Pete Crow-Armstrong

20-Year-Old OutfielderOF
Chicago Cubs A+
2023 Fantasy Outlook
Acquired from the Mets for two months of Javier Baez at the 2021 trade deadline, Crow-Armstrong is now one of the Cubs' best long-term building blocks. He needed shoulder surgery in early 2021 and returned last season with a vengeance, slashing .307/.372/.520 with 16 home runs, 32 steals (74.4% success rate), a 21.4 K% and a 7.8 BB% in 476 plate appearances, with over half of those coming at High-A. His approach was significantly better at Single-A (0.67 BB/K) than at High-A (0.20 BB/K), but he put his power and speed to use with regularity in games at both stops. His 39% groundball rate at High-A was particularly strong. The lefty-hitting center fielder has clear big-league tools, it's just a question of whether his bat will belong in the top third of a lineup or in the bottom half. His plus speed is even more evident when he's covering ground in center field than when he is on the basepaths, and his excellent defense should protect against a platoon or inconsistent playing. He should spend the bulk of his age-21 season at Double-A. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a $3.36 million contract with the Mets in June of 2020. Traded to the Cubs in July of 2021.
Shows promise in 2022
OFChicago Cubs  A+
October 17, 2022
Crow-Armstrong hit .312/.376/.520 with 16 homers, 32 steals (on 43 tries) and a 36:102 BB:K over 101 games split between Single-A and High-A in 2022.
ANALYSIS
Crow-Armstrong was much better across 39 games in Single-A (.998 OPS) than in the 63 games he played in High-A (.832 OPS), but he closed out the season on a heater, batting .362/.408/.543 over his final 23 games. Notably, Crow-Armstrong struck out at just an 18.4 percent clip over that stretch -- a huge improvement over the nearly 30 percent figure he was sitting on in High-A before then. That said, he also drew just three walks in that span, so he clearly still has some work to do. Nonetheless, Crow-Armstrong has impressive tools and makeup, making him one of the Cubs' top prospects. He's still a couple years away from the big leagues, though.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
2022
2021
The Cubs did a nice piece of business when they acquired Crow-Armstrong from the Mets in exchange for Javier Baez and Trevor Williams at the trade deadline. He only played in six games at Low-A before suffering a season-ending shoulder injury, but he may not have been available for a Baez rental had he stayed healthy. Crow-Armstrong couldn't have performed much better in his limited action, notching 10 hits (including two doubles) with more walks (seven) than strikeouts (six) in those six games. He also attempted five steals but was successful just twice. He gets rave reviews for his defense in center field and plus speed on the bases, but Crow-Armstrong has a sneaky high offensive ceiling -- there is more power potential than he is given credit for by some evaluators. If it all comes together, he could be a 20/20 threat who leads off or bats second. Given his limited pro experience, his stock could swing significantly in either direction in his age-20 season, depending on how he performs at the plate.
Crow-Armstrong, one of the most famous prep players in last year's class, has a chance to be a five-tool player if his bat maxes out. The Mets selected him with the 19th overall pick and he now profiles as their center fielder of the future. He should hold plus speed into his late 20s and could be a plus defensive center fielder with a plus arm. While he will probably always be hit-over-power, Crow-Armstrong has plus bat speed and a good swing plane, so if he develops a plus hit tool, he should be able to tap into 20-homer power. He didn't live up to expectations in the summer of 2019, but the left-handed hitter was off to a great start last spring, and he could have risen back into top-10 consideration had he played a full senior season at Harvard-Westlake. He started tapping into power during the fall instructional league, driving the ball to both gaps and hitting one out at 107 mph.
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Heavy strikeout numbers in High-A
OFChicago Cubs  A+
August 16, 2022
Crow-Armstrong has hit .253 with eight homers, 13 steals and a .791 OPS in 42 games since his promotion to High-A South Bend, but he's also struck out 51 times in 196 plate appearances -- a 28.6 percent clip.
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Returning to action Saturday
OFChicago Cubs  A+
June 25, 2022
Crow-Armstrong (hand) will return to the lineup at High-A South Bend on Saturday, Patrick Mooney of The Athletic reports.
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Dealing with hand injury
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Hand
June 15, 2022
Crow-Armstrong is dealing with a bruise on the back of his hand and is expected to be sidelined for a week or two, Maddie Lee of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
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Decent start at High-A
OFChicago Cubs  A+
June 6, 2022
Crow-Armstrong is slashing .238/.238/.571 with two doubles, a triple, a home run, three RBI and four runs scored through five games with High-A South Bend.
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Advances to High-A
OFChicago Cubs  A+
May 30, 2022
Crow-Armstrong was promoted to High-A South Bend on Monday, Tim Stebbins of NBC Sports Chicago reports.
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