Crews leads recent FSS draftees with big pro debut

August 7, 2023

Leave it to Dylan Crews to make a big first impression. One of the stars of both the 2019 national tournaments and International Week, Crews went No. 2 overall to the Washington Nationals in July, and has wasted little time in hitting the ground running.

He needed just one game in the Florida Complex League, going 3-for-3 with a double. He was then quickly assigned to full-season ball, joining the Low-A Fredericksburg Nationals, with whom he’s already hit his first professional home run. Considered the second-best prospect in Washington’s farm system according to FSS Plus Analyst Joe Doyle’s brand-new, post-Draft rankings, Crews has the potential to climb the ladder very, very quickly as a premium college bat.

Tommy Troy, INF — Hillsboro Hops (A+; Arizona Diamondbacks)

The path is a similar one for Tommy Troy. Assigned to the Arizona Complex League by the Arizona Diamondbacks shortly after signing his first pro deal — complete with $4.4 million signing bonus — the former Stanford star wouldn’t need long there, hitting .455 with five RBI in just four games before skipping Low-A all together and heading to High-A Hillsboro. With the Hops, Troy has also delivered his first professional homer.

Cooper Pratt, INF — ACL Brewers (ACL; Milwaukee Brewers)

Considered by many to be the steal of the Draft, Milwaukee managed to wriggle Pratt out of his Ole Miss commitment, and it’s paid immediate dividends. Likely to stay in the ACL as a prep bat at least in the short-term, the 18-year-old shortstop is 5-for-9 to start off his pro career, including three RBI and a stolen base.

Boston Baro, INF — FCL Mets (FCL, New York Mets)

Another slick prep infielder, Baro was recently assigned to the Florida Complex League shortly after the ink dried on his deal, and has appeared in two games thus far with the team, collecting his first professional hit on a double. He’s also drawn a walk in his first six plate appearances.

Sabin Ceballos, 3B — FCL Braves (FCL, Atlanta Braves)

An intriguing college bat, Ceballos went at No. 94 overall to the Braves in July, one year after the Angels took him in the later rounds, but were unable to agree to terms with the big, versatile slugger. Thus far, he’s 3-for-8 to kick off his pro career in the FCL, with two RBI and two stolen bases despite a six-foot-three, 225-pound frame.

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