The Nationals started Wil Crowe, one of their top prospects, in Monday’s Grapefruit League matchup against the Mets. The right-hander (0-1) allowed a second-inning solo homer to Wilson Ramos, but pitched two innings with that one hit, one strikeout and no walks allowed in the 2-1 loss.
Crowe displayed outstanding endurance in 2019 with 26 starts, between Double-A and Triple-A, going 7-10 with a 4.70 ERA with 130 strikeouts over 149 1/3 innings, just 48 walks and his WHIP at 1.33.
The 25-year-old, who pitched collegiately at South Carolina, is No. 4 in Baseball America’s Nats top 10 prospects.
No. 4 Wil Crowe
“There’s a good chance his major league debut will come this year,” Lusk said. “I think his stuff is a tick behind (Voth, Joe Ross and Fedde), the guys out for the No. 5 starting spot. After pitching really well in Harrisburg, he battled at Triple-A Fresno where everyone, even the guy they protected, Ben Braymer, had numbers that you wouldn’t want to take home with you. I would think if he gets off to a decent start and they need someone to make a spot start, he’d be the first candidate.”
I caught up with Crowe last spring training, and the 2017 second-round selection told me he was completely healthy coming into 2019 and that helped to contribute to close to 30 starts. Getting a start this early in camp will hopefully help him get a taste of major league hitters so he will be ready for potential big league opportunity this season.