Lake Mary junior Dylan Crews is a top baseball prospect in the class of 2020 and is looking to make his fourth national team.

On Tuesday, April 30 at Lake Mary High School, Dylan Crews was awarded his PDP prospect jersey by Major League Baseball’s Product Development Pipeline (PDP), which identifies the top amateur players in the United States.

“NOTHING compares to wearing a USA jersey,” Crews said. “It is an honor, and I am so proud to say I’ve worn a USA jersey and helped my teammates win a couple of gold medals. Standing on the podium with a USA flag wrapped around you getting a gold medal put on your neck is pretty awesome.”

Crews was a part of the U14 NTDP team that went to Panama, the U15 national team that traveled to Colombia, and the 2018 U18 national team (also in Panama), but baseball wasn’t always his sole focus growing up.

He was a two-sport athlete through his teenage years but decided to pull the plug on football just before his freshman year.

“I hurt my knee,” Crews said. “It could have been bad and I decided it wasn’t worth it. I was really good at football, but I knew my future was in baseball and that was what I wanted to do.”

That decision paid dividends for Crews. Soon after committing full-time to baseball he made his first national team, a feeling he says that nothing else can compare.

A consistent producer

Since then, Dylan Crews has become a fixture in the middle of the lineup — and roaming centerfield for his high school team, the Lake Mary Rams, as well as his travel club, the Orlando Scorpions.

“I’m going to miss all the coaches and my teammates I’ve had over the last three years,” he noted. “They’ve always let me play up and this is the first year I’ll play in my class. I’m sad this is going to be my last summer with a Scorps No. 25 jersey on.”

Crews models his game, both offensively and defensively after seven-time All-Star Mike Trout of the Angels. After all, they are both extremely gifted with the bat, hitting for power and average, while playing a stellar centerfield.

His athlete profile on the site Perfect Game adds more about Crews’ offensive prowess.

Can really swing the bat. Bat really stood out at PG Junior National and PG Underclass All American Games. Just always hits no matter where he is at. Outstanding at National Underclass Main Event.

Crews’ take on hitting

While Crews enjoys the kind words, he realizes hitting a baseball is pretty hard, but it’s something he loves doing.

“I used to hit 2-3 hours every day when I was younger,” Crews added. “I’ve got a full batting cage and pitching machine at my house. I still hit a lot every week with my hitting coach or my dad at home, and then every day with my high school.”

Speaking of high school, his Lake Mary squad is gearing up for the postseason. Last year, their season ended in the state semifinals.

Fast forward to 2019, and unfortunately, the injury bug has struck the Rams. Three pitchers have been lost for almost the entire season. Despite that, the team has gone on a hot streak winning 13 of their last 15 games.

“My goal is the same as it’s been every year — win a state championship for Lake Mary,” Crews said. “If we keep playing like we are, a little luck comes our way, and we all do our jobs, we can make a good run this year.”

The future for Dylan Crews

While Crews has played a little catcher during his time with Team USA, his future is in the outfield and as a power bat in the middle of the LSU lineup.

Crews committed to head coach Paul Mainieri and the Tigers after the summer of his freshman year over a final five universities that consisted of Mississippi State, Vanderbilt, Miami, and Duke.

It was a rugged recruiting process that saw the youngster on a plane every Friday night that year, following his high school contests.

“We went to 14 different schools to see them play and see which one was the best fit for me, and that was LSU,” Crews acknowledged. “They are crazy about their baseball team, the coaches are great, they have led the country in attendance like 20 straight years, and every year you have a chance to play for a national championship.”

While Crews has high hopes wearing purple and gold, the MLB Draft could put a damper on those plans.

Perfect Game has him projected as the second-best overall prospect in the class of 2020 behind only Arizona State first basemen Spencer Torkelson. However, Crews isn’t focused on next year. Instead, he’s concentrating on the present.

“My family has talked about it, but we have no control over it and that’s next summer,” he said. “My focus right now is on helping Lake Mary win a state title this year and next, then going to LSU and win a few national championships.”