After appearing in only five games during his freshman year, Crawford established himself as one of the top college arms in the nation as a sophomore. Working 77.2 innings over 19 games for the Gators, the right-hander registered a 3.13 ERA with 73 strikeouts and 24 walks. However, Crawford’s shining moment came in the first game of the Gainesville Regional, when he fired a no-hitter against Bethune-Cookman and showcased an electric fastball-slider combination. As a result, the right-hander entered the 2013 season as surefire first-round draft pick, possibly even a top-10 selection. Since then, though, Crawford’s stock has been on the decline due to decreased fastball velocity and inconsistent command. Overall, he finished his junior campaign with a 3-6 record, 4.03 ERA and 64/33 K/BB in 80.3 innings. Although his performance this season has raised a host of questions about Crawford’s future role and ceiling, his raw arm strength and swing-and-miss slider should result in a selection on the first day of the draft.
Jonathan Crawford: Prospect Profile for Detroit Tigers' 1st-Round Pick
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