Selected by the New York Mets in the first round (No. 19 overall) of the 2020 MLB Draft out of Harvard-Westlake High School in Los Angeles, California... signed with the Mets on June 25, 2020 and received a $3.359 million signing bonus, the slot value for the 19th overall selection... had committed to Vanderbilt but instead joined the Mets... was traded by the Mets to the Cubs at the Trade Deadline on July 30, 2021 in exchange for shortstop Javier Báez and righty Trevor Williams... became the Cubs' No. 5-ranked prospect according to MLB.com at the time of the trade... Crow-Armstrong had been rehabbing a season-ending injury to his right shoulder at the time of the trade and had played in only six games with the Mets... "I was like, 'What in the world?'" Crow-Armstrong told MLB.com after learning of the trade. "I didn't hear about this at all. I was just kind of surprised, freaking out, taken aback a little bit."... Crow-Armstrong's mother, Ashley Crow, is an actress who baseball fans know as the mom from the movie "Little Big League" and also appeared in "Minority Report" and "Heroes" ... his father, Matthew John Armstrong, is also an actor and has appeared in TV shows including “American Dreams,” “The Young and the Restless” and “American Horror Story.”.. his father grew up in Illinois as a Cubs fan... Cubs had considered Crow-Armstrong for the No. 16 pick in the 2020 Draft, but they ultimately used that selection on prep shortstop Ed Howard... Crow-Armstrong was 10-for-24 (.417) in six games with the St. Lucie Mets before the center fielder injured his non-throwing shoulder on a slide into third base, which led to surgery to repair a torn labrum... made his Cubs debut with Myrtle Beach on April 12, 2022, going 1-for-4 with a walk vs. Augusta... hit his first homer on April 19 at Delmarva, an inside-the-park home run
At Harvard-Westlake, Crow-Armstrong hit .514 in 10 games with one strikeout in 42 at-bats before his senior season was halted due to the Covid-19 pandemic... he batted .426 with three homers and five triples during his junior season... the same high school also previously produced big leaguers Jack Flaherty, Max Fried and Lucas Giolito.