There’s only a handful of players out there who can say their passion for baseball started after throwing the first pitch of an MLB game. Justin Crawford was just four years old when he climbed up onto the mound at Tropicana Field in Tampa, Florida and heaved in a strike to his father, Carl Crawford, who at the time was in the early years of his prolific MLB career. In the ten years that have past since then, Justin has developed into both a phenomenal baseball player as well as student.
Grit is the word Justin uses to describe his approach to life. Academically, he was forced to put this grit to the test after figuring out at a young age that the reason he was struggling in school was because of dyslexia. He learned that extraordinary outcomes only come from setting high goals and putting in the work to achieve them. His determination and commitment to succeeding is what has allowed him to achieve a 3.3 GPA his freshman year at Rolling Hills Prep in Torrance, CA. Justin brings this same grit from the classroom with him to the field everyday.
Justin Crawford has enjoyed playing among elite company in the MLB Elite Development Invitational as well as for Team USA. If he ends up not making the decision to go pro out of high school, his top three schools of interest are UCLA, University of Arizona and Duke. It’s no surprise that Justin’s style of play resembles his father; both having great speed, an elite glove and the ability to drive the ball gap to gap. Currently Justin is the third ranked Class of 2022 outfielder in the state of California and works with the 2017 World MMA “Trainer of the Year” Nick Curson.
Outside of baseball Justin enjoys playing MLB The Show, listening to Lil Wayne and watching Game of Thrones. This fall Justin will be making a move to Las Vegas and will spend his sophomore year attending Bishop Gorman High School where he plans to continue his academic and athletic success. Ultimately, his goal is to become a MLB Hall of Famer, which may just be possible with his work ethic and determination. In his own words, “I like Press Sports because they show impressive athletes from all sports. You highlight athleticism and skill. And, if you are an athlete, it’s a great way to get seen. It has become one of my favorite apps.” We salute this young man and look forward to keeping up with his career as he continue to progress to the next level.
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