With the 19th selection of the MLB First-Year Amateur Draft, the New York Mets have selected Pete Crow-Armstrong, a Lefty outfielder from Harvard Westlake High School in California.
This selection follows a common trend of the Mets selecting high school positional players, Jarred Kelenic (2018), Brett Baty (2019).
Crow-Armstrong is a 6’1 Lefty, who was rated as high as #10 in the Athletic’s rankings and as low as 25th by Fangraphs.
Crow-Armstrong presents himself as the Mets’ future solution in finding a true centerfielder.
Dan O’Dowd, MLB Network’s resident General Manager stated that he’s the best defensive center fielder in the draft who has the great bat to ball skill.
Some comparison players that Crow-Armston’s game resembles are Kevin Kermier and Darren Erstad. In 10 games before the pandemic hit, Pete hit .515 in ten games, while only striking out once in 42 at-bats. The year prior he hit .426 with three home runs and five triples.
Crow-Armstong comes from the same high school that developed Jack Flaherty and Lucas Giolito. Interestingly enough, he is represented by CAA, Brodie Van Wagenen’s old agency. Van Wagenen had a strong draft last year with Baty, Josh Wolf, and Matthew Allen.
Crow-Armstong adds to a young core that will be developed together to further strengthen the Mets farm system in the years to come.
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