READING, Pa.–Itâ€™s been a struggle for Trevor Crowe in his first full season in the Eastern League.
Though he spent a small chunk of time trying to learn second base for the Aeros last season, Crowe is back where he belongsâ€”in the outfield.
The only problem is the player who profiles to one day belong on top of the Indians lineup in the big leagues has scuffled through the first two weeks of the season, hitting just .140/.271/.180 in 50 at-bats.
â€œThe bottom line is his job should be moving Grady Sizemore out of the leadoff spot,â€ Akron manager Tim Bogar said. â€œThat should be his focus. And if thatâ€™s the case, heâ€™s got to start bunting the ball more, hitting the ball the other way and try not to hit home runs all the time. I told him the other day he was going to run into 10, 12, 15 home runs this summer, so donâ€™t try to make it happen now. Heâ€™s got to take what theyâ€™re giving him right now while heâ€™s trying to figure things out.â€
But Crowe hasnâ€™t done his best at playing the little game. Though his on-base percentage is impressive for as low as his average is, the Indians outfielder consistently has dug himself into holes early into the season as Akronâ€™s tone-setter.
â€œHe does work counts well, but heâ€™s been swinging at a lot of breaking balls early in the count, taking bad swings and then deal with correcting that, making that adjustment within the at-bat,â€ Bogar said. â€œI think itâ€™s been more of his mental approach and the fact that I think he wanted to make a pretty good impression right away. He knew if he did well here that heâ€™d get moved along from here, maybe even to the big leagues.
â€œI think heâ€™s been trying to do too much too quick in bad weather. He wants to put numbers up instead of doing what he should do in putting the ball in play, get his hits, get on base, steal some bases and run into a couple balls here and there. I know a lot of people are concerned about him, but heâ€™s going to figure it out and heâ€™ll be fine.â€
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