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It's revisionist history to say Dylan Crews was the undisputed top hitter in this class pre-draft. Some analysts preferred Wyatt Langford's bat. Now, after Crews went No. 2 overall and struggled in a small sample above Single-A while Langford went No. 4 overall and was arguably the most dangerous hitter in the minors during his climb to Triple-A, the vast majority of analysts and prospectors prefer Langford. The two college outfielders will be linked in the coming years, but for now, Langford could win a big-league job in spring training and Crews appears ticketed back to Double-A, where he slashed .208/.318/.278 with zero home runs and 19 strikeouts in 20 games. He struck out at a surprisingly high 26.8 percent clip in 14 games at Single-A, and Langford wasn't the only college hitter from last year's class to outproduce Crews in the upper levels -- Matt Shaw and Kyle Teel excelled at Double-A. Crews has a superb track record of production in high school and at LSU, with his OBP skill being his top trait. He has the raw power and future home park to hit 25-plus homers annually, although it will be worth tracking his groundball rate (47.2% at Double-A). Crews has the speed to steal 20 bases early in his career, but he should slow down in his late-20s. He has the talent and pedigree to attack the upper levels with vengeance early this season and get in the mix for a big-league call-up, and unlike Langford's situation in Texas, Crews will have no competition for playing time whenever he is deemed ready.

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  • Nationals' Dylan Crews: Heating up at Double-A

    Crews went 3-for-5 with a grand slam, a second run scored and a stolen base for Double-A Harrisburg on Sunday. Crews' eighth-inning blast left the yard so quickly, it initially looked like a double when it hit above the fence in left field and bounced back onto the grass. The second overall pick in the 2023 MLB Draft is beginning to find a groove at Double-A, going 8-for-20 (.400) over the last five games with a double, two homers, eight RBI and a 1:3 BB:K. James Wood is scorching hot at Triple-A right now, and if he forces his way onto the big-league roster, Crews could get an early promotion of his own to take Wood's place on the Rochester roster.
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  • Nationals' Dylan Crews: Big night for Harrisburg

    Crews went 4-for-5 with a home run and four RBI in an 8-7 extra-inning win for Double-A Harrisburg on Tuesday. The second overall pick in the 2023 First-Year Player Draft ripped a three-run home run off Braxton Ashcraft in the third inning before adding an RBI single in the fourth. The long ball was the first of the year for Crews, and his first at Double-A after he struggled in 20 games at the level to close out last season. He's batting .278 (5-for-18) through four games for Harrisburg with a 1:7 BB:K, and a quick climb up the ladder to Triple-A remains a distinct possibility if he gets hot at the plate. A big-league debut late in the 2024 campaign is still plausible for Crews, but the Nationals will likely try to preserve his rookie eligibility for 2025.
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  • Nationals' Dylan Crews: Will begin season at Double-A

    Crews will open the season with Double-A Harrisburg, Bobby Blanco of MASN Sports reports. The 2023 first-round pick was informed of the assignment ahead of Tuesday's showcase game pitting the Nationals' regulars against the organization's top prospects. Crews finished last season with Harrisburg but slashed only .194/.306/.264 through 20 games, so a return engagement makes sense. The 22-year-old also struggled a bit this spring, batting .156 (5-for-32) with a 4:12 BB:K, but three of his hits, including a homer he hit off Jesus Luzardo, went for extra bases. If Crews catches fire at Double-A, a promotion to Triple-A could follow in short order, and a big-league debut later in the 2024 season isn't out of the question.
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  • Nationals' Dylan Crews: Smacks first spring homer

    Crews went 2-for-3 with a two-run home run, a double and a second run scored in Wednesday's Grapefruit League game against the Marlins. Both extra-base hits came off Jesus Luzardo, including a fourth-inning blast to center field for Crews' first homer in a Nationals' uniform. James Wood has been the prospect star of camp so far for Washington, but Crews hasn't been too shabby either, going 4-for-14 with two doubles, two stolen bases and a 2:3 BB:K along with Wednesday's homer. After being the second overall pick in the 2023 Draft, the 22-year-old Crews could be poised to make his big-league debut over the summer if he gets off to a hot start in the high minors.
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  • Nationals' Dylan Crews: Invited to Nats' spring training

    The Nationals announced Tuesday that Crews received an invitation to major-league spring training. He'll join fellow prospects James Wood and Brady House, among others, in Nats camp. The No. 2 overall pick in the 2023 First-Year Player Draft, Crews slashed .292/.377/.467 with five home runs over three levels in his first 35 pro games last season. He did struggle in his 20 contests at Double-A Harrisburg (.595 OPS), but Crews should nonetheless reach the majors in short order, perhaps as soon as the 2024 season.
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  • Nationals' Dylan Crews: Struggling since return to lineup

    Crews (head) is hitting .158/.179/.237 in nine games for Double-A Harrisburg since making his return to the lineup Aug. 31. Crews was removed from an Aug. 29 game against Binghamton after being hit in the back of the helmet by a pitch, but after receiving the following day off, the No. 2 overall pick in June's draft received the green light to rejoin the Harrisburg lineup. Though he's ostensibly healthy again, the 21-year-old has yet to get going at the plate; in addition to batting .158 since his return to the lineup, Crews has failed to draw a walk and has struck out at 30.8 percent clip.
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  • Nationals' Dylan Crews: Exits Double-A game after HBP

    Nationals president of baseball operations Mike Rizzo said Wednesday in an interview with Grant Paulsen of 106.7 The Fan Washington that Crews was removed from his game Tuesday with Double-A Harrisburg as a precaution after being hit in the back of the helmet by a pitch. A misplaced breaking ball struck Crews, forcing him from the game. The No. 2 overall pick in the 2023 First-Year Player Draft seems to have avoided a concussion, though he will continue to be monitored. Crews has a .970 OPS with five home runs in 22 games over three levels since entering the professional ranks.
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  • Nationals' Dylan Crews: Huge day at Single-A

    Crews went 5-for-5 with a walk, two home runs, four runs scored and six RBI for Single-A Fredericksburg on Sunday. The second overall pick in this year's draft, Crews has dismantled low-minors pitching to begin his pro career, going 13-for-39 (.333) through his first eight games for Fredericksburg with two doubles and four homers. There have been small blemishes on his line -- he's gone 1-for-3 on stolen-base attempts and has struck out 10 times against only three walks -- but nothing that raises any serious concerns about his future. The 21-year-old appears headed for a very quick ascent through the Nationals' system, and it wouldn't be a surprise to see Crews finish out the season at High-A if he continues to be unchallenged at his current level.
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  • Nationals' Dylan Crews: Fast start to pro career

    Crews went 3-for-3 with a double and three runs scored for the Nationals' Florida Complex League affiliate in his pro debut Thursday. This is a very conservative assignment for the 21-year-old LSU star, and Crews figures to get a quick promotion to a full-season affiliate after getting his feet wet as a pro. Taken with the second overall pick in the 2023 First-Year Player Draft, the outfielder is a potential four-category fantasy asset who might also contribute in steals early in his career, and a 2024 big-league debut isn't off the table if Crews races through the Nats' system without facing much of a challenge.
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