Cubs prospect Pete Crow-Armstrong gets well-deserved promotion
To say there is a lot of excitement surrounding Chicago Cubs prospect Pete Crow-Armstrong is a drastic understatement. The 20-year-old outfielder got the call to high-A South Bend earlier this week after tearing it up in Class-A Myrtle Beach.
Crow-Armstrong, who was acquired by the Cubs in the Javier Baez trade last summer, has risen to Baseball America‘s Top 100 prospect list, and is now ranked the franchise’s third overall prospect by MLB.com behind Brennen Davis (#1) and Cristian Hernandez (#2).
Cubs: Pete Crow-Armstrong’s promotion to South Bend well-deserved
It really is no surprise Crow-Armstrong was promoted. He was on fire at A-ball and has been among the MiLB offensive stat leaders. In 38 games with Myrtle Beach, Crow-Armstrong slashed .354/.443/.557 with seven home runs, 27 RBI, 177 wRC+, 1.000 OPS and 13 stolen bases. He has shown the ability to spray the ball around the park and hit for power both ways.
Not only has he crushed it at the plate, but has also been spectacular in the outfield, making incredible plays at the wall. MLB.com’s scouting report says he has “Gold Glove potential” and was considered the best outfield glove in the 2020 draft. His athleticism has been noted as he has really nice wheels on the bases and in the outfield. Right now he is showing off all the tools to be a complete MLB player, but his road to the Majors is still a long one.
“PCA,” as they call him, will not make it to The Show until likely 2024, as he is only 20 and has a total of 44 games as a professional ballplayer under his belt. He was already out for the year when the Cubs acquired him from the Mets last July and did not suit up for his new organization until this spring. All that being said, watching his continued development is a must for Cubs fans.
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Take every bit of good prospect news as a major win. The Cubs team right now is probably losing 90+ games, but when notable prospects get promoted, it is something to be happy about. We learned this first-hand back in 2013-2014 under the Theo Epstein regime.