Dylan Crews Jul 22, 2023; Washington, District of Columbia, USA; Washington Nationals outfielder Dylan Crews (3) after batting practice prior to the Nationals’ game against the San Francisco Giants at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Dylan Crews has been a terror for pitchers in Single-A ball in the short time since he made his minor-league debut.

Those pitchers are probably happy to bid him farewell, as Crews is already moving up the ladder.

The Washington Nationals are promoting the former LSU star to Double-A after just a few weeks in pro ball. The 21-year-old outfielder really had nothing left to prove at the lower level. In 62 at-bats with the Single-A Fredericksburg Nationals, Crews hit five home runs with a .385 batting average and 1.123 OPS.

This is exactly what every MLB scout expected from Crews, who went No. 2 overall in this year’s draft to the Nationals. Many scouts and baseball insiders thought the Pittsburgh Pirates should have picked Crews No. 1 overall, but they opted for his LSU teammate, Paul Skenes.

MLB.com has Crews ranked as the No. 4 MLB prospect, with a projected arrival time of next season. Talent-wise, he could probably come up and rake at the MLB level tomorrow, but there are obviously other factors (service time) the Nationals are considering.

Crews became the second top-five MLB prospect promoted to Double-A Sunday. Earlier in the day, the San Diego Padres promoted 17-year-old catching phenom Ethan Salas.

MLB fans thought Crews’ promotion to Double-A Harrisburg might was a no-brainer for the Nationals organization.

[Buster Olney, ESPN]

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