Kyle Crick | RHP, 21 yo, 6-4, 220 | 2011 Draft – 1 (43) | (A+) 14 GS, 68.2 IP, 1.57 ERA, 6.3 H/9, 5.1 BB/9, 12.5 K/9 | (AFL) 7 G, 5 GS, 15.2 IP, 2.87 ERA, 9 H, 11 BB, 24 K
The clear-cut #1 prospect in the system, and a potential top of the rotation arm. Fastball runs 94-98 consistently and is nearly unhittable when it’s on. Still very inexperienced for a professional pitcher, and needs a healthy full season next year in order to keep progressing. His fastball can play at any level right now, but the change/slider/curve combination is a work in progress. He seems to be a calm kid with a good head on his shoulders, and I could see him taking off very soon if he works out his command issues. I think most people forget that he didn’t start pitching full time until the end of his high school career.
I think I’ve made it pretty clear around here just how excited I am about Crick, so I’ll let the rest of the Giants baseball world do the talking.
They said it:
“Explosive stuff…Pitches to an area of the plate rather than a finite location…He’s probably got a better fastball than Matt (Cain) had when he made it to the big leagues.” ~ Giants minor league pitching coordinator Bert Bradley
“…has a chance to have two plus pitches in his fastball and slider, along with a curve and changeup. If the command continues to improve, he can be a top-of-the-rotation starter.” ~ Johnathan Mayo, MLB.com
“He’s got big league stuff right now…He’s a big, strong kid and he has stuff that would play anywhere right now. It’s just a matter of harnessing it a little bit and getting him a little more efficient in the strike zone. If he does that, he can move very, very fast.” ~ San Jose pitching Coach Mike Couchee
“On the mound, he looks so much like Matt Cain if you did not know which one was pitching, you probably could not tell just by looking from the stands, all the way from his physical appearance down to his stance, windup and delivery.” ~ DrB, When the Giants Come to Town
“I don’t even know if I really had (a changeup) at the very beginning of the year…To actually throw it for strikes and dominate with it is a pretty good feeling.” ~ Kyle Crick
A big thank you to everyone for following along throughout this series. It was well worth the time and effort, and I can’t wait to get back to the drawing board this summer for my mid-season list (which won’t be nearly this big). After months of focusing on the minors, it’s time to turn our attention somewhat back to the big leagues, with pitchers and catchers reporting in only a couple weeks. Don’t worry though, there will always be time for prospect talk here at Cove Chatter.