Each week, “Cow Tipping” will feature a San Francisco Giants’ prospect from one of our farm teams.
The Richmond Flying Squirrels’ Right Handed Pitcher, Kyle Crick, was named the Number 32 Prospect entering into the 2014 season. He currently sits as the San Francisco Giants’ Number 1 Prospect. Born in Fort Worth, TX, he was drafted by the Giants in the 1st Round of the 2011 MLB Amateur Draft straight out of Sherman High School in Sherman, TX.
That’s quite a mouthful and a brilliant beginning for a kid who turned 21 in November of last year.
After the Giants drafted him in 2011, Crick began playing in the Arizona League. He played 7 games that season, and did not start any of those games. His record was 1 win and 0 losses with an ERA of 6.43. However in the Arizona League, the kids play to get their feet wet, without concentrating too much on stats. The following season, he started 22 games with the Augusta Green Jackets, and improved his ERA to 2.51.
Crick was out for 2 months last season with a strained oblique, which sidelined him for a while. However, he seemed to pick it up and ended the season with a 3-1 record with the San Jose Giants and a 1.57 ERA. This year, he has a 3.23 ERA with the Richmond Flying Squirrels, having started 16 games, with a record so far of 6-4.
Overall, Crick has a 2.56 ERA, having played 256.2 innings, and a 17-11 record. He’s faced 1093 batters and only allowed 7 homeruns, with 312 strike-outs. Not too shabby for a kid who only has 4 seasons under his belt.
He throws a mean fastball, which has been clocked at 98 MPH, and a breaking ball that will keep announcer John Laaser busy saying “a swing and a miss!” If Kyle Crick keeps this up, he may be taking center stage at AT&T Park within the next year or two. Stay tuned!