John Paul Crawford
Height: 6'2" Weight: 180
Bats/Throws: Left / Right
Born: 01/11/1995 in Long Beach, California
Acquired: In trade from the Philadelphia Phillies, with Carlos Santana, for Jean Segura, James Pazos, and Juan Nicasio (12/03/2018)
MLB Debut: 09/05/2017
Free Agent after: 2024 season
Twitter handle: @jp_crawford
The key player in the Jean Segura trade with Philadelphia, former first-round draft selection Crawford began 2019 in Triple-A, in part to suppress his service time to the point that the Mariners could control his contract through another season. The ethics of that decision aside, Crawford tore up the Pacific Coast League, batting .319/.420/.457 for Tacoma, while shortstop was being capably manned at the big-league level by Tim Beckham. Beckham's red-hot start faded dramatically, though, and then infielders Dee Gordon and Dylan Moore were both hit in the wrist by pitches during a series in New York, creating an opening for Crawford.
Thus far, Crawford has produced reasonably well—it's a smallish sample size, of course, but since his promotion to the M's, he's hit about .260 with an on-base mark of .340+. Defensively, he's been pretty good, though uneven; along with some spectacular plays, he's also made five errors, but his range is excellent. If there's a trouble area, it's his platoon splits—against left-handed pitching, J.P. is only batting .125 (just shy of .300 vs. right-handers). The walks are still there, and as noted, the sample size is tiny, but something to keep an eye on.
The cousin of former Major League All-Star outfielder Carl Crawford, JP was a prime offseason target for Seattle GM Jerry Dipoto, who made a number of attempts to acquire Crawford before the eventual deal that landed him. "There were numerous different scenarios." Dipoto said. "We talked to the Phillies about more than just Jean Segura. There were other players throughout the offseason that we had discussed with them, and each time we brought up JP." The Phillies insisted on one of two Mariner All-Stars for him, though—Segura or reliever Edwin Díaz, who would later be traded to the Mets.