Hands start high, some length into the zone, direct swing, fluid load and transfer, plus bat speed; advanced approach, works counts, creates long at-bats, can get passive, approach leads to high walk totals, more strikeouts; pull-oriented
Power is to pull side, limited loft, doubles power with occasional pulled homeruns; bat speed to generate hard line-drive contact
4.20 home-to-first; speed kept mostly in reserve; doesn't jailbreak out of box; shorter, upright stride; can steal the occasional base
Advanced glove with easy actions; steady defender, not flashy; plus range into the hole
Easy arm strength, can throw on the run, arm strength and accuracy from the hole
Former first-round pick is a steady, true shortstop with four average-or-better tools. The hit tool projects plus with a patient approach as the standout attribute. He is rarely aggressive early in the count and will work pitchers for long at bats and walks. There is ample bat speed with a line-drive stroke that produces sound contact skills, though it's a pull-heavy approach. The frame suggests more speed utility than he shows, and it is more impactful in the field than on the bases. The glove and arm are carrying tools, with both rating as easy plus. Crawford should be a quality contributor offensively and defensively. Future well-rounded, starting SS with first-division potential.