The Mets signed their 2020 first round draft pick Pete Crow-Armstrong. According to Jonathan Mayo, the center fielder from Harvard-Westlake High School in Los Angeles signed for $3,359,000, the exact slot value assigned by Major League Baseball. Crow-Armstrong had a commitment to Vanderbilt, one of the top baseball programs in the United States.
Given the abbreviated season caused by COVID-19, Crow-Armstrong had very little time to play in front of scouts and evaluators this season, but the 18-year-old has been a standout on the showcase circuit for years. In addition to playing at a prestigious high school, Crow-Armstrong joined the United States National Baseball team in 2014 and has not only been playing all over the country, but all over the world.
At the plate, Crow-Armstrong has a smooth, low-effort, left-handed stroke designed to spray line drives around the field. The 6’1”, 180-pound outfielder has scouts and evaluators split as to how much power he will be able to add to his game, but nobody questions his defensive chops. Though just eighteen, not only can he play center field, but he excels at virtually every aspect of the position. Thanks to his combination of range, speed, instincts, and a strong arm, scouts and evaluators expect Crow-Armstrong to develop into a plus defensive center fielder.
Off the field, Pete Crow-Armstrong is wise beyond his years. Well read, intelligent, and mindful, he has been described as a “manager’s dream” by former coaches.