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Kyle Crick | RHP, Giants | Born:  11/30/1992

The hype machine has a habit of shutting itself off when it comes to injured prospects.  It’s the nature of things in prospectland — it’s hard to get excited about a given player’s future when he’s not even on the field.  Such was the case with San Francisco Giants pitching prospect, Kyle Crick, who missed two months of the season with an oblique injury.  Not to imply that Crick is getting no hype — he’s pitching too damn well for that — but because his name hasn’t been at the forefront from April through August, he’s probably not getting the full attention that he deserves.  In 14 High-A starts this season (11 of which have come after the DL stint), the 20-year-old has posted a 1.57 ERA, and a K/9 at 12.5.  That line includes his final start of the regular season (7 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 11 K), but it does not include his first career playoff start, which took place this past Sunday (7 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 8 K).  These last two outings make it impossible to deny that this is a prospect who’s ready for a test in the upper levels. Crick will get a taste of that advanced competition in the Arizona Fall League next month, where he’ll be one of the prospects I’m most excited to track.

The Giants took Crick 49th overall in the 2011 Draft, seeing promise in the big-armed, big-bodied right-hander.  He stands 6-4, 220, and brings a mid-90s fastball and a powerful late-breaking curve.  His stature and general Matt Cain-ish appearance make the Matt Cain comparison a no-brainer, but the 20-year-old actually features an arsenal that could put his ceiling higher than Cain’s.  Provided everything clicks in the command department — and it’s been looking that way of recent — Crick could have an immeasurable ceiling, one that would easily match the potential of fellow prospects Taijuan Walker and Archie Bradley.  If the command development goes the other way, however — and keep in mind that he’s shown a propensity for poor command (5.1 BB/9 this season) — then Crick’s big arm could find it’s way into a bullpen role by the time he reaches the bigs.

Even taking in account the flame-out risk, this is a guy that needs to be considered among the best starting pitchers in the minors.  Looking back at my Mid-Season Top 50, at the time I put the list together, I felt I was somewhat bold in slotting Crick at #34.  We’re not even two months removed from that list, and I’m already thinking I wasn’t bold enough.  With a convincing effort next month in Arizona, and a follow-up strong showing next spring, Kyle Crick could enter 2014 as a top 20 fantasy baseball prospect with aspirations to join the Giants’ rotation sometime that summer.  The Giants appear to have a homegrown ace-in-the-making on their hands, which is something their farm has been missing since the departure of Zack Wheeler.  For the sanity of their fans, let’s hope San Francisco doesn’t trade Crick for a Carlos Beltran rental, or its equivalent.  We’re all better off if this one gets to pitch at AT&T Park.

  1. costaricanchata says:
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    drafted this kid onto my 6-man minor league roster
    in my dynasty league .
    hoping like heck that he’s a starter and not bullpen material .
    if he can keep the walks down and continue to miss bats in
    the afl , he might be something special .
    it’s a crap-shoot , but a double a start with a mid-season call-up
    would be sweet .

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      @costaricanchata: Indeed. Cant wait for AFL action. This kid is on fire right now.

  2. airweino says:
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    10 team mixed keeper league – do I speculate on Javier Baez or Archie Bradley for 2014?

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      @airweino: Bradley maybe. I doubt we see Baez before late season… too much to work on defensively, so the Cubs will give him a long look at AAA.

  3. matt says:
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    What would be a good prediction for what stats Crick will be putting up in 2016 for fantasy purposes?

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      @matt: It’s really tough to project numbers 3 years out. Crick’s only 20-years-old & there’s all sorts of development possibilities between now & 2016. What’s most important to realize, is that Crick has the potential to be top-of-the-league good.

  4. Ryan says:
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    Great article on Crick. I grabbed him with my 5 round minor league draft pick (he was the next to last minor leaguer picked) at the start of this year and I’m pretty excited about his progress. I saw him pitch in San Jose in June or July and he looked legit: mid to high 90′s, lots of swing and miss, 5 K’s in 4 inning against one walk.

    I trust the Giants’ system to draft and develop top quality pitching talent (hitting is another story). The local sports radio is also talking about him as the one Giants prospect who is untouchable this offseason. Mid 2014 might be an early estimate, but Crick is going to be huge someday.

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      @Ryan: I agree mid-2014 would be early, but not necessarily out of the question. If the giants are a contender next season, they might be forced to speed up his timetable…

      • Ryan says:
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        @Scott Evans: The Giants are not known for rushing prospects to the big leagues, even in a pennant race (see Posey, Buster.) Even if Lincecum doesn’t come back, I think it will take an injury (or two) before we see Crick.

  5. English says:
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    Quality stuff all year Scott.

    In a 20 team dynasty (keep 12 total) I have 9 definates but not sure on the other 3 due to either poor seasons or age. Which 3 would you keep from this list:
    Kelly Johnson
    Jimmy Rollins
    Victor Martinez
    Colby Rasmus
    Brad Miller
    Jake Peavy
    AJ Burnett
    Rafael Betancourt
    Andrew Bailey

    Or I could addanother prospect (already have Archie Bradley stashed). Available to pick up are; Maikel Franco, David Dahl, Alen Hanson, Albert Almora, Max Fried, Andrew Heaney, Anthony Ranuado, Kyle Crick, Mike Foltynewicz, Alex Meyer, Zach Lee.

    I’m tempted to take Franco and/or Ranaudo as they might be with the big club on opening day. What do you think?

    Agian, thanks for the great work you’ve done this year. Really enjoy your take on the prospects.

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      @English: I’d hold Bradley, Peavy, Burnett… maybe take a flyer on Ranaudo, who’s just about MLB ready. I’d say go Crick, but that’s far riskier & requires more patience.

  6. English says:
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    @Scott Evans:
    Cheers Scott.

    What do you think about Franco? Is he likely to come out of spring training with starting job or is it a big ask with his glove not being ready? Got to love that bat though.

    Also, what are your thoughts on the Dodgers nee Cuban SS Alexander Guerrero? Worth a punt?

    • English says:
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      @English:
      *new

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