Baseball America editor John Manuel caught heat from some Phillies fans when he said this week on Jim Salisbury's "At the Yard" podcast that he no longer views shortstop prospect J.P. Crawford as an "impact player."
Manuel relied on some of what he's seen and a lot of what he's heard. On Thursday, ESPN's minor-league expert, Keith Law, said similar things about Crawford.
"I heard unanimous downgrades on his defense at short, and multiple scouts say he's swinging for the fences too much and becoming much less disciplined at the plate. I'm alarmed, and I've been a big fan of his since high school.
"I don't know if he's sulking, or if he thinks hitting bombs will get him promoted, or maybe I was just wrong about his ability, but this doesn't sound like the guy I've seen every year for the past four or five years."
Crawford clearly read or heard Manuel's comments and tweeted this Wednesday.
All it is is motivation..— jp crawford (@jp_crawford) July 12, 2017
Here's even more, J.P.