Dylan Crews selected second overall by the Washington Nationals in the MLB Draft

Dylan Crews selected second overall by the Washington Nationals in the MLB Draft
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LSU center fielder Dylan Crews has been selected by the Washington Nationals as the second overall pick in this year’s MLB Draft. 

Crews was selected immediately after LSU right-hander Paul Skenes, making it the first time ever a school has had the No. 1 and No. 2 overall MLB Draft picks.

“It’s painful enough picking No. 2 because of how we got to pick No. 2 and we certainly would like to have our choice of all the players, but we’re tickled pink to have Dylan Crews as a National,” Washington Nationals president of baseball operations and general manager Mike Rizzo said.

It also marked the first time since 2001 that LSU had two players selected in the first round of the MLB Draft, when second baseman Mike Fontenot and outfielder Todd Linden were selected 19th and 41st overall. Second baseman Todd Walker and shortstop Russ Johnson were also selected in the first round of the 1994 draft.

“Honestly, we really didn’t talk about it (going No. 1 and No. 2),” Crews said. “We definitely contacted each other and congratulated each other. I have all the love for that kid.”

Crews was the 2023 Golden Spikes Award winner, which honors the top amateur baseball player in the U.S. based on their athletic ability, sportsmanship, character, and overall contribution to the sport.

He finished his three-year career as a two-time Southeastern Conference player of the year and the 2023 SEC Male Athlete of the Year. He was Perfect Game’s National Freshman of the Year in 2021. 

“He’s always been a guy we’ve watched since high school,” Rizzo said. “He’s been a consistent player throughout his career. He’s got great character and he’s very competitive. I think he’s going to be a guy that’s going to fit right in and be one of the leaders of the core group of guys.”

Crews batted .426 this season with 16 doubles, two triples, 18 home runs, 80 RBIs and a nation’s-best of 100 runs scored. He also led the nation with 71 walks, the No. 2 on-base percentage (.567) and was No. 2 in base hits (110). Crews also reached base in all 71 games this season, in addition to the final four games in last year’s NCAA Hattiesburg Regional, meaning, he reached base through 75 straight games. 

“He’s got a full bag of tools — he does everything and his baseball IQ is terrific,” Rizzo said. “He’s got a propensity to barrel up baseballs and he’s an on-base percentage machine. He’s got power to hit, defense run and throw and beyond that, he’s got the demeanor and characteristics of a winner and a champion. We were fortunate enough to grab him.” 

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