Sunday, August 21, 2011

Mizzou in the Majors: Aaron Crow

Top 100: No. 16 Aaron Crow (Topeka Capitol Journal - Series on the top 100 athletes in Shawnee County history)
Early in his professional baseball career, Crow already has built an impressive resume. The Kansas City Royals pitcher is only the second Shawnee County product to be selected in the first round of the major league baseball draft and the second to be picked for a major league All-Star game.

In 2008, he joined David Proctor as the only Topekans to be drafted in the first round when he was taken No. 9 overall by the Washington Nationals. After deciding not to sign with the Nationals, Crow was a first-round pick again in 2009, this time No. 12 overall to the Kansas City Royals.

After one year ...

In time, two Junior Blues became real pros (
The vast majority of selections to Shawnee County’s Top 100 Athletes excelled from an early age through natural talent and, of course, hard work. There were clear signs of stardom in their future.

For some, however, it took more time to reach their potential. Who would have guessed back in 2005 that Aaron Crow, an All-City pitcher for Washburn Rural’s baseball team despite a 2-4 record his senior season, would go on to be a two-time first-round Major League Draft choice and a rookie All-Star for the Kansas City Royals?

Another classic late bloomer was Trey Lewis ...

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