2020 MLB Draft Scouting Report: OF Pete Crow-Armstrong
TEAM: New York Mets (Round: 1.19)
Here's what you need to know about Pete Crow-Armstrong:
Harvard-Westlake is more well-known for developing great pitchers – Max Fried, Lucas Giolito, and Jack Flaherty were all drafted straight out of the Hollywood high school – but Crow-Armstrong was a member of the Team USA 18U National Team in 2018 and 2019, and was been a younger-level National Team member twice before that.
Crow-Armstrong put on a strong performance in the 2019 U-18 Baseball World Cup, hitting .364 and making several stellar defensive plays. Perfect Game profiles him as “unlikely to bulk up” but with “plenty of room to get stronger,” and perhaps the “most polished all-around player in the 2020 Draft.”
School: Harvard-Westlake HS (Los Angeles, CA); committed to Vanderbilt
Career Stats: Hit .514 in an abbreviated 10-game senior season; hit .426 with three home runs and five triples as a junior in 2019.
Accolades: Four-time member of Team USA Junior National Team (2019, 2018, 2017, 2014); named All-World center fielder in 2019 U-18 World Cup; named Preseason Underclassman All-American by Perfect Game in 2018 and 2019, and Preseason First-Team All-American in 2020; rated as No. 20 overall prospect, No. 7 outfield prospect, and No. 6 HS position player in the 2020 Draft by Baseball Pipeline.
- Plus runner and plus fielder regarded as one of the best defensive CF available.
- Elite bat speed.
- Three above-average tools, with an average hit tool according to scouts.
- Commitment to Vanderbilt might hamper the Mets’ ability to sign him.
- Below-average power hitter despite the bat speed
- Struggled with strikeouts on 2019 summer showcase circuit
- Mother starred in the movie “Little Big League” as Billy Heywood’s mother.
- Cubs fan who grew up with an ivy-covered wall in his back yard.
- Slot value for No. 19 pick signing bonus is $3.36 million.