Sunday, March 12, 2017

2016 Topps Heritage Minor League Clubhouse Collection Relics #CCR-JC J.P. Crawford

Phillies 8, Blue Jays 2
Spring Training Game 16 - Saturday Afternoon, March 11th in Dunedin
Record - 7-7-2

One Sentence Summary:  The offense showed signs of life with a 14-hit attack against the Blue Jays in an 8-2 win.

What It Means:  It's nice to be able to write a one sentence summary like that after the Phillies offense had been largely dormant for the first two weeks of spring training games.

What Happened:  J.P. Crawford knocked in his first runs of the spring with a two-run single in the sixth.  Nick Williams had a three hit game and Cam Perkins had two, two-run doubles.

Vince Velasquez allowed a run in 3 1/3 innings, striking out four.  Mario Hollands, who hasn't pitched with the Phillies since 2014, received a one-day promotion from minor league camp and retired the final two batters of the fourth inning.  Hollands is trying to come back from multiple arm injuries and surgeries.

Featured Card:  Crawford, the team's top prospect, could probably be accused of trying to do too much as he continues his transition from the low minors to the upper echelons of the Phillies system. He struggled towards the latter part of last season with the Triple-A IronPigs, hitting just .244 over 87 games.  His two hits in this game raised his spring average to .227, still below where he'd like to be.

This is the sole relic card of Crawford's in my collection so far, from last year's Topps Heritage Minor League release.

Camp Head Count:  62

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