Kutter Crawford Boston Red Sox Pitcher

       
 
Age: 26
Born: April 1, 1996
Birthplace: Okeechobee, FL
Height: 6-1
Weight: 210
Bats: Right
Throws: Right
   
Drafted: 16th round, 2017 by BOS
How Acquired: Draft
College: Florida Gulf Coast
High School: Okeechobee (FL)
ETA: 2022

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Pronunciation: Cutter
First Pro Contract: June 22, 2017 (BOS)
Signing Scout: Willie Romay
Signing Bonus: $125,000
Rule 5 Draft Eligible: N/A
MLFA Eligible: N/A
   
Pro Debut: July 4, 2017 (Lowell)
Added to 40-man: November 19, 2021 (BOS)
MLB Debut: September 5, 2021 (BOS)
Service Time (1/22): 2 days
Options Remaining: 3 (0 used)
Contract (2022): MiLB contract
   
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Instagram: @krawdaddy_1

 
 
 
 
 
     
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  Physical Description: Filled-out, mature-bodied frame. Evenly proportioned, no remaining projection.

Mechanics: Throws from a high three-quarters arm slot. Effort in delivery. Starts with his hands low and utilizes a semi-wind up. Delivery is slightly closed off towards the plate with an arm hook in the back.

Fastball: 93-95 mph. Tops out at 96 mph. Fairly true and straight. Likes to pitch up in the zone with the pitch. Fills the zone, but has inconsistent command of the pitch and will get hit when he is not spotting it. Above-average potential but will need to improve command.

Curveball: 77-79 mph. Has improved greatly since 2019 and scouts now view it as his best secondary pitch. Tight rotation and really snaps it off. Potential above-average offering.

Cutter: 85-87 mph. Shape varies. At its best will show sharp, boring action in on left-handed hitters' hands. Pitch will show bat-missing ability. Average potential.

Changeup: 83-85 mph. Show-me pitch at present. Rarely throws it.
  Career Notes: Reportedly taught himself his cutter over winter break during his junior year. Transferred to FGCU after two years at Indian River State College. Brother, Jonathon, was a first-round pick out of the University of Florida in 2013 by Detroit. Was invited to 2017 Fall Instructional League prior to it being cancelled. In 2019, pitched just one game after July 15, in mid-August, due to a forearm strain, and eventually underwent Tommy John surgery in late October 2019, then had another procedure to remove bone spurs from his elbow in June or July 2020. Participated in 2020 Fall Instructional League, although he did not participate in simulated games at that point in his rehab. Made MLB debut in September 2021 while Red Sox dealt with a covid-19 outbreak. Was added back to the 40-man roster in November 2021 to protect him from selection in the Rule 5 Draft.

Summation: Projects as middle reliever. Ceiling of a high-quality swingman, capable of pitching in short or long relief outings with the occasional spot start as well. Has the potential for two above-average offerings in his fastball and curveball and a solid third pitch with his cutter, but command needs refinement. Combination of delivery and injury track record point towards him being best suited for a bullpen role.

Links
Scouting Scratch: Red Sox 2021 Rule 5 Preview (11.18.2021)
 
   
     
    Pitching Stats                                          
  year team lg level org age w l % era g gs sv ip h r er hr bb so whip k/bb k/9
2017 Florida Gulf Coast NCAA Coll --- 21 7 1 0.875 1.71 15 13 1 84.0 59 27 16 2 31 99 1.07 3.19 10.61
  2017 Lowell Spinners NYPL A- Bos 21 0 0 --- 0.00 1 1 0 1.0 1 0 0 0 1 2 2.00 2.00 18.00
  2018 Greenville Drive SAL A Bos 22 5 4 0.556 2.96 21 21 0 112.1 104 45 37 6 34 120 1.23 3.53 9.61
  2018 Salem Red Sox Car A+ Bos 22 2 3 0.400 4.31 6 6 0 31.1 28 15 15 0 14 37 1.34 2.64 10.63
  2019 Salem Red Sox Car A+ Bos 23 4 5 0.444 3.39 14 14 0 69.0 68 29 26 5 30 77 1.42 2.57 10.04
  2019 Portland Sea Dogs East AA Bos 23 1 3 0.250 4.19 5 5 0 19.1 19 10 9 2 15 23 1.76 1.53 10.71
  2020 Season Cancelled --- --- Bos 24 --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- ---
  2021 Portland Sea Dogs DNE AA Bos 25 3 2 0.600 3.30 10 10 0 46.1 33 17 17 7 5 64 0.82 12.80 12.40
  2021 Worcester Red Sox TAE AAA Bos 25 3 4 0.429 5.21 10 9 0 48.1 49 29 28 5 15 67 1.32 4.47 12.50
  2021 Boston Red Sox AL MLB Bos 25 0 1 0.000 22.50 1 1 0 2.0 5 5 5 1 2 2 3.50 1.00  9.00
  2021 Estrellas Orientales LIDOM Wint --- 25 1 0 1.000 0.42 5 5 0 21.1 15 3 1 1 8 23 1.08 2.88 9.70
   
     
    2022 Stats                                          
  year team lg level org age w l % era g gs sv ip h r er hr bb so whip k/bb k/9
  2022 Worcester Red Sox IL AAA Bos 26     stats                            
  2022 Boston Red Sox AL MLB Bos 26     stats                            
   
     
  Advanced Stats & Splits
   
     
  Awards   SoxProspects.com Awards  
  2017 First Team All-Atlantic Sun
2018 South Atlantic League All-Star
2019 Carolina League All-Star
  SoxProspects.com Pitcher of the Week (April 23-29, 2018)
2018 SoxProspects.com All-Star
2018 SoxProspects.com Breakout Player of the Year
SoxProspects.com Pitcher of the Week (May 6-12, 2019)
SoxProspects.com Pitcher of the Week (August 24-29, 2021)
2021 SoxProspects.com All-Star
2021 SoxProspects.com Comeback Player of the Year
 
   

   
     
     
     
 
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