew Alifano (Adelphi University, N.Y.); and outfielders Ezra Farmer (Tahquitz High School, Hemet, Calif.) and Dakota Kotowski (Missouri State University).