Posted by Jay Floyd, Mon, June 17, 2013 11:25 AM Comments: 0
Watson & Crawford go back to tee ball, image- Shane Watson
With the Phillies’ 2013 first round pick, J.P. Crawford en route to Philadelphia, jotting some ink on his first professional contract seems inevitable. What has become somewhat of a ceremonial signing for 1st rounders, which typically includes the player taking batting practice and/or putting himself on display to the media, seems to be in the near future for the 18-year-old Lakewood High School (CA) product that was taken with the 16th overall pick in the MLB draft less than two weeks ago.
With the excitement level picking up for Crawford to join the Phils organization, I spoke with one of his closest friends, Shane Watson, who was selected with the Phillies’ first pick in the 2012 draft. The two players grew up together, playing tee ball on the same team and being by each other’s side through high school ball until Watson turned pro last year.
Now, the two “brothers” seem to be more excited than any pair of ball players you might come across. I spoke with Shane over the weekend and he offered his thoughts on the guy that will soon be the newest addition to the Phillies family. Read ahead for that interview.
- In your playing days, I know you guys came up on the same tee ball league team together and played at the same high school, but through all those years in youth ball, I imagine that you two would have faced each other at some point.
Yeah, a couple times in, like, intrasquad games, for high school, we would face each other and I think it was a draw. I know once he hit a dribbler back to me and then another time I walked him. So, we came out even and it was a draw, I think. We both got the best of one another one time. That was about it, though, from what I remember.
- And obviously, you got to see him play a considerable amount. So, how would you describe his strengths out there on the field?
I would say there’s not too many holes in his swing. I mean, it’s kind of hard to pitch to him. He’s one of those guys where he can handle pressure. He’s gonna play hard. He’s a Lakewood (High School) guy. All of us pride ourselves on playing really hard, playing with lots of heart and getting after it. So, he’s gonna do that, no matter what. Continue reading PN Interview: Shane Watson Speaks on JP Crawford