Future star-studded ace pitcher Kyle Crick has earned a trip to spring training in 2014 where he will showcase his swing-and-miss stuff for the San Francisco Giants. Crick is one of 16 minor league pitchers to be invited to Giants’ camp, and at just 21-years-old, he has a bright future.
The hard-throwing right-handed hurler owns a 2.31 ERA in three professional seasons. He was impressive last season, averaging 12.5 strikeouts per nine innings in 44 games at the minor league level. Crick figures to begin the regular season with the Giants’ double-A affiliate in Richmond. He could ascend to the triple-A ranks at some point mid-season, though. The Giants won’t rush Crick’s development, but their top ranked prospect is good enough to compete for a rotation spot in 2015.
Crick features strikeout stuff, registering 95 Ks in 68.2 innings of work at high class-A in 2013, but sometimes struggles with his control. He hit 12 batters and also threw 13 wild pitches in his first full season as a pro in 2012. His strikeout-to-walk ratio has improved on a season-to-season basis, signifying steady advancement in his control. Crick will have his chance to impress Giants’ coaches this spring, and he is on track to become a big league pitcher at some point in the foreseeable future.
Other players to watch on the Giants’ list of non-roster invitees include 22-year-old reliever Derek Law, who is touted as a mechanically awkward pitcher that features filthy stuff. Law registered a microscopic 0.818 WHIP in 25.2 innings of work at high class-A last season. Former pro scout Bernie Pleskoff of MLB.com asserts that Law is good enough to become a future force in the Giants’ bullpen.
Law mixes a variety of pitches to keep hitters off balance and uses unconventional mechanics on the mound to confuse opposing lineups. A strong performance this spring could land him on the Giants’ triple-A roster in Fresno.
The Giants figure to have one available bullpen spot open this spring. Players that have big league experience on the non-roster invitee list include Dan Runzler, J.C. Gutierrez and Sandy Rosario. All three pitchers would supply the Giants with depth in the middle innings.
Rosario has enjoyed the most success of the bunch, recording a 3.02 ERA with 24 strikeouts in 43 games for the Giants last season. Rosario often flirts with danger, though, giving up 8.2 hits per nine innings pitched. Manager Bruce Bochy would surely like to solidify the ‘pen with a less dicey pitcher, but his options seem limited.
The following list includes all non-roster invitees that will be in camp this spring for the Giants:
Adam Reifer (RHP), Brett Bochy (RHP), Chris Heston (RHP), Clayton Blackburn (RHP), Runzler (LHP), Law (RHP), Gutierrez (RHP), Jason Berken (RHP), Jose Casilla (RHP), Kameron Loe (RHP), Crick (RHP), Mason Tobin (RHP), Mitch Lively (RHP), Rafael Dolis (RHP), Rosario (RHP), Tyson Blach (LHP)
Andrew Susac, Ben Turner, Jeff Arnold, Guillermo Quiroz
Brandon Hicks, Chris Dominguez, Joe Panik, Mark Minicozzi
Javier Herrera, Mac Williamson