Baseball America released their 2014 Top 100 Prospects list today and it includes two pitchers in the San Francisco Giants farm system – Kyle Crick (RHP) and Edwin Escobar (LHP). The list is celebrating its 25th year.
Number 33 on the list is Kyle Crick. He’s a right-handed pitcher, age 21, who spent last season with the Single A San Jose Giants. He pitched in 14 games with a 3-1 record, 1.57 ERA, and threw 68.2 innings. He gave up 1 home run. Baseball America predicts he’ll be big league ready by 2015, however, keep an eye out for him at Spring Training over the next month.
Crick was also included on MLB.com’s Top 100 Prospect list, ranked #32.
Listen to the Ninja. Giants pitching guru Dick Tidrow has a great track record of shepherding power arms to San Francisco, and with a little polish Crick shouldn’t be too far away.
Number 56 on the list is Edwin Escobar. He’s a left-handed pitcher, also age 21, who spent last season with the Single A San Jose Giants and the Double A Richmond Flying Squirrels. He pitched 16 games in San Jose with a 3-4 record, 2.89 ERA, and threw 74.2 innings, giving up 3 home runs. In Richmond, he pitched in 10 games with a 5-4 record, 2.67 ERA, and threw 54 innings, giving up 2 home runs. Baseball America predicts he’ll be big league ready by 2015, but I’d expect to see him before Crick, despite the lower ranking on the list. He’s also at Spring Training this year, so keep an eye on him, too.
Escobar was included on the MLB.com’s Top 100 Prospect list, ranked #95.
Escobar followed a breakout season with a strong winter in Venezuela. Maintaining his higher arm slot and the improved breaking ball that came with it will move him up the ladder.
Again, both of these guys are pitching in Scottsdale during the spring, so keep a close eye on their progress.