Junior, Reynoldsburg, Ohio
6 feet 2, 165 pounds
No. 267 overall pick, selected by the San Francisco Giants
Crawford is probably one of the highest-potential players in the draft. He’s got several tools – great speed, a strong arm and a solid bat.
Crawford shuffled around the field during his time in Bloomington – playing second, third and shortstop before landing in the outfield for his senior year. It’s there he said the Giants have him projected, as a center fielder.
All of the first-day drafted Hoosiers gathered in their hometowns rather than in Bloomington to take in the proceedings with family and friends. Crawford was no different, returning to Reynoldsburg.
But he had some familiar company on draft day from IU teammate and soon-to-be Milwaukee Brewers pitcher Eric Arnett, a good friend from nearby Pataskala, Ohio.
“He’s happy for me,” Crawford said.
GETTING THERE QUICK
Crawford’s speed isn’t just lip service – he stole a Big Ten-leading 27 bases. For his career, he stole 63 bases during three seasons.
That speed, along with his arm strength, makes Crawford a strong prospect in the field as well, as does his relative inexperience in center field, meaning he’s got room to grow.