Pete Crow-Armstrong Has ALREADY Been Named to an All-Defense Team

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Pete Crow-Armstrong Has ALREADY Been Named to an All-Defense Team

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I don’t want my angry lockout post to be the last Cubs post of the day, so I’ll share something very fun and good and short on Cubs outfield prospect Pete Crow-Armstrong.

We still haven’t had a chance to see the 19-year-old outfielder in action yet, and he hasn’t had much of a chance to play pro ball since being a first round pick in 2020 (pandemic, then a shoulder injury last year). But the opinions on him were sufficiently high coming out of the draft that he’s still getting some run as a possible very-soon top 100 prospect from FanGraphs, BP, and BA. Moreover, the reviews from those who’ve observed his work this offseason have been really strong. You know how you can take that stuff only so far, but it’s been a constant drumbeat since the fall: the guy looks good.

Adding to that, even with all the missed time, PCA still gets a ton of love for his outfield defense, where new Cubs farm director Jared Banner recently compared his potential defensive impact to that of Mookie freaking Betts.

And now, even with almost no pro experience whatsoever, Crow-Armstrong is getting love from MLB Pipeline as one of the three best defensive outfielders in all of minor league baseball. Their 2022 All-Defensive Team for the preseason has a starter at each position, and right there in the outfield is PCA:

The best defensive outfielder in the 2020 Draft, Crow-Armstrong went 19th overall to the Mets and moved to the Cubs last summer in a trade for Javier Báez and Trevor Williams. His combination of plus speed and quality reads and routes allows him to cover plenty of ground in center, and he also owns solid arm strength.

The superficial comparisons to Albert Almora won’t stop until PCA actually gets into enough game action to show what the bat is or isn’t, but having been here throughout the entirety of Almora’s prospectdom, I can tell you that he wasn’t evaluated at THIS level on the defense. Exceptional? Yes. A clear plus future defensive center fielder? Yes. But getting nods as one of the best in the minors (and comped to a guy like Mookie Betts on the defensive side) before he’s even played more than six minor league games?! No. This is quite a different tier.

In theory, Crow-Armstrong will start his Cubs career at Low-A Myrtle Beach, and I’m not sure there will be a ton of pressure to move him up to South Bend even if he’s raking, given his age and his limited playing experience the last two years. Here’s hoping he performs well offensively, though, because it would be nice to dream on a quality bat to pair with an impact glove down the road.

Also, he can really jump:

Author: Brett Taylor

Brett Taylor is the Editor and Lead Cubs Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at @BleacherNation and @Brett_A_Taylor.