Low Minors Look — Is Crick A Double Helix Or The Next Cain?
How about a look at one of the low minors “stars” of the future. I use that term advisedly, of course, knowing the recent history of success of Giants’ minor leaguers up with the Big Club.
Kyle Crick is a name bandied about a lot. (WTF kind of word is “bandied”, anyway?) SF drafted Crick as their 2nd (supplemental) pick in 2011 out of Sherman (TX) High School (about 40 miles north of Dallas) costing them $900K to keep him out of putting his toe into college ball at TCU. 49th pick overall. Kid is a big, strappin’ Texas boy, listed as 6’4”, 225, so he’s going to get more strappin’ as he makes his way along the minors slog. (I like “strappin’ “, except when it goes too far ala Brad Penny). The hope is he’ll turn into more of a strapper along the lines of another Texan, that dude out of Katy who used to pitch for the RSox and doesn’t mind other guys injecting his wife’s ass with B12 or something. If his last name were Krick, then the KK strikeout thing would be a promo natural for Larry Baer, so long as his middle name weren’t Kristian.
While with low A Augusta so far, his success is more based on getting Ks as you might expect at that level. But, he is starting to work on his other pitches, including the changeup. http://tinyurl.com/8qvb4m3 This kid’s a power guy, can bring the heater in the high 90s, so no surprise right now that as a young kid he’s wild and has thrown a lot of walks in between blowing guys away. http://tinyurl.com/9ve69w4 As of August 2, the Prospect Report noted: “Coupled with his latest performance that makes four times in his last nine starts that he’s been one of the best starters in the SAL on the days he’s taken the ball. That’s pretty heady stuff in itself and he had two other 5.0 inning shutout starts that were also outstanding in that stretch. It’s no wonder that Crick’s name came up as a “prospect of interest” in various trade discussions over the last couple weeks and it’s makes a statement that he Giants elected to hang on to their 2011 supplemental round pick. The 19-year old now has a 2.47 ERA with 97 SO in 87.1 IP and while he has walked 6.1 batters per nine, he’s offset that with an outstanding 5.5 H/9. Crick was already considered by some to be a Top-10 prospect in the Giants organization prior to this season and given what he’s done this year, it seems almost a given he will be a unanimous Top-10 guy for San Francisco – maybe even Top-5 – heading into 2013.”
For what it’s worth at this early stage, here’s a link to his numbers. http://tinyurl.com/9oubf88 And, here’s a link to a recent vid supposedly of him in game action. http://tinyurl.com/8lyjldm We should be seeing him next year at San Jose. Is he a RH Wheeler? Or, a Todd van Poppel? Or somewhere in between? Or another Matt Cain? You guys probably have some more dope on him…