What Is The Progress Of JP Crawford’s Development?
Heading into the 2017 season according to MLB.com MLB Pipeline and ESPN MLB Insiders there are three Phillies' Prospects ranked among the Top 100 in Baseball: J.P. Crawford, Mickey Moniak, and Jorge Alfaro. While Crawford is expected to start the season at Triple-A, it's Alfaro who is currently on the Phillies' 40-man Roster.
Former Member of Blue Jays Front Office and current ESPN MLB Insider Keith Law joined The Sports Bash on Tuesday with analysis of Crawford heading into 2017:
"I would say he failed to take the step forward that I thought he would take, that a lot of scouts thought he would take, that I'm sure the Phillies thought he would take. Every guy struggles a little with each promotion so that wasn't necessarily a surprise when he struggled when he first got to Triple-A; he never totally came out of it and some of the scouts I talked to felt like he might be sulking a little bit that he didn't start (the season) in Triple-A....It also sounds like he's trying to hit for a little more power then he should be, he is a contact guy (with) really good eye, really good approach at the plate. I would much rather see him just accept he's not going to be a Power Hitter, just spray the whole field with line drives, plenty of power for Doubles and Triples and just get on base all the time. That's going to make him a good player, it's going to make him a very well paid player given time. It just seems like he needed to make some adjustments last year that didn't happen and that just holds his value down."
Checkout what Law had to say about Phillies Prospects Nick Williams, Mickey Moniak, Jorge Alfaro along with his analysis of Odubel Herrera and Maikel Franco