Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Meet a Prospect: Austin Crowson

If the name Austin Crowson doesn’t exactly ring a bell for you that’s okay, Crowson is used to it and he probably doesn’t mind. Crowson was drafted by the New York Yankees in the 26th round of the 2017 MLB First Year Players Draft out of Lane Community College. Crowson has a full baseball scholarship to play at the University of Nevada next season but he just may decide to forego that to begin his professional career with the organization. Just in case, let’s meet him. This is Meet a Prospect: The Austin Crowson Edition.

Crowson stands 6’5” and 210 lbs. which is the typical build for a Yankees pitcher these days. I’m not sure if there is some insider trading going on here but the Yankees organization obviously knows that the NBA is going to buy out MLB soon or something and they are stocking pitchers that double as power forwards and centers or something. Crowson, funnily enough, did play basketball while at Monroe but mainly because at the time his fastball clocked in at about 82 MPH. After adding a weightlifting program into his routine Crowson saw his fastball touch 90-92 MPH as he grew which complements his curveball, changeup and slider.

In two seasons at Lane Community College Crowson put up a combined 12-3 record with a 2.36 ERA in 117 innings. Along the way the lefty struck out 122 batters while allowing just 81 hits and walking just 47 batters. As a freshman and sophomore those stats are impressive so the sky is the limit for Crowson with the Yankees, assuming he signs of course.

So if Crowson does sign I want to be the first to welcome him to the family and the organization. If Crowson doesn’t sign, no hard feelings kid. I’m still rooting for you anyway. Good luck and take your time making the decision, you have until July 15th regardless. 

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