With Spring Training knocking on the door, it’s time to start diving into the San Francisco Giants top prospects. They get the bulk of the playing time down in Arizona, so why not shed some light on them?
Baseball America has recently released their top ten Giants prospects of 2013, and we’ll cover them all in the next few weeks. Right now I want to start by breaking down their No. 1 prospect, Kyle Crick.
Crick was the 49th overall pick in the 2011 draft, and was drafted right out of high school. He primarily played first base in high school, but wasn’t drafted for his glove or bat. It was his arm that caught the scout’s attention.
Crick is now a starting pitcher and throws mid-90′s. He’s even hit 99 MPH on the radar gun. He’s often compared to Matt Cain by the Giants organization. When Crick establishes himself as a major leaguer, look for him to be a front of the rotation kind of guy, likely a number two starter. He was ranked number eight in the Giants 2012 prospects, and has leapfrogged himself all the way to the No. 1 prospect in the Giants organization for 2013.
Crick went 7-6 with a 2.51 ERA in 23 games for the Augusta GreenJackets (Low Class A). This year, he should start the season with the San Jose Giants. Which, is the Giants High Class A farm team. With Tim Lincecum in his final year before free agency, and Barry Zito‘s 2014 option likely to be bought out. I would say, Crick will probably be on the fast track to San Francisco.