■ Royals' top pick Crow eager to pitch for his favorite team (KC Star)
Aaron Crow is a lifelong Royals fan. And why not? He grew up in Topeka, then starred at Missouri and has been to games at Kauffman Stadium since before he can remember.
Here comes the slap of reality.
“I’m too young to remember George Brett,” he says.
Instead, Crow was drawn to his home team by Carlos Beltran, Johnny Damon and Jermaine Dye. Starting now, he’ll be a central part of the franchise’s effort to create a new string of stars for a new generation of local kids to grow up cheering.
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Part of the reason the Royals were so excited when Crow fell to them in the draft — many predicted he’d be selected in the top five — is that it shouldn’t take too long for him to reach the majors.
Many talent evaluators see a pitcher polished enough that he’d be in the major leagues now if he’d signed with the Nationals last year. Crow, who will turn 23 in November, went 13-0 with a 2.35 ERA his junior year at Missouri.
He’s 6 feet 3 and 195 pounds, with a competitive presence on the mound to go with what could be three above-average pitches: a sinking fastball that works in the low 90s but has touched as high as 97, a hard slider and a change-up that Crow thinks is much improved from his college days.
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