Pete Crow-Armstrong, OF, Harvard Westlake (HS)
Though the Cardinals’ OF depth is just fine with guys like Dylan Carlson, Tyler O’Neill, and Jhon Torres; but with there not being much of a high school season due to the COVID-19 pandemic, high schoolers could see a slight bump down draft boards.
Pete Crow-Armstrong is a dynamic OF out of Harvard-Westlake Academy in California. If you are wondering why Harvard-Westlake might sound familiar, it’s because Cardinals Ace Jack Flaherty also went there and was drafted out of HS as well. So, if the Cardinals wanted to reach their hand in the Harvard-Westlake basket again, Pete Crow-Armstrong would be the pick.
The California prospect has been among the top HS position players for about a year now and he brings a lot to the table in regards to his game. He is more of a contact hitter rather than power, but he does show potential as a power hitter and can make “loud contact” on occasion. He also is an elite defensive fielder and scouts have claimed that he is the best defensive OF in this class.
Crow-Armstrong has a solid frame at 6’1, 180 lbs but he will need to put on a little bit of mass once he transitions into professional baseball. When you look at his tools, he might give you Harrison Bader vibes. A very solid athlete with plus speed and fielding ability as well as upside as a hitter with raw power. As well as going hard in the field at all costs.
Overall, Pete Crow-Armstrong has a lot of room to grow but could develop into a very solid MLB player with the right development. He could likely be gone before St. Louis even picks, but if he is there at 21, it might be a risk worth taking.