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Keith Law has Texas going with a toolsy high school outfielder in his first mock draft

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Girls play a game of field hockey on the athletic fields of Harvard-Westlake School, an independen Photo by Luis Sinco/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images

Keith Law’s first 2020 MLB Mock Draft is out today at the Athletic, and Law has the Texas Rangers reverting to previous form with their first pick, projecting them to take toolsy Los Angeles Harvard-Westlake outfielder Pete Crow-Armstrong at #14.

Crow-Armstrong has a pretty interesting background — his parents are both actors, with his mother having played Billy Heywood’s mom in Little Big League. He attends the ritzy private prep school Harvard-Westlake in the Studio City neighborhood of Los Angeles — the photo above shows their girls’ lacrosse team playing on the Harvard-Westlake athletic grounds. Jack Flaherty, Lucas Giolito and Max Fried are all recent Harvard-Westlake products who have made the majors.

The Rangers went college-heavy last year early on after having prioritized toolsy high schoolers in previous drafts, and Crow-Armstrong would be, in a way, a return to the pre-2019 style for Texas. However, Crow-Armstrong is less raw than the toolsy guys the Rangers have tended to go for early in the past — he’s got a strong track record of performing for the U.S. national team, and gets praise for his instincts. He’s seen as a guy who will stick in center field, with the questions being about how much power he has.