Seattle Mariners – J.P. Crawford and Ken Giles
The Phillies are scheduled to visit the Seattle Mariners from May 9 to 11, where they could reunite with J.P. Crawford and Ken Giles.
Crawford was drafted by the Phillies in the first round of the 2013 MLB Draft and was the team’s top-ranked prospect on MLB.com from 2015 to 2017. He played primarily at shortstop and third base for the Phillies between 2017 and 2018, where he hit .214/.333/.358, with three home runs and 18 RBI, in 72 games.
With the Phillies heading into a win-now mode for the 2019 season, they traded Crawford and Carlos Santana to the Mariners for a package that included Jean Segura.
The trade worked well for Seattle, who’ve seen huge improvements from Crawford during the last couple of seasons. He hit .255/.336/.338, with two home runs and 24 RBI, during the shortened 2020 season, where he won a gold glove at shortstop. He hit .273/.338/.376, with nine home runs and 54 RBI, last season.
Comparatively, Segura hit .266/.347/.422, with seven home runs and 25 RBI in 2020, before slashing .290/.348/.436, with 14 home runs and 58 RBI, in 2021. It’s safe to say that both teams benefited from the deal, so there should be no hard feelings by either club when Crawford and Segura face their former teams for the first time since the trade.
Another former Phillie who we could see in this series is right-handed reliever Giles, who the Phillies last faced in August 2018, when he was on the Toronto Blue Jays. Giles was drafted by the Phillies in 2011 and recorded a 1.56 ERA and 1.037 WHIP, with 16 saves, in 113 games between 2014 and 2015.
Giles was traded to the Houston Astros as part of the Vince Velasquez deal the following off-season. He looked great in his most recent full season, with a 1.87 ERA and 23 saves for the Blue Jays in 2019, before dealing with a forearm strain and ultimately undergoing Tommy John surgery in 2020.