18 year old shortstop JP Crawford sat down with Cover The Bases, as we got an exclusive interview (via Twitter) today with the 16 overall pick of the 2013 first year player draft by the Philadelphia Phillies. Crawford, in 53 professional games, has impressed many people, with a .308/.405/.400 three slash line with 1 HR and 21 RBI. The shortstop was the first Phillies first round pick to be drafted and called up to the Lakewood Blue Claws (Single-A affiliate) in the same season. That's very impressive, considering that the Phillies have had stars like Chase Ultey and Jimmy Rollins come through their system. Let's get to the interview.
Cover The Bases: Is there any added pressure in your game being a first round pick for an organization like the Phillies?
JP Crawford: No. [You] just got to go out there and play the same game.
CTB: What's been the toughest transition to professional baseball thus far?
JPC: Just being away from home [in Lakewood, CA]. (Lakewood, NJ -- where the Blue Claws are located -- is almost 2,500 miles from Lakewood, CA)
CTB: Why do you like playing shortstop?
JPC: I've been playing it since I started playing. I just love the action and I have always liked to be the leader on the field.
CTB: Who do you want to resemble at shortstop? Why?
JPC: [Derek] Jeter. He plays 110% every game. He respects the game and plays the game the right way.
CTB: Did you know that you were the first Phillies player to play in Lakewood in your first year of professional ball? How would you like to build on that?
JPC: Yeah, they told me when I went up there. I want to just keep moving up quickly and make the big leagues as soon as possible.
CTB: What's your biggest career goal?
JPC: To make a name for myself in Philadelphia, and to be [ultimately] in the Baseball Hall of Fame.
CTB: Have you ever been to Citizens Bank Park? If so, what's your favorite about it?
JPC: I have. I just love the atmosphere there.
I want to give a big thank you to JP Crawford (follow him on Twitter @jp_crawford) and I hope for the best for him as he continues his journey up to the big leagues. Crawford will most likely start next year back in Lakewood. He is the Phillies shortstop of the future, in their opinions, and I think he could be a good ballplayer. He definitely has a good mindset right now. Once again, thanks to JP Crawford for participating.