Mariners SS JP Crawford Here For The Long Haul?
I am sure everyone has an opinion about J.P. Crawford being the Seattle Mariners shortstop for the long term beyond 2021. I like the guy though his defense is erratic he sometimes makes awesome plays at short. I am sure over time he will make the routine play as well.
In the long run, it will be his offense that decides whether he is with the Mariners for the long term. In 2019, he showed some flashes in his offense though, in the end, he had a .226 batting average with seven home run, 46 rbi’s and five stolen bases.
J.P. Crawford looked like he fit well in the second spot in the batting order but whether he stays there we will have to see. Hitting behind Mallex Smith or Shed Long could benefit Crawford if either player can consistently get on base. Also, he had an on-base percentage of .313 even though he hit .226.
Crawford had a good first month in Seattle, batting .279 in May followed by .338 in June. He didn’t hit very well the rest of the way, batting under .200 in July, August, and September.
I am sure playing a demanding position in his first full season in the major leagues wore him out physically in the second half. I am sure the Mariners put him on a program to be able to make through 2020.
I know JP Crawford will not ever be Alex Rodriguez with the bat or Omar Vizquel with the glove; however, he is a solid major leaguer the Mariners and the fans will be happy with the results.
I like that Crawford hustles all the time so he is good in my book. The main thing the Marines make the playoffs for most of his time in Seattle I will take it. Go M’s.