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.