Official roster moves, as we’ve discussed earlier today:
INF Ryan Jackson traded to Los Angeles Angels for cash considerations.
SS J.P. Crawford promoted to LHV from Reading (AA).
RHP Alec Asher placed on the DL (lower calf contusion) retro to 5/18.
JP Crawford will wear uniform #3; Nick Williams changes his number from #19 to #4; Angelys Nina changes from #4 to #5.
We knew the JP move would come sooner rather than later. Plus, once a manager admits that it’s coming, you know it has to be soon. All this much to the consternation of the “JP Truthers” who sit near me in Reading; they are of the mind that JP needs to go back to Clearwater until he gets his feet right fielding at shortstop.
JP’s stats in Reading might not look too gaudy–.265/.398/.390–but he’s always been so advanced at the plate. Look for him to play shortstop and bat second every night. I think AA pitchers were very careful pitching to him, which would account for the amount of walks he takes–along with his superb command of the strike zone. As AAA pitchers challenge him, look for him to do well in AAA. I wouldn’t be at all surprised to see his AAA numbers exceed his AA. Hunter will likely continue leading off, followed by JP, Williams, Ruf, and Knapp.
How long until JP goes to the Phils? Probably longer than Phillies fans would like. I wouldn’t be surprised to see JP stay with us all the way through August if we’re in playoff contention. If not, and he’s raking and keeping his errors in check, perhaps August 1 or so.
Asher took a ball off his calf the other day during the game. He was slated to pitch on Sunday, which now becomes a TBA. Roibal could be recalled from Reading I suppose, or we could just go bull-pen game. Pivetta is Reading’s scheduled starter that day, but I don’t really look for them to promote someone from the Reading rotation (ie Pivetta, Lively, or Gonzalez) until they’re ready to leave them in AAA for good–and Asher should be back for the next turn of the rotation.
So for now that leaves our roster one short, at 24.
See you at the park,