Oak Mountain star plays in All-American game at Wrigley Field
Oak Mountain High School senior John David (J.D.) Crowe, Jr. wrapped up a visit to Chicago behind home plate at Wrigley Field as the starting catcher for the National team in the 2010 Under Armour All-American Game on Aug. 14.
Crowe caught four different pitchers in the first four innings of the game and finished 0-for-2 at the plate for the National team, which fell to the American squad 7-0 on the home field of Major League Baseball’s Chicago Cubs.
Crowe, who batted cleanup for the National team, struck out looking on a 3-2 count in his first plate appearance in the second inning and powered a fly ball to deep left field in his final at bat in the fourth inning.
The game was televised live on the MLB Network.
In addition to playing at Wrigley Field, Crowe spent four days in Chicago participating in baseball events associated with the Under Armour All-American Game.
Crowe’s first event was a welcome banquet Aug. 11 at Wrigley Field, which featured guest speakers Cal Ripken, Jr. and Billy Ripken.
Crowe took part in baseball showcases in front of professional scouts Aug. 12-13. Crowe also participated as a camp counselor at the Ripken Baseball Camp and attended a Chicago White Sox home game during his trip.
Crowe’s athlete profile on the Under Armour All-American Game website gave a scout’s view of his baseball ability.
“Crowe has an advanced left-handed bat with power and bat speed,” read his profile on Baseball.uaallamerica.com. “He makes consistently hard contact with his clean, easy stroke. At 6-foot and 195 pounds, he has a strong, athletic frame behind the plate and displays plus arm strength with on-line carry on throws to second.”
Crowe has committed to play college baseball at Auburn University. He is also considered a prospective draft pick in the 2011 MLB Draft.
The Under Armour All-American Game featured 36 of the top high school baseball players in the country in the Class of 2011 and Class of 2012.