Thanks to various free agent signings, the Phillies haven't had many true first round picks in recent years. This year, they held the 16th overall pick and used it to draft high school shortstop J.P. Crawford.
Crawford signed with the Phillies for a bonus of $2,299,300, right at slot value for the 16th pick. That signing will give the Phillies a little wiggle room to sign other picks.
Many scouts and baseball pundits considered Crawford to be the best shortstop prospect in the draft and he was highly ranked on a number of draft boards.
Crawford graduated from Lakewood High School in California and is the cousin of Dodgers outfielder Carl Crawford.
The Phillies brought Crawford into Philadelphia for a press conference and to meet Phillies players and manager Charlie Manuel. After that, Crawford was set to fly to Clearwater, where he will go through some workouts before likely being assigned to the Gulf Coast League Phillies, who open their season Friday.
The Phillies have been able to sign eight of their first ten picks. Left-hander Ben Wetzler-Holmes, the Phillies fifth round pick out of Oregon State remains unsigned and sixth rounder Jason Monda, an outfielder, has said he has decided to return to Washington State for his final year of eligibility rather than sign with the Phillies.