By: Shane Miller
Crick was drafted 49th overall by the San Francisco Giants in 2011. In 2012 the right-handed pitcher went 7-6 with a 2.51 ERA and 128 strikeouts in 111 innings pitched.
This young arm has a great build at 6'4 and 220 pounds, he has a work horse type body. He throws four pitches, a fastball, curve-ball, slider and change-up. The fastball is easily his best pitch, although he is still learning to command it. His curve and slider are both effective but his slider is the better of the two. His delivery shows good pace and he stays consistent to repeat it every time.
The 20-year-old is still very raw and needs time in the minors to improve his secondary pitches. Crick needs to be able to command his pitches more consistently to avoid having a high walk rate as in 2012. Other then this, Crick has the potential to be a high end number two starter with strikeout stuff.
The Giants are unlikely to rush the power right-hander through the system. I wouldn't expect to see Crick in the big leagues until at least 2015. I liken Crick a lot to current Giants number one starter Matt Cain. I expect Crick to really explode onto the scene this year winning at the very least 17 games maintaining a sub 2.50 ERA striking out 150 batters and being able to command his pitches better and walking only 35 batters.
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