Monday, February 18, 2013

Kyle Crick is No. 1

At least he is according to Chris Quick at Bay City Ball. Chris has a nice post from a week ago about the top 5 Giants prospects. Gary Brown is number 2. 

Here's Chris's take on Crick, who's all of 20 -- If you were to construct a pitcher in a lab, he might look an awful lot like Kyle Crick, who possesses both the characteristic build of a power pitcher with the stuff to match. Crick showcases some of the best pure stuff in the Giants’ system — he throws a fastball in the mid-90s, and has been clocked at 99, and his hard-breaking curveball was rated best in the SAL. Crick used his combination of size, strength, and stuff to overpower hitters in his first full season of pro ball. His strikeout percentage (27.1) led the SAL among starters (100 IP). Like a lot of developing power pitchers, Crick’s command, or lack of, is his biggest drawback — his walk percentage (14.1) was the worst among starters in the SAL. He offers true front-line starter potential. And, you guessed it, he should start 2013 in San Jose’s rotation.

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