William Chandler Crowe...Wife’s name is Hilary...Has one son; Koa (10/11/21)...Is a 2014 graduate of Pigeon Forge (TN) High School...Pitched for the University of South Carolina, where he went 6-5 with a 3.41 ERA in 15 starts as a junior in 2017...Also struck out a career-high 90 batters during the 2017 season...His great-uncle is Baseball Hall of Famer Charles “Red” Ruffing, who is immortalized in Monument Park at Yankee Stadium as the Yankees all-time leader in complete games (261) and wins by a right-handed pitcher (231)…his son Koa’s middle name is “Ruffing” after the baseball great...His hometown of Pigeon Forge, TN, is also the home area of country music legend Dolly Parton, who built her “Dollywood” theme park in that town...While attending Pigeon Forge High School, played high school baseball against country music star Morgan Wallen, who attended Gibbs High School...Enjoys playing video games...His favorite games are Call of Duty and MLB the Show...Had an arrangement with his parents through high school that he got to skip school the day after the new Call of Duty game came out each year if he kept his grades up...Has several pairs of custom-painted cleats from Pittsburgh artist Matt Speck...With his double as a hitter on Sept. 5, 2021, he holds the distinction as the last Pirates pitcher to record an extra-base hit prior to the universal DH being implemented...Was ranked by MLB.com as the No. 36 overall prospect in the nation prior to the 2017 MLB Draft...Was also listed as the No. 6 prospect in the SEC for the 2017 MLB Draft by Baseball America.
Ranked third among N.L. relievers in innings pitched (74.0) behind Washington’s Erasmo Ramirez (80.1ip) and San Francisco’s Tyler Rogers (75.2ip)...Was a member of the Opening Day roster for the second straight season...Began the season in the bullpen, where he tossed two scoreless innings in the season opener on 4/7 at St. Louis...Pitched three scoreless innings to earn his first professional save in a 6-2 win against the Cubs on 4/13...Tossed 13.1 scoreless innings from 4/7-24...Made his lone start of the season on 5/18 at Chicago (NL), giving up one run in two innings...Posted a 2.31 ERA (11.2ip/3er) in 12 appearances during the month of July...Picked up his fourth and final save with two scoreless innings on 9/12 at Cincinnati...Was placed on the 15-day injured list on 10/1 with right elbow inflammation.
Led the Pirates in starts (25) and ranked second in innings pitched (116.2) and strikeouts (111)...Was the first rookie to lead the Pirates in starts outright since Bill Werle in 1949 (29 starts); Josh Fogg (33 starts in 2002), Esteban Loaiza (31 starts in 1995) and Steve Cooke (32 starts in 1993) each shared the team lead in starts during their rookie campaigns...Tied Miami’s Trevor Rogers for the most starts among National League rookies...Ranked fourth among N.L. rookies in strikeouts (111), trailing Rogers (157), Chicago’s Adbert Alzolay (128) and Atlanta’s Ian Anderson (124)...Made the Opening Day roster and made season debut in relief on 4/3 at Chicago-NL (0.2ip/1er)...Was optioned to the alternate site on 4/4 when Kyle Crick was reinstated from the injured list...Joined Taxi Squad on road trip in Detroit on 4/21...Was activated on 4/25 and started that afternoon in Minnesota; received a no-decision in the 6-2 victory (4.0ip/1er)...Suffered loss in second start on 5/2 vs. St. Louis; also singled off Carlos Martinez in first big league plate appearance and walked his second time to the plate... Gave up three runs in 1.1 innings and lost his third straight decision on 5/26 vs. Chicago (NL)...Took a 4-1 lead into the fourth inning on 6/1 at Kansas City, but suffered his fourth straight loss (4.0ip+/8er)...Went 0-4 with a 7.26 ERA (31.0ip/25er) in his first eight games (seven starts) with the Pirates thru 6/1...Was optioned to Triple-A Indianapolis on 6/3...Made lone appearance with Indy on 6/8...Was recalled on 6/12...Won his first Major League game on 6/25 at St. Louis, snapping his personal six-game losing streak dating back to 2020...Struck out career-high nine batters while winning his second decision on 7/24 at San Francisco... Grounded out as a pinch hitter on 7/27 vs. Milwaukee...Won his second straight decision on 7/30 vs. Philadelphia; gave up just one hit while tossing 6.0 scoreless innings...Gave up seven runs (three homers) in 4.0ip on 8/5 at Cincinnati and suffered the loss...Struck out as a pinch hitter on 9/16 vs. Cincinnati...Picked up his second win on 9/17 at Miami (5.0ip/1er)...Grounded out as a pinch hitter on 9/29 vs. Chicago (NL)...Made his final start on 10/1 vs. Cincinnati and tied career-high in strikeouts while giving up just one hit in 6.0 scoreless innings of work...Went 2-for-35 (.057) with a double and a walk as a batter; including an 0-for-3 stint as a pinch hitter.
Entered season ranked by Baseball America as the Nationals No. 4 prospect...Spent majority of season at Washington’s alternate training site...Was recalled and made Major League debut in game two of a doubleheader on 8/22 vs. Miami and suffered the loss (3.2ip/4r/2er)...Was recalled a second time to start game two of a doubleheader on 9/4 at Atlanta and received a no-decision (2.1ip/3er)...Was recalled a final time to start game two of a doubleheader on 9/18 at Miami and suffered second loss (2.1ip/6er)...Was acquired from the Nationals on 12/24.
Went 7-10 with a 4.70 ERA in a career-high 26 starts between Double-A Harrisburg and Triple-A Fresno...His 26 starts and 149.1 innings pitched were the most among Washington's farmhands...He struck out 130 batters between the two stops, the second most in Washington's Minor League system...Crowe began the season in Harrisburg before being promoted to Fresno on July 11.
Named Washington's co-Minor League Pitcher of the Year and Carolina League Pitcher of the Year...Went 11-5 with a 3.40 ERA in 22 games (21 starts) between three levels of Washington's system...His 11 wins were tied for the most among Nationals farmhands, while his 3.40 ERA ranked fourth among full-season Nationals Minor Leaguers...Began the season 11-0 with a 2.60 ERA through his first 17 games (16 starts) between Single-A Potomac and Double-A Harrisburg...Was named a Carolina League mid-season All-Star before being promoted to Harrisburg on Aug. 7... Entered the season rated as the No. 7 prospect in Washington's system according to Baseball America and the No. 6 prospect by MLB.com...Was cited by Baseball America as having the "Best Curveball" among Nationals Minor Leaguers.