Pete Crow-Armstrong of the Chicago Cubs bats during a spring training game against the Texas Rangers at Surprise Stadium on March 7, 2023 in Surprise, Arizona. (Photo by Ben Ludeman/Texas Rangers/Getty Images)
By Matthew Tallarini
World Baseball Network
Outfielder Pete Crow-Armstrong, the Chicago Cubs’ No. 1 prospect and the No. 12 overall prospect according to MLBpipeline.com, has been called up from Triple-A Iowa to the Major League club on Monday prior to the start of the Cubs’ three-game road series against the Colorado Rockies.
Crow-Armstrong, 21, was born in Sherman Oaks, California and was drafted by the New York Mets as the 19th overall pick in the 2020 Major League Baseball Draft out of Harvard-Westlake High School in Los Angeles. He signed for a $3.359 million bonus contract on June 25, 2020 foregoing his commitment to Vanderbilt University.
This season, Crow-Armstong has split time between Double-A Tennessee and Triple-A Iowa, playing in 107 games with 500 plate appearances and batting .283 with 124 hits, seven triples, 26 doubles, 20 home runs, 82 RBI, 37 stolen bases, 46 walks, and 129 strikeouts including a .876 OPS.
In his first professional season in 2021, Crow-Armstrong spent half the season with the Mets organization in Low-A Port St. Lucie, where he played in six games with 32 plate appearances, batting .417 with 10 hits, two doubles, four RBI, two stolen bases, seven walks, and six strikeouts before he landed on the 60-day Injured List on June 17, 2021 after undergoing shoulder surgery, forcing him to miss the remainder of the season.
Crow-Armstrong was traded to the Cubs on July 30, 2021 for Javier Baez and Trevor Williams alongside cash considerations going to the New York Mets.
Last season, Crow-Armstrong won the MiLB Gold Glove Award in High-A South Bend, was nominated as an MiLB.com organization All-Star and was also selected to the Futures Game in Los Angeles. He played at Low-A Myrtle Beach and High-A South Bend, appearing in 101 games with 471 plate appearances and batting .312 with 132 hits, 20 doubles, 10 triples, 16 home runs, 61 RBI, swiping 32 bases, 36 walks, 102 strikeouts and a .896 OPS.
Over three professional seasons in the minor leagues, Crow-Armstrong has played in 214 games, batting .301 across 1,003 plate appearances with 266 hits, 48 doubles, 17 triples, 36 home runs, 147 RBI, 71 stolen bases, 89 walks, 237 strikeouts and a .892 OPS.
The Cubs are carrying a deep outfield corps during the month of September. Crow-Armstrong has played in a total of 91 games in center field between Double-A Tennessee and Triple-A Iowa this season. Cubs manager David Ross will have Crow-Armstrong as another outfield option along with Major League veterans Mike Tauchman and Cody Bellinger.
The Cubs (77-67) are three games back in the National League Central Division of the first place Milwaukee Brewers (79-63) with just a few weeks left in the regular season. The Cubs also currently hold the second National League Wild Card.