The New York Mets have made it a habit of taking mostly pitchers in the first round of past MLB Amateur Drafts. But they went a different way Wednesday night, as they selected high-school outfielder Pete Crow-Armstrong with the No. 19 overall pick in the 2020 Draft.
Armstrong, a centerfielder out of baseball power Harvard-Westlake High School (California), was ranked No. 20 on MLB.com’s top 200 prospect list.
The six-foot1, 180-pounder laced a .515 batting average in 10 games with one strikeout in 42 at-bats this season before high school sports were halted. As a junior, Armstrong hit .426 with three home runs and five triples.
Additionally, Armstrong excelled as the leadoff hitter and center fielder for Team USA in the 2019 U-18 Baseball World Cup, slugging .364 with three triples in nine games and robbing two home runs on defense.
Crow-Armstrong also has a unique family baseball connection: his mom, Ashley Crow, played Billy Heywood’s mom Jenny in the classic movie “Little Big League.”
New York has chosen just three outfielders– current Mets Michael Conforto (2014) and Brandon Nimmo (2011), and Seattle Mariners top prospect Jarred Kelenic (2108)–in the last ten years.
–Jerry Del Priore