2023 MLB DRAFT: Dylan Crews, OF — LSU

Dylan Crews is the consensus top-rated player in the 2023 MLB Draft and, at minimum, is perpetually lumped into a “top three” group with fellow LSU star Paul Skenes and Florida’s Wyatt Langford. Originally projected to go early in the 2020 MLB Draft, he withdrew his name to honor that college commitment, and may be the best example of betting on himself in that realm in years, working his way up to a 1/1 profile with a near complete package of tools that won’t take long to translate to the big league level. He’s won everything you can win in college, including the most recent national championship and the Golden Spikes Award, and likely would not need long to progress through whatever system he ended up in.

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FSS Event History: Crews performed everywhere he was with the FSS, a sign of things to come. He was arguably the top performer (and draw) on an unfathomably loaded Scorpions team at the 2019 National Tournaments, and kept it going at International Week later that year, memorably smashing a long double off the Green Monster at Fenway Park.

Current Ranking in Joe Doyle’s FSS Plus Top 600: 1

Joe Doyle on Crews:

Crews has been a headliner going back to his high school days. He’s long been considered a first round talent, but the COVID-shortened 2020 season limited scouts’ looks at the Lake Mary grad.

Crews possesses plus raw power and he gets into just about all of it thanks to a premium bat path and an approach well beyond his years. He hardly ever chases outside of the strike zone, and when pulling the trigger makes hard contact at impressive rates. Crews really doesn’t have many holes in his offensive game and could move quickly through a minor league system.

Defensively, scouts believe Crews could stick in centerfield as an average defender, but most believe he’ll slide to a corner where his above average speed and plus throwing arm will play more comfortably. Crews is the total package and the argument can be made he’s the best projection college bat since Bryce Harper.

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