The New York Mets announced that the club selected outfielder Pete Crow-Armstrong from Harvard-Westlake High School (CA) with the 19th overall pick in the first round of the 2020 First-Year Player Draft.
Crow-Armstrong, 18, was ranked by Baseball America as the 17th-best player in the 2020 Draft. MLB Pipeline has the high school outfielder ranked as the 20th-best prospect in this year’s draft class. Per MLB’s rankings, he is the seventh-ranked outfield prospect and the sixth-ranked high school position player. MLB Pipeline lists his speed and fielding as his most refined tools, giving each a 60 on the 20-80 scouting grade scale.
The high school senior entered the 2020 season on the Perfect Game Preseason All-American First Team. Before his senior season was halted, the left-handed batter and fielder was hitting .514 through 10 games for Harvard-Westlake, striking out just once in 42 at-bats. In his junior season, he batted .426 with three home runs and five triples.
The Sherman Oaks, California native has played for Team USA several times, suiting up for the 18U National Team in 2018 and 2019, the 15U National Team in 2017 and the 12U National Team in 2014. In 2019, he was named the U-18 Baseball World Cup All-World Center Fielder. He earned a gold medal as part of the 18U team that won the 2018 Pan-American Championships.
The six-foot, 175 pounder is the latest first-round selection from Harvard-Westlake High School. The program has also produced former first-round picks and current major leaguers Jack Flaherty (St. Louis), Max Fried (Atlanta) and Lucas Giolito (Chicago-AL).
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