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Mets select Pete Crow-Armstrong in first round of draft

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The Mets have made their first pick of this abbreviated draft.

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With the 19th pick in the 2020 MLB draft, the Mets selected Pete Crow-Armstrong, a center fielder from Harvard-Westlake HS in California. Crow-Armstrong has long been one of the most well known prep names in this draft, and he remained in the first round conversation despite a rough showing in the summer of 2019. He did bounce back with Team USA but didn’t get a chance to show continued improvement in 2020 due to cancellation of the season.

FanGraphs had Crow-Armstrong 25th on their board, while Baseball Prospectus had him at 22nd. His carrying skill is his defense in center field, which is the best in this draft, and he should be a defensive asset if he hits enough to make it as a big leaguer. We’ll have more coverage on Crow-Armstrong and all the Mets’ draft picks over the coming days, as well as two episodes of our minor league podcast, From Complex to Queens, breaking down the selections.