The New York Mets have announced today that minor league outfielder Pete Crow-Armstrong will undergo surgery on his right shoulder for a GLAD lesion (glenoid labral articular disruption). Crow-Armstrong, the Mets first-round pick in the 2020 First-Year Player Draft, underwent a physical examination and MRI that revealed a tear of the labrum as well as injury to the articular cartilage of the shoulder earlier this week. Mets Medical Director Dr. David Altchek has confirmed the diagnosis and the surgery will be performed in the coming weeks by Dr. Neal ElAttrache.
Crow-Armstrong, who the Mets drafted with their first pick in the 2020 draft, was projected to be an elite defender who would likely need to work out some offensive issues. This is how our Steve Sypa described him in his draft profile:
At the plate, Pete Crow-Armstrong stands slightly open, holding his hands high and barring his bat behind his head. He swings with a slight leg kick, with an easy, low-effort contact-oriented left-handed swing that has registered exit velocities as high as 99 MPH. He hits left-handers and right-handers equally well, spraying line drives across the entire field. He is currently a hit-over-power player, slashing balls away or hitting them back up the middle, though he does show pull-side pop. At 6’1”, 180-pounds, he will likely add muscle to his frame in the years to come, but just how much power he will be able to add is a question that has scouts and evaluators split; some see him as possessing below-average power in the future, while others believe that whatever raw power he does add will be augmented by his ability to make hard, solid contact. Slight mechanical alterations to his set-up and swing, such as keeping his weight back and using more of his body, will also allow him to improve his timing, thereby improving his in-game power as well. He demonstrates excellent awareness plate, with an eye for the strike zone and a burgeoning eye for recognizing spin.
While there are questions about his offensive potential, there are no questions about his defensive potential. Not only does Crow-Armstrong play center field, but he excels at virtually every aspect of the position. He reads the ball well off the bat and shows an advanced understanding of routes. A plus runner, he effortlessly glides around the outfield, showing a great deal of range. He releases the ball quickly, and his arm is above-average in terms of arm strength and accuracy. He is vocal and a leader among his fellow outfielders, taking charge and directing traffic.