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10 things to know about Mets' top Draft choice

Pete Crow-Armstrong comes from elite HS program
@_dadler
June 10, 2020

The Mets made Pete Crow-Armstrong the No. 19 overall pick in the 2020 Draft on Wednesday. Here are 10 things to know about the 18-year-old lefty-hitting, lefty-throwing outfielder from Harvard-Westlake High School in Los Angeles, who was ranked MLB Pipeline's No. 20 overall Draft prospect.

The Mets made Pete Crow-Armstrong the No. 19 overall pick in the 2020 Draft on Wednesday.

Here are 10 things to know about the 18-year-old lefty-hitting, lefty-throwing outfielder from Harvard-Westlake High School in Los Angeles, who was ranked MLB Pipeline's No. 20 overall Draft prospect.

• Crow-Armstrong's parents are both actors. His mom, Ashley Crow, has a long list of roles in movies and television, from "Minority Report" to "Heroes." She even has a baseball classic in her credits -- she played Billy Heywood's mom Jenny in "Little Big League." Naturally, that's Crow-Armstrong's favorite movie his mom has been in.

"The only one I can really think of that I've seen in-depth is 'Little Big League,' because I love that movie, regardless of my mom being in it," Crow-Armstrong told the Los Angeles Times recently. "It's a great movie."

Meanwhile, his dad, Matthew John Armstrong, was in a variety of TV shows like "House," "The Young and the Restless" and "American Horror Story." These days, he keeps busy by throwing Pete batting practice ("He can put it there," Pete said of his dad's BP pitching skills).

• Crow-Armstrong's high school has become a baseball factory. Harvard-Westlake has a trio of talented young pitchers in the Majors right now: the Cardinals' Jack Flaherty, the Braves' Max Fried and the White Sox Lucas Giolito. All three were also drafted in the first round straight out of Harvard-Westlake, just like Crow-Armstrong -- Fried went seventh overall and Giolito went 16th in 2012, and Flaherty went 34th two years later in 2014.

Crow-Armstrong played in the same Little League as Flaherty, Sherman Oaks, and has known him since he was seven. He was on the same Little League team as Flaherty's brother. He remembers watching Giolito and Fried play when he was in middle school, and his mom is good friends with Giolito's parents.

• Harvard-Westlake position players could be the next wave. Not only is Crow-Armstrong now a first-round pick, his teammate, shortstop Drew Bowser, is also a top 2020 Draft prospect (profiling as a third baseman) that MLB Pipeline has ranked No. 64 overall. Bowser and Crow-Armstrong started out playing against each other in Little League at eight years old before they became teammates at Harvard-Westlake and on the U.S. 18U National Team.

• Crow-Armstrong was roommates with Royals top prospect Bobby Witt Jr., the No. 2 overall pick in last year's Draft and now baseball's No. 10 prospect overall, when they played for USA Baseball. The two of them remain friends.

"[Witt Jr.] is the best baseball player I've ever played with in my life," Crow-Armstrong told Prospects365.com. "I've never seen anybody do things like that on the field."

• Crow-Armstrong has played for Team USA several times -- he was on the U.S. 18U National Team in 2018 and '19, on the 15U National Team in 2017 and even on the 12U National Team back in 2014, when he pitched and hit.

As the leadoff hitter and center fielder for Team USA in the 2019 U-18 Baseball World Cup, Crow-Armstrong hit .364 with four doubles and three triples in nine games and robbed two home runs against Chinese Taipei and Australia. He was named the World Cup's All-World Center Fielder.

Javier Báez is Crow-Armstrong's favorite player to watch (he grew up a Cubs fan). He also likes Ronald Acuña Jr. and Fernando Tatis Jr. because of their energy, and Christian Yelich and Robinson Canó for their sweet lefty swings, as he told Prospects1500.com in a pre-Draft Q&A.

Other fun facts about Crow-Armstrong: His favorite movie is "The Shawshank Redemption" … His favorite food is Mexican food (tacos and burritos) ... He likes to go hiking … If he could be a superhero he'd be Aquaman, but if he could have one superpower it'd be teleportation or flying.

• Crow-Armstrong's Cubs fandom came from his dad, who showed him Kerry Wood's 20-strikeout game when he was a kid. Crow-Armstrong even had a Wrigley Field-esque ivy-covered wall in his backyard when he played Wiffle ball. He got to play at the actual Wrigley Field in the 2019 Under Armour All-America Game, and he walked, stole a base and scored in the game.

• If you want to follow Crow-Armstrong on social media, he's on Twitter at @petecrowarm and on Instagram at @petecrowarmstrong.

• Before his senior season was halted, Crow-Armstrong was hitting .514 in 10 games for Harvard-Westlake, with just one strikeout in 42 at-bats. As a junior, he hit .426 with three home runs and five triples.

But his speed and outfield play are his highest-graded tools right now -- Crow-Armstrong might be the best defensive outfielder in the 2020 Draft class. He's the type of dynamic all-around athlete who reminds some scouts of Grady Sizemore.

• Crow-Armstrong is a Vanderbilt commit. He's a longtime Vanderbilt fan, inspired by Braves shortstop Dansby Swanson, who was drafted No. 1 overall out of Vanderbilt in 2015.

"I kind of always wanted to go to Vandy," Crow-Armstrong told BaseballProspectJournal.com. "I don’t really know why, but when I was younger I was sitting on YouTube when I was maybe 12, 13 and thought Vandy seemed dope with Dansby Swanson and some other guys. That was the first college baseball moment I had."

David Adler is a reporter for MLB.com based in New York. Follow him on Twitter at @_dadler.