Thursday, March 26, 2015

Phillies add Lohman with Crawford out of action

With top prospect J.P. Crawford out of action due to an oblique strain, the Phillies have acquired shortstop Devin Lohman from Cincinnati. 

Crawford, the Phils' top selection from the 2013 draft has been on the fast track through the developmental ranks since first signing a pro contract.  The 20-year-old sports a .292 average with 12 homers, 69 RBI and 38 steals in 176 total pro games at four levels of the minors.

The Phillies anticipate that Crawford will be out of action for four to six weeks.  Once he's ready to return to the field, it will likely be for the Class A Advanced Clearwater Threshers, where he finished last year, so the team's trainers can keep a close eye on the talented youngster.

Lohman, 25, was the Reds' third round draft selection in 2010.  In 564 games over five pro seasons, the Cal State University, Long Beach product has tallied a .251 average with 38 homers, 252 RBI and 79 stolen bases.

Look for Lohman to fill the void left by the ailing Crawford, at either Clearwater or Double-A Reading, through the first month of the regular season.  
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