3: Larger Roles From J.P. Crawford and Jorge Alfaro
While larger roles are pretty much guaranteed, it is now time to see how they perform. In 2017, Alfaro’s second run at the show, he was outstanding. The promising catcher batting .318 with 5 home runs and 14 RBI in just 29 games. He has shown solidity behind the plate and hopefully can pick up from where he left off in 2018. Crawford was not as impressive in his short appearance as a a pro. He batted just .214 and still awaits his first career MLB home run. Hopefully those were just some jitters as the shortstop position is in his hands as the club traded Freddy Galvis earlier this month. If they can perform in the upcoming year, they prove alongside Herrera and Hoskins that the core is done and it is time to bring winning baseball back to Philadelphia.