3) Mets centerfielder prospect Pete Crow-Armstrong
The New York Mets drafted the left-handed Crow-Armstrong with the 19th pick in the first round of the most recent 2020 MLB draft. 19-year-old Crow-Armstrong is a product of California’s prestigious Harvard Westlake Highschool, a school known for producing elite MLB talent.
The first-round draft pick is already considered to be an MLB-ready centerfielder defensively and was viewed as the “best defensive outfielder in his (draft) class” (mlb.com).
Standing at 6’1”, Crow-Armstrong gained his most value as a prospect during his time with Team USA’s 2019 U18 national team. The team went on to win gold at the Pan-American Championships. Crow-Armstong was arguably the team’s best player, achieving .364/.405/.606 splits and leading the team in stolen bases.
Crow-Armstrong has flashed his excellence in the field, most notably highlighted by a video of him sticking his glove over onto the other side of the centerfield wall and robbing the U18 Taiwanese team of a home run in the Pan-American Championships. Crow-Armstrong then showed off his strong arm by throwing a ball, on a line and without a bounce from the centerfield wall to the first baseman to try and get the runner who had neglected to tag up.
Crow-Armstong also highlighted his speed, and his bat, when he ran out of his helmet to leg out a triple on a line drive over the right fielder’s head in spring training this year.
Dominic Smith took batting practice with the young centerfielder in February, saying afterward that “this kid is going to be a stud.” Mets manager Luis Rojas also had high praise for him, saying he has great confidence and body control.
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Crow-Armstrong will begin the season playing Rookie Ball with the Gulf Coast League Mets. Expected to arrive in the year 2023 to the MLB, Crow-Armstrong bolsters a most promising collection of young talent in the New York Mets organization.