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Phillies prospect J.P. Crawford will arrive in the majors on Tuesday

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Phillies prospect J.P. Crawford will arrive in the majors on Tuesday

NEW YORK — The long-awaited arrival of J.P. Crawford to the major leagues is upon us.
 
The Phillies on Monday promoted the 22-year-old shortstop to the majors. The move came moments after Crawford helped the Triple A Lehigh Valley IronPigs win their regular season finale to earn a berth in the International League playoffs.
 
Playing in the postseason, at any level, can be beneficial to a player's development, but Phillies officials have decided they'd rather have Crawford in the majors for the final 25 games of this season so they can gauge his readiness for the possibility of a spot on next year's 25-man roster, either on opening day or shortly thereafter.

Crawford will join the club in New York in time for Tuesday night's game against the Mets at Citi Field. He will get some time at shortstop, his natural position. He is also expected to get some time at third base, a position at which he recently started to get reps.
 
Whatever time that Crawford gets at shortstop will come at the expense of Freddy Galvis, the team's regular at the position since the start of the 2015 season. Galvis has played Gold Glove caliber defense this season and is on record as saying he would like to play in all 162 games. He played center field in a game last week and could play some there as manager Pete Mackanin tries to help Galvis reach his goal.
 
Galvis last week said he understood that the team wanted to take a look at Crawford in September (see story). Galvis will be eligible for salary arbitration for the final time this winter and is slated to become a free agent after the 2018 season. He could be the Phillies' regular shortstop next season. Or he could be shopped for a trade over the winter.
 
Crawford was the Phillies' top pick (No. 16 overall) in 2013. He survived a brutal first half of this season and finished with a .243 batting average and a .756 OPS at Lehigh Valley. From June 20 through Monday's regular-season finale, he hit .280 with a .381 on-base percentage, 13 homers, 42 RBIs and a .904 OPS.

When Crawford plays, he will become the 14th Phillie to make his major-league debut this season.

Rhys Hoskins puts on a show at Home Run Derby but runs into some bad luck

Rhys Hoskins puts on a show at Home Run Derby but runs into some bad luck

Kyle. Freakin'. Schwarber.

Rhys Hoskins put on a show in the Home Run Derby Monday night in Washington, D.C., but he, unfortunately, faced off against Schwarber in the second round and Schwarber went off.

Hoskins hit 20 in the semifinal round, which to that point was the most all night. Schwarber started rather slowly, but began cranking jack after jack and hit his 21st just as the four-minute clock expired.

It was a dramatic walk-off from Schwarber, but he actually had 30 more seconds to play with because he hit two homers farther than 440 feet and was awarded some extra time.

In the other semifinal, Bryce Harper beat Max Muncy 13-12. Smh. Harper went on to knock off Schwarber in the final round to claim the Home Run Derby title.

In all, Hoskins hit 37 homers in two rounds, with the deepest two going 466 and 463 feet. He homered on nearly half of his swings.

An extremely impressive first showing in the derby for Hoskins, who may want to return because of the unfinished business.

First round

Leading off the derby, Hoskins cranked 17 jacks to upset 1-seed Jesus Aguilar, who hit 11.

With 17, Hoskins tied Muncy for the most in the first round, though Muncy and Harper stopped before time expired because they had already beaten their opponent.

Hoskins just had a much quicker pace than Aguilar, who took his time between swings, as did his pitcher.

Entering the night, Hoskins was 11/2 to win the derby, per Bovada. Aguilar had the second-shortest odds at 7/2, behind only Harper.

A cool moment occurred midway through the first round when Hoskins called his one permitted timeout and fist bumped with Harper, who was expressing awe at the ease of Hoskins' homers.


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Phillies 1st-rounder Adam Haseley honored after dynamic opening week at AA

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Phillies 1st-rounder Adam Haseley honored after dynamic opening week at AA

Adam Haseley had one heck of a first week in Double A.

The Phillies' first-round pick in 2017 (eighth overall) was promoted to Double A Reading on July 11 and responded by going 5 for 13 (.385) with a double, two homers and two walks in his first four games.

As a result, Haseley was named Eastern League Player of the Week in his very first try.

Haseley has already been promoted four times over the last calendar year. Last summer, he began in the Gulf Coast League, was promoted to Low A Williamsport after three games, then made it to Class A Lakewood by season's end. 

He began this season at High A Clearwater and earned the promotion to Reading after hitting .300 in 354 plate appearances.

All told, Haseley has hit .296/.352/.423 with 27 doubles, seven triples and 10 homers in 616 plate appearances in the minors. 

The 22-year-old University of Virginia product was a more polished prospect than the previous year's No. 1 pick, Mickey Moniak

Moniak, who turned 20 on May 13, has hit .242 with a meager .268 OBP in 75 games at Clearwater this season. The power has been slow to come around, and Moniak has slashed just .247/.290/.350 in 999 plate appearances the last three seasons.

There's still plenty of time for Moniak, but he can't be satisfied with how he's hit to this point, nor can an organization that used the first overall pick in the draft on him. Some baseball people have questioned whether Moniak will grow strong enough to consistently drive the baseball as the quality of pitching he faces increases. 

Rounding out the first-round pick updates, Cornelius Randolph has struggled even more than Moniak. Randolph, drafted 10th overall in 2015, has hit .215 with one home run in 80 games at Double A this season. 

Randolph was drafted for his offense specifically but things haven't clicked yet. He's hit .252/.346/.362 with 17 homers in 1,328 plate appearances since being drafted.

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