Pete Crow-Armstrong has had an, in a word, interesting start to his career. The final first round pick of the Brodie Van Wagenen (and, on a bigger scale the Wilpon) era, Crow-Armstrong has yet to appear in an official game for the Mets. Drafted in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, the speedy young outfielder developed out of the public eye last season, with his first appearance for most people coming during this spring training.
Despite that, Crow-Armstrong is hardly an unknown — he has been in the public eye as a baseball player for a while now. Playing for various U.S. National Teams from the age of 12, he has a plethora of global experience playing in tournament after tournament — as well as playing at Harvard-Westlake School in Los Angeles, which has had a ton of Major League players grace their halls. Despite not playing in any games in 2020, Crow-Armstrong has a much more public profile than most high school draftees.
On the field, Crow-Armstrong is a plus defender in center field with plus speed (the latter he has shown off this spring already on a rather impressive triple), something that gives him a floor that will help his Major League chances significantly. At the plate, he has the ability to hit for average and for a little bit of power, though right now his biggest question mark as a player comes in that power department — right now he is more of a line drive hitter with pull side power, but it is a question if power all over the field will develop. That would be the big thing to look at during his upcoming journey through the minor leagues, and if it does, the Mets have quite the prospect on their hands.
While Crow-Armstrong has a relatively high public profile already, we still do not know much about how he will play at the professional level — and this is the first chance we will have to do so. While the chances of Crow-Armstrong to make a contribution to the major league squad in 2021 are virtually impossible, it is still an exciting year for him, and he is one to keep tabs on as he gets professional experience under his belt.