(670 The Score) Cubs outfield prospect Pete Crow-Armstrong was thrilled to learn recently that he’d received an invitation to big league camp in spring training.
That invite was a reward for the 20-year-old Crow-Armstrong’s strong work in 2022 and a nod to his potential, as he's ranked as the No. 30 overall prospect in the game by MLB.com. While Crow-Armstrong understands he isn’t going to make the Cubs’ roster out of spring training, he’s set on making the most of his opportunity.
“I feel lucky to have gotten that invite, for the main reason that, you know, I’m not going over there to step on anybody’s toes,” Crow-Armstrong said on Inside the Clubhouse on 670 The Score on Saturday morning. “And what I mean by that is I know that I’m not there to make a roster. For me, that’s really cool because it just lets me be there and learn. Obviously, the same rules still apply. It’s respect everybody off the field and respect your elders and everything, but when I’m on the field, the work is still the same. It doesn’t really change. I get to be myself. I think that’s cool, because hopefully, God willing, I am up in the big leagues pretty soon and I want these guys up there to get to know me.
The lefty bat Crow-Armstrong hit .312 with 16 homers, 61 RBIs, 32 steals and an .896 OPS in 101 games split between Class-A and high Class-A in 2022. He finished the season at high Class-A South Bend, where he hit .287, nine homers, 34 RBIs, 19 steals and an .831 OPS in 63 games. Crow-Armstrong is also a superb defensive player in center field.
In particular, Crow-Armstrong noted that he wants to learn more defensively from Cubs center fielder Cody Bellinger and left fielder Ian Happ at big league camp. Both have won Gold Gloves.
“I’m really excited, and I’m very thankful,” Crow-Armstrong said.