Friday, January 30, 2015

Kyle Crick in the Orange and Black

With the Giants having an uncertain rotation after Bumgarner -- Cain, Peavy, Lincecum, Petit, Hudson and Vogelsong - Kyle Crick has a real shot at hitting the big time this year.

Chris Haft of mlb.com points out that Crick is no. 79 on the MLB list of top 100 prospects. He spent the year in double A.

Here's part --

Crick is ranked No. 79 overall, down from 32nd a year ago. His 6-7 record with a 3.79 ERA in 23 games (22 starts) for San Francisco's Double-A Richmond affiliate last year did not connote greatness.
But when Crick throws his fastball, which regularly travels between 95-97 mph, expectations rise.
"He started out pretty rough, really struggling to command the ball," Bradley said, explaining the right-hander's uneven 2014 campaign. "In the second half of the season, he started pitching shorter stints and his curveball got better, his changeup got better and his command overall got better, for the most part."
As is the case with most developing pitchers, Crick must become able to repeat his pitching motion, which is the source of all consistency.
"He has to mature a little bit," Bradley said. "He still thinks that when he gets in trouble, he has to throw harder. He has to learn not to change the tempo of his delivery."
San Francisco's "sandwich" pick (49th overall) in the 2011 First-Year Player Draft, Crick immediately was regarded as a prime candidate to continue the lineage of homegrown starters who have excelled for the Giants, most notably Lincecum, Matt Cain and Madison Bumgarner. Among those who maintained this belief was Crick, which impeded his progress.

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