Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Orange and Black pitching prospects

The Giants front office continues to emphasize the import of pitching. 

Fangraphs has the top 15 SF Giants prospects, topped by pitcher Kyle Crick and two other young pitchers with Gary Brown at the No. 4 spot, followed by reliever Heath Hembree. The only guy who's actually been to The Show is Francisco Peguero at the No. 10 slot. 

Peguero went 3 for 16 (all singles) and stole 3 bases in 2012 

Here's what Frangraphs says about Crick --

Crick has quickly become the Giants’ best prospect after being selected 49th overall during the 2011 draft out of a Texas high school. Crick, 20, has a strong pitcher’s frame and the velocity to match. He struck out 128 batters in 111.1 innings at the A-ball level in 2012.
A scout I spoke with said the right-hander is definitely a potential front-line starter with premium power, as well as a potentially-plus cutter/slider. “He’s a great athlete for a big guy… and you can’t teach that kind of velocity,” he said. “His delivery is pretty easy and the ball really jumps out of his hand… The fastball is on top of them [before they know it].” Crick also a solid downward plane on his pitches, which results in poor contact, and he also has some deception.
On the down side, the scout said Crick tries to be too fine at times and needs to trust his stuff more. “He is really, really hard to hit,” he said.”He tries to make the perfect pitch but he doesn’t need to. His stuff is more than good enough.” Crick should open 2013 in high-A ball but could easily reach double-A by the end of the year and could see the majors by the end of 2014.

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