Body could be high maintenance; wide hips; broad shoulders; thick legs; build appears to be soft; arm is lightning quick; standard 3/4 slot; showed ability to create good angle; arm action was fine; high leg lift with chest high frontside arm swing; good stride length; struggled to finish delivery and stay over the ball; would fly open and spin off to 1b side in follow-through; tendency to miss in the same spot (arm-side and up) throughout the start; quick release; 1.1-1.3 with runners on; strong competitor; battled even when command was poor.
Richmond Flying Squirrels (AA, Giants)
50; setup reliever
Raw velo suggests potential plus-plus offering; sat comfortably in the 94-97 range through entire start; worked 96-98 in final inning of work; velo is legit; command is well below-average; struggles to finish delivery and releases high and arm side; struggled to work down with the fastball; pitch lacked movement; firm and flat above the belt; plus pitch at present on the merits of the near elite velocity but overall grade is pulled down by 30 grade command and fringe movement. Should be dominating pitch but it plays down.
Snapped off his first sexy slider in the 5th; preceding offerings missed glove-side and lacked bite; at its best, showed power curve movement with good vertical snap; lacked big tilt but showed above-average potential because of the late vertical drop and ability to play off fastball; inconsistent in this start and was not a true wipeout pitch.
Small sample; too firm and flat in the upper-80s; wasn't turning it over; worked up and lost action; more deliberate in the delivery on CH; more 1B-side fall-off; didn't show much feel for the pitch in the start; dropped one that flashed above-average; hard to project plus pitch given his struggles to finish in the delivery and encourage arm-side/sinking action.
Short cutter; small sample; one finished over the plate at 88 resulting in a single; the rest missed glove-side; was hard to tell if cutting action was deliberately induced or if extension was cut in the delivery; could be effective pitch given velocity and glove-side wiggle.
Crick lacks the consistency to profile as a frontline starter or frontline closer; could develop into high-octane setup type; fastball is velocity monster in the plus-plus range and could reach elite levels in bursts; pitch plays down because of well below-average command and minimal movement; tendency to miss up and arm-side which limits angle and movement; dropped a few quality sliders that flashed above-average; did not show a wipeout slider in the start; changeup was too firm and flat; deliberate in the delivery with more 1B-side fall off; was a very fastball heavy outing; unusual to witness a pitcher holding 95-98 velocity and come away unimpressed and not confident putting an impact projection on the profile. Crick is a reliever for me; closer profile is possible with improved command and development of a wipeout breaking ball; more comfortable with 8th inning projection based on look.