PORT ST. LUCIE — At this time last year, Pete Crow-Armstrong was beginning his senior season at the baseball factory known as Harvard-Westlake High School in Los Angeles.
Now, after a year that was anything but normal in between, he is getting his first taste of big league spring training at the age of 18 while waiting to take his first professional at-bat — even if he didn’t picture himself here when the Mets drafted him with the 19th-overall pick last June.
“I was shocked,” Crow-Armstrong said Saturday after a full-squad workout. “I was in Scottsdale working out and doing my thing over there. I got the call from [executive director of player development] Kevin Howard and it was a good conversation. He made it very clear, he was like, ‘You’re not here to make the team.’ That’s something that everybody knew, right? Crazy year again, but a year that allowed me to be here. So I was surprised but I was also super happy, obviously.
“It’s been a long time coming. I’ve been anticipating getting together with a bigger sample size of Mets people and I’m lucky that it happened this month.”