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Nationals select LSU star Dylan Crews 2nd overall

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With the second pick in the 2023 MLB Draft, the Washington Nationals selected Dylan Crews, an outfielder out of Louisiana State University.

The star prospect is coming off a very decorated couple of weeks, winning the 2023 Golden Spikes Award as the top amateur player in the country and helping lead the Tigers to a national championship. He's the fourth player to win both the award and the College World Series and the first since Mark Kotsay in 1995.

Crews, 21, was seen as a potential first-round talent coming out of high school. However, early-season struggles followed by the pandemic forced him to withdraw from the draft entirely and commit to LSU, where he immediately shot to stardom by setting a freshman record with 18 homers.

He didn't slow down as the years went on, clubbing 22 more homers as a sophomore and leading the SEC in batting average and on-base percentage through his final regular season as a junior while playing center field.

Widely considered the top hitter in the class, Crews is extremely polished and could progress quickly through the minors, perhaps even challenging for a major-league role before the 2024 campaign is through.


Age: 21
Position: OF
Height/Weight: 6-0, 205 lbs
Bats/Throws: R/R
School: LSU
Pick value (#2): $8,998,500


  • Sensational bat-to-ball skills
  • Above-average power and speed
  • Already good enough defensively to stick in center field

Why fans will love this player

  • 2023 Golden Spikes winner
  • Worked on plate discipline issues from high school and now possesses elite eye
  • Two-time SEC Player of the Year (2022-23)
  • National Freshman of the Year in 2021
  • Considered the best college outfield prospect since Dustin Ackley

Things he'll need to overcome

  • Already overcame swing-and-miss issues from high school
  • Might need some work to stick in center but can also play above-average right field
  • Can struggle at times with offspeed pitches

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(Video source: MLB Pipeline)

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