Nats Take Crow In First Round

Posted Jun 5, 2008

Aaron Crow became the ninth player taken in the draft when the Nationals made him their first round pick.

Some scouts believe that Aaron Crow has the best arm in the draft and the Nationals made him the first right-hander taken.

Crow already has three above average pitches with a mid-90s fastball, a slider that has good, late movement and a change-up that keeps hitters well off balance when he mixes it into his game. Crow impressed scouts in the Cape Cod League, which started his climb up the draft board. While he has one minor mechanical flaw - he tends to hook the ball too far behind his back - the thought is that strong coaching can correct the problem or that he may just be able to pitch well enough that the flaw won't impact his game.

When asked by ESPN how he felt about being taken with the ninth overall pick, Crow told of his hard work to get there. "It's a culmination of how much work I've put in," said Crow on ESPN. "I just go out there and believe that I can get the job done."

The Nationals don't pick again until Round Two where they have the 55th overall pick.

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