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UConn’s Reggie Crawford Suffers Crushing Damage • D1Baseball


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Connecticut two way star Reggie Crawford, one of the nation’s leading MLB draft candidates for 2022, is expected to miss the spring season after recently sustaining an arm injury feared to require surgery on Tommy John.

The news of Crawford’s injury is devastating both to him and to a UConn club that went in the right direction with fall training.

Crawford, a 6-foot-4, 235-pounder, raced up No. 4 in the 2022 College Class after putting together a stellar summer with the USA Collegiate National Team. There was the elite left-handed pitcher with his fastball at a spin rate of 2500-2600 rpm from a three-quarter slot anywhere between 95 and 98 and up to 99 mph. He also showed a high quality breakball in the low 80s and was certainly an early potential 1-1 candidate in the draft.

The most frustrating thing about Crawford’s situation is that he was just learning how to pitch under announced UConn pitching coach Josh MacDonald. The runner-up was already on the scene in 2020 as a real newcomer in a big way … but as a hitter. He hit .365 with a home run and 16 RBIs in the shortened season and made only one appearance on the hill. Last season he hit 0.295 with 13 home runs and 62 RBIs, establishing himself as one of the nation’s best hitters. He also made six appearances on the hill – one start – with a 2.35 ERA in 7.2 innings of work.

Crawford was expected to see a much higher workload in 2022, with a likely switch to weekend break. Now he will focus his efforts on rehabilitation.

While Crawford cannot help the huskies in the spring, his stock took a blow as a potential customer but did not receive a devastating blow. Crawford is still short of mileage and his things for Team USA last summer were undeniable. In addition, there are many examples of extremely talented pitchers still playing in the first round after being injured. Crawford is no different and he is still a surefire choice to be a first-round pick.

Reggie Crawford (Aaron Fitt)

The Blue Jays inked former pre-eminent right-handed pitcher from East Carolina, Jeff Hoffman, for $ 3.1 million as a first-round pick in 2014, while the Padres signed former Stanford standout Cal Quantrill in the first round when he ran out in 2016 Tommy John rehab came, and The Yankees selected former South Carolina standout pitcher Clarke Schmidt in the first round in 2017, despite having surgery on Tommy John a month before the draft. Finally, Ole Miss right-handed Gunnar Hoglund was selected in the first round by the Pirates last summer after receiving an operation by Tommy John in May. He received a signing bonus of $ 3.359 million.

UConn returns to the drawing board without any of its best, while Crawford wants to come back stronger than ever.





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