Kyle Crick

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Kyle Crick
Kyle Crick on June 26, 2018 (cropped).jpg
Crick with the Pirates in 2018
Pittsburgh Pirates – No. 30
Pitcher
Born: (1992-11-30) November 30, 1992 (age 26)
Fort Worth, Texas
Bats: Left Throws: Right
MLB debut
June 22, 2017, for the San Francisco Giants
MLB statistics
(through April 17, 2019)
Win–loss record3–2
Earned run average2.54
Strikeouts97
Teams

Kyle Daniel Crick (born November 30, 1992) is an American professional baseball pitcher for the Pittsburgh Pirates of Major League Baseball (MLB). He previously played for the San Francisco Giants, for whom he made his MLB debut in 2017.

Career[edit]

High School career[edit]

Crick attended Sherman High School in Sherman, Texas. He played for the school's baseball team as a first baseman and third baseman, and only occasionally as a pitcher. He became a full-time pitcher in his senior year,[1] and he had a 7–2 win–loss record and a 1.11 earned run average (ERA) with 95 strikeouts.[2] Crick committed to attend Texas Christian University (TCU) to play college baseball for the TCU Horned Frogs.[3]

San Francisco Giants[edit]

The San Francisco Giants selected Crick in the first round, with the 49th overall selection, of the 2011 Major League Baseball draft.[4] Citing arm injuries suffered by TCU pitchers, Crick opted to sign with the Giants rather than attend college. He received a $900,000 signing bonus.[3] After signing, he made his professional debut that year with the AZL Giants of the Rookie League Arizona Fall League, going 1–0 with a 6.43 ERA in seven relief innings pitched. Crick pitched to a 7–6 record and 2.51 ERA with 128 strikeouts in ​111 13 innings pitched in 23 games (22 starts) for the Augusta GreenJackets of the Class A South Atlantic League in 2012.[5]

Prior to the 2013 season, Baseball America ranked Crick as the Giants best prospect.[6] He was also ranked as the 86th best prospect in baseball by MLB.com.[7] He pitched for the San Jose Giants of the Class A-Advanced California League in 2013, and was the Giants' lone representative in the All-Star Futures Game.[8] Crick pitched to a 3–1 record and a 1.57 ERA with 95 strikeouts in ​68 23 innings pitched in 14 starts for San Jose. He missed two months of the season with an oblique injury, and was assigned to the Scottsdale Scorpions of the Arizona Fall League to make up for missed innings.[1][9] He earned comparisons to Giants' pitcher Matt Cain.[1]

Before the 2014 season, MLB.com ranked him as the 32nd best prospect in all of baseball, jumping 54 spots from his previous ranking of 89th overall in 2013. He was also ranked by Baseball America as the 33rd best prospect in baseball.[10] Crick pitched for the Richmond Flying Squirrels of the Class AA Eastern League in 2014,[11] compiling a 6–7 record and 3.79 ERA in 23 games (22 starts). Crick returned to Richmond in 2015, and struggled with his control, walking 66 batters in 63 innings pitched. He was removed from the starting rotation and used as a relief pitcher. In 36 games (11 starts) for Richmond, he was 3–4 with a 3.29 ERA and 1.79 WHIP. After the 2015 season, the Giants added Crick to their 40-man roster to protect him from being eligible for selection in the Rule 5 draft.[12]

Crick returned to Richmond in 2016 as a starting pitcher. In 23 starts, he pitched to a 4–11 record and a 5.04 ERA. After a strong performance in spring training in 2017, he was assigned to the Sacramento River Cats of the Class AAA Pacific Coast League to begin the season. As a relief pitcher, he had a 1–2 record and a 2.76 ERA in ​29 13 innings pitched across 24 appearances, with 39 strikeouts.[13]

On June 20, the Giants promoted Crick to the major leagues as a middle reliever.[14] He made his major league debut on June 22.[15] Crick remained with the Giants for the remainder of the season and had a 3.06 ERA in ​32 13 major league innings, striking out 28 and allowing 17 walks.[16]

Pittsburgh Pirates[edit]

On January 15, 2018, the Giants traded Crick, Bryan Reynolds and $500,000 of international bonus slot money to the Pittsburgh Pirates in exchange for Andrew McCutchen and cash considerations.[17] Crick began the 2018 season with the Indianapolis Indians of the Class AAA International League, and was promoted to the Pirates on April 13.[18] Crick spent the entire season pitching out of the bullpen, leading the team in ERA with a 2.39 in 64 games. He struck out 65 batters in ​60 13 innings.

Personal life[edit]

Crick has a fraternal twin named Kevin.[14]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Schulman, Henry (November 9, 2013). "Giants hope Crick is star in the making". SFGate. Retrieved January 16, 2018.
  2. ^ Spinks, Bill. "He made it! SHS alum Crick gets call to bigs – Sports – Herald Democrat – Sherman, TX". Herald Democrat. Retrieved January 16, 2018.
  3. ^ a b "Sherman's Kyle Crick talks about his decision to go pro – KTEN.com – No One Gets You Closer". KTEN.com. July 19, 2011. Retrieved January 16, 2018.
  4. ^ "Giants nab high school righty Crick at No. 49". Sanfrancisco.giants.mlb.com. Retrieved December 1, 2013.
  5. ^ Pavlovic, Alex (May 26, 2017). "Down on the Farm: Crick continues to impress as River Cats' closer | NBCS Bay Area". Nbcsports.com. Retrieved January 16, 2018.
  6. ^ Baggarly, Andy (January 30, 2013). "Baseball America Giants top 2013 prospects". Baseballamerica.com. Retrieved December 1, 2013.
  7. ^ "Giants prospects Crick, Brown on Top 100 list". Sanfrancisco.giants.mlb.com. January 30, 2013. Retrieved December 1, 2013.
  8. ^ Brisbee, Grant (June 26, 2013). "Kyle Crick only Giants representative on Futures Game roster". McCovey Chronicles. Retrieved January 16, 2018.
  9. ^ September 17, 2013 at 12:05 pm (September 17, 2013). "Is San Francisco Giants' farmhand Kyle Crick a second coming of Matt Cain? – The Mercury News". Mercurynews.com. Retrieved January 16, 2018.CS1 maint: Multiple names: authors list (link)
  10. ^ 2014 Baseball America Top 100 Prospects: The 25th Edition/
  11. ^ JOHN O'CONNOR Richmond Times-Dispatch (March 31, 2014). "Giants send top prospect to Squirrels | Sports". richmond.com. Retrieved January 16, 2018.
  12. ^ "Giants pack 40-man roster, protect eight minor league pitchers from Rule 5 draft – Giants Extra". November 20, 2015.
  13. ^ "Kyle Crick Stats, Highlights, Bio - MiLB.com Stats - The Official Site of Minor League Baseball". MiLB.com. Retrieved June 3, 2018.
  14. ^ a b Andrew Baggarly (June 20, 2017). "Giants prospect Kyle Crick breaks through to big leagues". Mercurynews.com. Retrieved January 16, 2018.
  15. ^ Baggarly, Andrew. "Solid debut: Crick shines in first MLB appearance – Sports – Herald Democrat – Sherman, TX". Herald Democrat. Retrieved January 16, 2018.
  16. ^ <<<=theobj.bylinetime>>>. "Meet Kyle Crick and Bryan Reynolds, the Pirates' return for Andrew McCutchen | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette". Post-gazette.com. Retrieved January 16, 2018.
  17. ^ Heneghan, Kelsie (January 15, 2018). "Bucs acquire Reynolds, Crick for McCutchen". milb.com. Retrieved January 15, 2018.
  18. ^ "Kyle Crick, Richard Rodriguez up with Pirates". MLB.com.

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