The New York Mets took Pete Crow-Armstrong in the first round of the 2020 MLB Draft and I’m digging the selection.
The first round of the MLB draft is in the books and the New York Mets left the first night with a high school outfielder named Pete Crow-Armstrong. In a year without much positive baseball news mostly due to the lack of actual games being played, I’m happy with the results of this selection.
Crow-Armstrong checks off just about every box I wanted for the Mets in this year’s draft. Knowing they would only have five rounds to get an impact player, they seemed to have gotten this one right—for now.
For both baseball reasons and factors having nothing to do with sports, these are the ten reasons why I love the Pete Crow-Armstrong selection.
1) His name is perfect
I could go on forever about how wonderful this name is for the Mets. First, he’s a Pete. Need I say more? But let’s also examine his last name: Crow-Armstrong. I have had a running theory that the Mets make first-round selections based partly on the last name of a player. Brett Baty, Anthony Kay, and even David Wright back in the day all fall under this umbrella. Heck, let’s throw in Dwight Gooden, too. I know they can’t possibly implement this strategy, but the conspiracy theorist in me continues to believe.
2) The nickname possibilities
When we don’t have much time, Pete Crow-Armstrong becomes PCA. When we have more time, there are plenty of directions to go with Crow and Armstrong. Crow conjures up images of Game of Thrones, gothic action films starring Brandon Lee, and darkness in general. Armstrong, meanwhile, reminds me of Stretch Armstrong, Neil Armstrong, and a plain old strong arm. I know a player’s nickname is the last thing we should concern ourselves with. Maybe I was a marketer in a past life.
3) He’s the son of the mom from Little Big League
That’s right, the Mets now have the son of the mom from Little Big League in their organization. It’s a nice pairing with Tommy Wilson, the son of Back to the Future actor, Tom Wilson, best known for playing the ultimate bully Biff.
4) Potential Jarred Kelenic replacement
Ever since the Mets traded Jarred Kelenic many have wanted to ask Tommy Wilson if his dad could get ahold of a DeLorean and send us back in time to undo the trade. While that’s not happening, Crow-Armstrong has a chance to make us forget all about Kelenic. He’s a center fielder who has drawn high praise from scouts, even described as a “magician” in center field.
5) Success of recent outfield picks
The Mets have done a fine job at drafting outfielders in the first round over the last decade. Michael Conforto and Brandon Nimmo are both former first-round selections and have become core members of the franchise. Although Crow-Armstrong may never play alongside either, I like to hope he’s another in the line of successful outfielders taken in round number one by this franchise.
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