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Chicago Cubs: Outfielder Pete Crow-Armstrong has fantastic potential

When the Cubs shipped off their most exciting player in Javier Baez, they got a prospect that could wind up being a fixture of the next core in Wrigley. Pete Crow-Armstrong was a first-round pick in the 2020 MLB draft and the Cubs were roundly praised by scouts for getting him in return.

Crow-Armstrong is a no doubt Gold Glove-caliber defender with phenomenal speed to boot, and most scouts like his contact and on-base ability as well, but the difference between him becoming great or elite lies in his power stroke. Scouts are split on his power, some think he can be average, which would be huge, but others think he’ll max out at 40-grade power.

It’s not a question we’ll have answered this year though as after six games of absolutely raking in A-Ball, he had to get season-ending surgery to repair an injury in his non-throwing shoulder. It’s absolutely imperative for the Cubs to make sure his potential isn’t dampened and his shoulder fully heals. At full potential, Crow-Armstrong could be an elite player, and we can only hope he reaches it.