MLB Names Giants Top Prospects

By Ashley Varela

Earlier today, The Chronicle’s John Shea relayed a couple of familiar names from MLB’s 100 Top Prospects List:

Kyle Crick is a 20-year-old right-handed starter in the Giants’ Single-A club. He has just two years of experience under his belt after debuting with the rookie-level AZL Giants in 2011, putting up a 6.43 ERA in 7 relief appearances and 7 IP. Last season, he made 22 starts in Augusta, trimming his ERA to 2.51 over 111.1 IP and allowing just a single home run to 473 BF.

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From last year’s scouting report by Baseball Prospect Nation: “Will finish the 2012 season with Low-A Augusta and should head to High-A in 2013. The Giants rarely rush young power arms and he likely won’t see Double-A until 2014. If everything goes smoothly, he’s on the radar for the big leagues in 2015 and could be a rotation stalwart in 2016 and beyond.”

2012 Top 100 Prospects rating: #85

Gary Brown is a bit more familiar to Giants fans. He’s weathered three seasons with the Giants’ farm system so far, and at 23 years old, has made a name for himself as the Double-A center fielder in 2012. He compiled a .279/.347/.385 slash line over 134 games and 610 PA with the Richmond Flying Squirrels, with 41 XBH, 42 RBI, and a .731 OPS.

From MLB’s report: “Brown’s best tool is his plus speed, which allows him to be a terrific center fielder as well as a major basestealing threat, though he needs to learn to be more efficient on the basepaths. He has an understanding that his job is to be a catalyst at the top of the lineup, one who can get on base and let his speed work for him.”

2012 Top 100 Prospects rating: #79