Crawford not short on talent

Maybe this was real after all

Brandon Crawford, SS, Giants (Double-A Connecticut)
Wednesday's stats: 2-for-4, HR (1), R, RBI, SB
A fourth-round pick last June out of UCLA, Crawford was identified as a sleeper going into the season for his impressive set of tools, despite having never put it all together. A .371/.445/.600 line (average/on-base/slugging) in 25 Cal League games created plenty of excitement, but a move to Double-A would be the real test. So far, so good, as Crawford is batting .366/.395/.537 in his first 10 Eastern League contests and is close to officially earning the title of "breakout."

Welcome to the professional ranks

Tim Melville, RHP, Royals (Low-A Burlington)
Wednesday's stats: 6 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 2 K

One of the top high school right-handers in last year's draft, Melville slipped to the fourth round due to bonus demands but signed at the deadline for $1.25 million. The late signing prevented him from getting his debut in last year, and he began this year in extended spring training before reporting to Burlington Wednesday night, where he retired 17 of the 20 batters he faced. Six-foot-5 and ultra-projectable, Melville already throws in the low 90s, features a plus curve and could prove to be quite the steal.

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