The San Francisco Giants made a bit of an unexpected move on Tuesday by calling up Kyle Crick and optioning Derek Law to Triple-A, according to Andrew Baggerly of The Mercury News.
The news comes after Law’s worst outing of the year. He gave up 4 runs on 5 hits and a walk without recording an out against the Braves on Monday.
Law was one of the Giants most reliable relievers to start the season with a 3.09 ERA through the first two months. He even converted 4 save opportunities with Mark Melancon injured.
But he’s been terrible in June giving up 10 runs on 15 hits in just 6.2 innings pitched.
The San Francisco Giants have been desperate to find any kind of consistency out of the bullpen.
They are hoping former top prospect Kyle Crick will provide that consistency.
Crick was once a top 50 prospect in all of baseball, but after six-plus seasons in the minors, this will be his first taste of the big leagues.
He was still working to be a starting pitcher last year, but after posting a 5.94 ERA in 23 starts at Double-A he was moved to the bullpen in 2017.
He’s been terrific at Triple-A this year with a 2.76 ERA in 29.1 innings with 39 strikeouts.
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The San Francisco Giants are hoping that the former first round draft pick has found his calling in the bullpen.
As for Law, I think there is still a bright future for the 26 year old. I don’t think this is a sign that the San Francisco Giants have given up on him. Rather, I think they are hoping he can regain his form at the minor league level.
That’s not typically something you see with a struggling relief pitcher, but the San Francisco Giants are desperate.
Even after all of the struggles from the bullpen last year, it’s looking just as bad in 2017.
I like this move for the San Francisco Giants. It’s a chance to see if Crick’s success in the minors translates to the majors. And it gives one of your best bullpen pieces a chance to reset.