By Mary Cunningham
So, the Phils have gotten off to a middling start in 2018.
Not so their highly touted prospect J. P. Crawford, whose potential enticed the FreddyGalvis trade.
Crawford is 1-for-23 with one walk and eight strikeouts in his first seven games.
“I started bad last year, too,” Crawford said. “It’s not how you start, it’s how you finish. I’m getting myself into good counts. I’m working the pitcher and just missing my pitches to hit. That’s about it.”
Crawford hit .194 with a .565 OPS the first two-plus months of 2017 in Triple-A before batting .280 with a .904 OPS the rest of the way.
“I’m just trying to get shorter,” Crawford said. “It feels long right now, but once I get that taken care of I think I’ll be good. It’s tough [to fix]. You can be fine in the cages and whatnot, but then when the game comes you get all anxious and you get overexcited, and that’s when you get into trouble, trying to get all big. You have to remind yourself to stay short.”
“I’m not tripping,” Crawford said. “I’m not mad at all. I know the results will come. Keep putting in work every day. I know the results will come.”