Cubs- Down on the Farm: Pete Crow-Armstrong

Player: Pete Crow-Armstrong

Position: Outfielder

Height: 5’11 Weight: 184 Age: 21 Bats/Throws: L/L Current Level: AAA Iowa Rank: 12th in MLB, 1st in Cubs System

Fangraphs Rank: 20th in MLB, 1st in Cubs System

Acquired: Trade from New York Mets for Javier Baez and Trevor Williams (July 30, 2021)

High School: Harvard-Westlake, Los Angeles, CA

After being drafted by the Mets 19th overall in 2020, Crow-Armstrong was traded to the Cubs for Javier Baez and Trevor Williams at the 2021 trade deadline. At that point, his defense was already thought to be Major League caliber.

Since that trade, the Cubs have incorporated some swing changes that have allowed him to find more elevation in his swing. Crow-Armstong hit 16 home runs in 2022 between Myrtle Beach and South Bend and he’s already surpassed that number in 2023. He’s also already secured his second straight 30+ steal season.

Scouting Grades

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Scouting grades are based on a 20-80 scale where 50 is league average. Every 10 points away from there represents 1 standard deviation away. First number is current grade, second number after the slash is a potential future grade. FV means Future Value overall has PCA with an 80-fielding grade! He is a must-see defender out there! I was able to see him play in person last season for South Bend and in Spring Training this year. He makes centerfield look effortless. There’s a confidence in his defense that you don’t see in many players.

The defensive ability in centerfield is something you’ll definitely have even if he struggles at the plate. In the past, his struggles have been some swing and miss at the top of the zone.

He rocketed through Double-A Tennessee this year and as of this post he’s excelling at Triple-A Iowa. You’d have to think the front office has at least thought about whether they think he can add something to this year’s playoff push. Whether we see him this year or not, Pete Crow-Armstrong is knocking at the door to become the next outfielder at Wrigley.

Published by Will McClaughry

Sports fan, data enthusiast and former division 3 college basketball player

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