Cubs top prospect Pete Crow-Armstrong wins exclusive award
Cubs prospect Pete Crow-Armstrong has long been lauded for his defensive prowess.
Tuesday, he was rewarded for that part of his game.
Crow-Armstrong was named one of nine minor leaguers to win a minor-league Gold Glove Award.
The 20-year-old center fielder is second on Lance Brozdowski’s Top 25 Cubs’ prospect list. He was acquired at the trade deadline in 2021 from the Mets for shortstop Javy Báez and pitcher Trevor Williams.
Crow-Armstrong recorded 194 putouts and 6 outfield assists in 91 games at center across Low-A Myrtle Beach (32 games) and High-A South Bend (59 games). This season marked Crow-Armstrong’s first full-season in professional baseball — he was drafted in the first round by the Mets in 2020 then missed the 2021 season after just six games when he had a season-ending right shoulder injury.
When he was acquired in 2021, Crow-Armstrong was lauded fro his defense, but showed growth offensively in 2022. He posted an .896 OPS across both levels of A-ball with 48 extra-base hits and 65 RBI. He had a 126 weighted runs created plus of 126, 26 percentage points above average.
“Pete Crow-Armstrong, I think offensively, just blew us out of the water with what he’s able to do with the bat,” Cubs hitting coach Dustin Kelly said last week. Kelly served as the team’s minor league hitting coordinator the last two seasons. “Obviously, we knew defensively and the speed and all of those tools were there. But for him to put up the power numbers and do what he did offensively was really impressive.”