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Birth Date11-30-1992
Height6' 4"
Weight220 lbs
Age26 years, 9 months, 18 days
WARP Summary

MLB Statistics

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2017 SFN MLB 30 0 32.3 0 0 0 22 17 28 2 6.1 4.7 0.6 7.8 39% .233 1.21 3.92 3.06 107 4.29 91.3 0.3
2018 PIT MLB 64 0 60.3 3 2 2 45 23 65 3 95 6.7 3.4 0.4 9.7 43% .268 1.13 3.10 2.39 100 4.41 98.5 0.4
2019 PIT MLB 52 0 49.0 3 7 0 41 35 61 10 98 7.5 6.4 1.8 11.2 44% .274 1.55 5.91 4.96 106 5.61 114.6 -0.1

Statistics for All Levels

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2011 GIA Rk AZL 7 0 7.0 1 0 0 9 8 8 0 11.6 10.3 0.0 10.3 0% .450 2.43 5.93 6.43 105 7.45 152.1
2012 AUG A SAL 23 22 111.3 7 6 0 75 67 128 1 93 6.1 5.4 0.1 10.3 0% .279 1.28 3.52 2.51 94 3.32 69.2
2013 SJO A+ CAL 14 14 68.7 3 1 0 48 39 95 1 85 6.3 5.1 0.1 12.5 0% .324 1.27 2.93 1.57 73 2.76 59.9
2014 RIC AA EAS 23 22 90.3 6 7 0 78 61 111 7 100 7.8 6.1 0.7 11.1 0% .326 1.54 3.96 3.79 101 4.88 103.3
2015 RIC AA EAS 36 11 63.0 3 4 0 47 66 73 2 90 6.7 9.4 0.3 10.4 0% .292 1.79 4.84 3.29 124 5.49 120.4
2016 RIC AA EAS 23 23 109.0 4 11 0 110 67 86 8 100 9.1 5.5 0.7 7.1 46% .311 1.62 4.85 5.04 116 5.75 126.9
2017 SFN MLB NL 30 0 32.3 0 0 0 22 17 28 2 6.1 4.7 0.6 7.8 39% .233 1.21 3.92 3.06 107 4.29 91.3
2017 SAC AAA PCL 24 0 29.3 1 2 6 24 13 39 1 7.4 4.0 0.3 12.0 45% .329 1.26 2.94 2.76 73 2.41 51.2
2018 PIT MLB NL 64 0 60.3 3 2 2 45 23 65 3 95 6.7 3.4 0.4 9.7 43% .268 1.13 3.10 2.39 100 4.41 98.5
2018 IND AAA INT 3 0 4.0 1 0 1 6 0 5 0 13.5 0.0 0.0 11.3 33% .500 1.50 0.83 2.25 81 5.84 123.6
2019 PIT MLB NL 52 0 49.0 3 7 0 41 35 61 10 98 7.5 6.4 1.8 11.2 44% .274 1.55 5.91 4.96 106 5.61 114.6

Plate Discipline

YEAR Pits Zone% Swing% Contact% Z-Swing% O-Swing% Z-Contact% O-Contact% SwStr%
2017 604 0.4884 0.4851 0.7509 0.7119 0.2686 0.8000 0.6265 0.2491
2018 1046 0.4962 0.4618 0.7267 0.6204 0.3055 0.7950 0.5901 0.2733
2019 933 0.4812 0.4512 0.7055 0.6147 0.2996 0.7609 0.6000 0.2945

Injury History  —  No longer being updated

Last Update: 12/31/2014 23:59 ET

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2014-08-18 2014-09-02 Minors 15 0 - Not Disclosed -
2013-04-19 2013-06-21 Minors 63 0 - Abdomen Strain Oblique - -


Year Team Salary
2019 PIT $581,500
2018 PIT $
2017 SFN $
2016 SFN $
1 yrTotal$581,500


Service TimeAgentContract Status
1 y 103 dBBI Sports Group1 year/$581,500 (2019)

  • 1 year/$581,500 (2019). Re-signed by Pittsburgh 3/19.
  • 1 year (2018). Acquired by Pittsburgh in trade from San Francisco 1/15/18. Re-signed by Pittsburgh 3/18.
  • 1 year (2017). Re-signed by San Francisco 3/17.
  • 1 year (2016). Contract selected by San Francisco 11/20/15. Re-signed by San Francisco 3/16.
  • Drafted by San Francisco 2011 (1s-49) (Sherman HS, Texas). $0.9M signing bonus.

2019 Preseason Forecast

Last Update: 1/27/2017 12:35 ET

90o 3.8 3 0.4 43 7 69.3 51 29 73 6 .258 1.15 3.11 3.41 9.5 1.0
80o 3.4 2.8 0.4 39 7 63.2 50 28 67 6 .272 1.24 3.49 3.83 5.8 0.6
70o 3.1 2.7 0.3 37 6 59.0 50 28 62 6 .282 1.31 3.77 4.14 3.5 0.4
60o 2.8 2.6 0.3 34 6 55.5 49 27 59 6 .291 1.37 4.02 4.41 1.7 0.2
50o 2.6 2.4 0.3 32 6 52.2 48 27 55 6 .300 1.42 4.25 4.67 0.2 0.0
40o 2.4 2.3 0.2 30 5 49.1 47 26 52 6 .308 1.48 4.48 4.93 -1.2 -0.1
30o 2.2 2.2 0.2 28 5 45.8 45 25 48 6 .317 1.55 4.74 5.21 -2.5 -0.3
20o 2 2.1 0.2 26 5 42.0 44 24 44 5 .328 1.63 5.04 5.55 -3.8 -0.4
10o 1.6 1.9 0.1 23 4 36.9 41 23 39 5 .343 1.74 5.48 6.03 -5.2 -0.6
Weighted Mean2.62.40.332651.74726556.2981.414.224.630.40.0

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2015-12-15 14:00:00 (link to chat)Stick a fork in Kyle Crick? He done, even as an RP?
(Steve from Seattle)
Hey, speaking of criticism, this was the most "controversial" ranking we had so far. That command is terrible. Terrible. But man the stuff, I can't give up on that stuff. (Christopher Crawford)
2015-07-28 18:00:00 (link to chat)Clayton Blackburn ... what kind of ceiling does he have at this point? And does Kyle Crick ever seem like he's going to find his control? Even in the pen, there hasn't been much improvement.
(delatopia from the 415)
Blackburn's still a likely 4 starter if it all breaks well. There's just not a lot there stuff wise. I hate to say it but I can't ever see Kyle Crick throwing strikes consistently. (Mauricio Rubio)
2015-01-20 19:30:00 (link to chat)Hey Ben, who do have as some of your favorite "to keep an eye on" prospects for 2015?
(kiper90 from Rochester, NY)
This is all over the place, but some guys who's values could fluctuate wildly from a fantasy POV for me are: Trey Ball, Chelsor Cuthbert, Casey Kelly, Tyler Austin, Tyrell Jenkins, Colin Moran, Kyle Crick, Matt Olson, Kyle Zimmer, Rymer Liriano, Gary Sanchez and Alen Hanson. All over the place, I know, but I feel like a lot of those guys are gonna go one of two ways. (Ben Carsley)
2015-01-05 15:00:00 (link to chat)Ignoring control and command, who has the best raw stuff in the minors? I would guess Lucas Giolito, but after seeing Kyle Crick has 4 potential plus pitches, he has to be close to the top, no?
(The Dude from Office)
I guess if we just ignore command and control then yes, Crick is in Giolito's class, but that's like saying I'd basically be Mike Trout if only I had more talent. Sure, Crick's arm is lightening, but there's a huge gap between where he is right now and where he'll need to be in order to be a starter. His control is getting worse and he can't even stay in the game long enough to throw 100 innings in a season because of how many pitches he throws. (Jeff Moore)
2014-11-24 13:00:00 (link to chat)What do you think was the most interesting internal debate you guys had for the NL Central lists (Ranking someone 1 vs. 2, On the Rise vs. left off Top 10, etc.)?
(Shawnykid23 from CT)
There is always lots of great debate -- way to many to list. A few that jump to mind (both published list and those still to come) are Almora vs Soler, Josh Bell's ultimate positioning on the Pirates list, Michael Taylor vs AJ Cole, Brandon Drury's placement in the 'Zona list, Kyle Crick vs. Tyler Beede vs. Steve Okert (was more of a comparative exercise than straight rankings debate)...

It's a daily joy to kind around evaluative approaches and argue the merits of certain player profiles in the abstract and on a specific player to player basis -- by far my favorite aspect of being involved with BP. (NL Central Top 10s With Nick Faleris)
2014-11-12 13:00:00 (link to chat)Ben Zobrist for Kyle Crick?
(drmorris75 from SF)
That needs a few more digits on the right-hand side. (Sam Miller)
2014-10-09 15:00:00 (link to chat)Has Kyle Crick finally turned himself into a relief pitcher with his lack of progress on command ?
(Brett from Tampa)
I wouldn't say 'finally' I had him as a reliever going into this season. He may be a back end of the bullpen type though, which wouldn't be a total waste of his FB. (Jordan Gorosh)
2014-07-01 13:00:00 (link to chat)Robert Stephenson is missing a lot of bats, but the walks are a bit concerning. Thoughts on him projecting well in MLB?
(Nordub from Seattle)
Stephenson is an electric arm that has a bit of rawness to him. While some like his approach to pitching, I believe he can benefit from dialing it down just a tad to find a bit more command. I saw him twice last year and it was clear that he was the pitcher with the highest upside in the Cal League I would see that season (also saw Kyle Crick and Eddie Butler). But, he's 21 in Double-A. I think he'll be fine for now as long as he continues to find consistency with the breaking ball and change. #3 starter with a #2 starters upside is what I had on him last year and I'm sticking with that. (Chris Rodriguez)
2014-06-03 14:00:00 (link to chat)Have you seen Kyle Crick this year? Why is he walking almost one batter per inning? Future reliever for sure, right?
(Chris from Basement in CA)
Not in my area, but I saw him last season. Concerns as to whether he can throw strikes is legit, and I didn't see a strong feel for the changeup. Does look like his future will be as a weapon in the bullpen. (Ron Shah)
2014-05-05 13:00:00 (link to chat)Regarding Kyle Crick, as a high-leverage reliever, how long would it take for him to make the majors?
(Bob from LA)
It's way too soon for that. I don't see Crick improving his command enough to remain a starter, but it could happen. Even if it doesn't, he's still a far way off from being a major leaguer. He's walking over a batter per inning. Is that a guy you want in high leverage situations? (Jeff Moore)
2014-04-15 13:00:00 (link to chat)When do you suspect Kyle Crick to be with his big league club?
(Ben from Racine, WI)
If they want him to remain in the rotation, that time may not come until 2015. There's still some work to do with the control/command profile, and that may take some time to sort out. If they succumb to the idea of putting him in the bullpen where he could be completely filthy, then it could happen later this year. I'm anxious to see him in Double-A this summer. (Mark Anderson)
2014-04-08 14:00:00 (link to chat)Pitchers like Kyle Crick and Tyler Glasnow have big fastballs but shaky command. Do you prefer to see swing and miss stuff or good control for young pitchers? Which is easier to develop?
(D-Mo from Houston)
Command is easier to build and hone, but velocity and break are tougher to teach, which is why they carry the discussion on draft day and in prospect land. I also prefer the pitcher with present stuff but little control, because that is a pitcher with a much higher ceiling even if they have a greater distance to reach it. You need some good-command pitchers in your rotation and fastball command is the top priority for most minor-league pitchers - the quality of their stuff will likely determine whether their future is at the front or the back of a big-league rotation (or in the bullpen). So command-now guys are the high floor yet low ceiling types, and the stuff-now guys have the huge gap between present and future potential. The coach and scout in me both say to take the stuff guy first and mold their command over time.

On the jukebox: Drist, "Stripped" (Doug Thorburn)
2014-03-21 14:00:00 (link to chat)do you think Kyle Crick and Jessie Biddle are destined for late-innings relief, or whats the odds on them being fixtures in rotations?
(DB from da burgh)
I've seen Crick, but it sounds like his stuff improved after I saw him. I thought his changeup lacked immensely, but heard it improved late in the season as well as his fastball velocity. If he can get that changeup working consistently, he can start. (Ronit Shah)
2014-01-27 13:00:00 (link to chat)Kyle Crick, closer or starter in the long run?
(Amin from Bay Area)
Gut says closer. (Jason Parks on the Top 101 Prospects)
2014-02-18 14:00:00 (link to chat)Thanks for the chat. When ranking a pitching prospect does the players organization play any part of the ranking level? i.e. Kyle Crick being in the SF org vs say the Brewers or Jays who have had less success developing pitchers. The same for a pitcher with the Braves or Cardinals.
(Astroke from Toronto)
Great question. I don't consciously do it, but I think it's always in the mind when you're talking about a pitcher reaching his ceiling versus underachieving given the talent. (Ronit Shah)
2014-01-06 13:00:00 (link to chat)Most under and overrated top 50 prospects?
(JJ from MPLS)
Overrated: Kyle Crick. Million dollar arm, ten-cent control. Of course, when he starts throwing strikes I'm going to look like a fool. I actually hope that happens. I want all prospects to reach their ceilings. Even Mets prospects.

Underrated: As I said before, I love Marcus Stroman. I think he sticks as a starter and dominates. I also love small starters and pitchers who rock single-digit numbers. #want (Jeff Moore)
2013-09-04 13:00:00 (link to chat)Is Kyle Crick a top 20 arm in the minors?
(The Dude from Office)
Yes. But I'm not sold he's a starter. I keep hearing (from sources I really trust) that he profiles best as an elite closer. Obviously, its too early to put him in that box. But I keep hearing closer. (Jason Parks)
2013-08-14 13:00:00 (link to chat)Thoughts on Kyle Crick? Does he have #2-3 potential? Are the Matt Cain comparisons legit or is it just because they are in same system.
(Shawnykid23 from CT)
Just because they're in the same system. Crick does have that kind of potential, but they're really not all that similar as pitchers. Reminds me of how every Braves LHP prospect was compared to Tom Glavine for awhile. (Jason Cole)
2013-07-25 13:00:00 (link to chat)Kyle Crick. Is he a beast in the making? Does he have ace stuff?
(Justin from Cali)
No such thing as an ace in the minors. Aces are created at the major league level through production and consistency. Crick has very good stuff, the kind of stuff you can dream frontline dreams about, but until he produces at the highest level, that distinction will escape him. I see a possible #2 or elite closer. The stuff is legit. (Jason Parks)
2013-06-25 13:00:00 (link to chat)Jason, After seeing you rank Julio Urias at 41, I'm going to prescribe you some pills to treat your extreme case of Shiny New Toy Syndrome. Urias has been impressive in a small sample size in LoA, but last year Kyle Crick was arguably more impressive over a full season in LoA, with a higher K/9 and not giving up a single earned run in June. I know Urias is just 16, but it's almost as if Crick (and other US teenagers) are being penalized for being born in the US and therefore not eligible to succeed as early as some of their international counterparts. Also, the pills have been know to treat syphilis too, in case that means anything to you.
(Your Doctor from NY)
I'm not interested in the debate over LA signees and Rule 4 signees. Urias is on the list because his talent puts him on the list. I'm not some blogger using Google to compare players. I talk to people in the game, and if the reports on Urias weren't legit, I wouldn't have ranked him where I did. He's a 16-year-old 6'1'' lefty who is missing more than a bat an inning at the full-season level. If you don't think that's a legit prospect, you might need to invest in some pills of your own. (Jason Parks on the Midseason Top 50 Prospects)
2013-06-04 13:00:00 (link to chat)Any updates on Kyle Crick's injury? Thanks for the chat!
(Henry from San Francisco)
I don't have any updates right now, unfortunately. Obliques are HUGE jerks, though. (Paul Sporer)
2013-05-30 13:30:00 (link to chat)What's the latest on Kyle Crick?
(Michael from SF)
The last I heard the oblique injury was still plaguing him, but it shoudln't be anything to be worried about long term. (Mark Anderson)
2013-05-10 14:00:00 (link to chat)Doug, Do you think control can be taught to extremely wild pitchers such as Kyle Crick or Tyler Glasnow to can get their BB/9 down to under 3 per 9 or do you just hope they keeps it under 5 per 9 and remain very unhittable ? I don't see much success for them as they climb the ladder with high BB/9 stats.
(Corky from Denver)
Pitch command can be taught to anyone, but the question is whether the pitcher can make the physical adjustments necessary for the lessons to sink in. I'm not just talking about mechanics, but also the conditioning necessary to get into ideal baseball shape. A pitcher who is imbalanced, mechanically or strength-wise, will constantly struggle with pitch repetition. A pitcher needs to have elite raw stuff in order to survive with a walk rate over 4 per 9. (Doug Thorburn)
2013-04-04 11:00:00 (link to chat)Does Kyle Crick make a big leap in the rankings this year? What do you think his ceiling is and ETA?
(Steve from IL)
He does. Big power arm. Could end up as an elite closer, but I think he has the good to start. Command needs to take a big step forward. I'd say number two starter is possible if everything comes together. (Jason Parks)
2013-02-25 11:00:00 (link to chat)Kyle Crick have the stuff to thrive in highA and be a candidate to really surge up the ranks in 2014?
(Saintly Steven from Puerto Rico)
Yes. Might end up a closer in the end, but I really like the arm. Top prospect in Giants system. (Jason Parks on the Top 101 Prospects)
2013-02-15 12:00:00 (link to chat)Thoughts on the following pitchers. Cody Buckel, Robbie Erlin, Kyle Crick and John Lamb
(CraigR from DC)
Big Robbie Erlin fan - check out piece Bernie Pleskoff wrote on him . Like Buckel, Crick bears watching as he makes jump to advanced levels, while Lamb is a watch and see from a far. (Jason Collette)
2013-02-05 13:00:00 (link to chat)Any predictions about which outside-the-top-50-or-so prospects might be top-10 prospects in 2014? In other words, who should I draft this year who will make me look really smart next year?
(Dennis from WI)
Adalberto Mondesi has a chance to take another big prospect step forward; Kyle Crick could take a step and become a serious dude. (Jason Parks)
2013-02-05 13:00:00 (link to chat)Who would you rather have in your theoretical farm system. Luis Heredia or Kyle Crick?
(Asking For A Friend from Chicago)
Heredia (Jason Parks)
2013-01-31 13:00:00 (link to chat)Hey Mr.Levine,can you put thes guys in order??Jose Fernandez...Salvador Perez...Albert Almora..Jorge Solar...Kyle Zimmer...Noah Syndergaaud...Allen Webster...Alen Hanson...Gregory Palanco..Aaron Sanchez...Andrew Heaney...Kevin Gausman..Addison Russell....Kyle Crick...Sean Manaea...Clint Frazier...Ryne Stanek... Thanks John
(John from Boston)
I sort of feel like this is a riddle to see if I can figure out what this list even is. What is this list? I'll go with Salvador (Sal(vy)) Perez and then the rest just for the present. (Zachary Levine)
2013-01-16 13:30:00 (link to chat)Which pitcher will make a bigger impact in the majors: Kyle Crick or Clayton Blackburn? Seems that consensus is Crick has higher ceiling, but Blackburn is blowing projections out of the water with his advanced command and control...?
(Kai from SLO)
Blackburn has really excelled in the minor leagues and he looks like a good bet to contribute at the back of a Major League rotation. That said, if Crick continues to develop and approaches his potential, he has a chance to blow past Blackburn and max out as a number two or three starter. (Mark Anderson)
2013-01-02 13:00:00 (link to chat)What are your thoughts on Kyle Crick? SF has a knack for developing top arms, is he next?
(Joe from Seattle)
I had the honor of writing up Crick recently for BP and, yes, I think he's an excellent candidate to take a big step forward. Could be a true front-end arm when all is said and done. (Nick Faleris)
2013-01-02 13:00:00 (link to chat)Do you have a sleeper prospect or two who is not on many radars that you think could make a big jump this season?
(Jay from Madison)
I really like Josh Elander, Braves 6th Rounder from last June, as a potential everyday bat with a chance to stick at catcher. I also really liked the hit tool on Nathan Mikolas (Yankees 4th Round), though he has received mixed reviews from pro scouts. Cold weather kid that will take some reps, but could be a nice little bat. Those are deeper guys. Fringe-sleeper, how about Nick Williams (Texas) and Kyle Crick (Giants). Do they count? Give me the Aviles (Indians), Norris (Blue Jays), Howard (Indians) trifecta for "bounceback" lotto tickets. (Nick Faleris)
2012-12-13 13:00:00 (link to chat)Thoughts on Kyle Crick? Is he a top-100 guy?
(Jivas from formerly Chicago)
Yes. I really like the arm. Nice projection and improving now stuff. (Jason Parks)
2012-11-13 13:00:00 (link to chat)What are your thoughts on Clayton Blackburn and Kyle Crick?
(sykklone from iowa)
Looking at the Giants' farm system, those two seem to be the only established prospects with much upside, sykklone, so I have high hopes for both. The Giants have a strong track record of developing power arms, so I trust them to do that with Crick, though his walk rates in the low minors are a bit worrisome. Blackburn seems like a high-probability mid-rotation pitcher, whose command and control will be enhanced by AT&T Park. I'd love to see both of them slide in behind Cain and Bumgarner within a few years, though I highly doubt either will be ready when the back of the rotation opens up after 2013. (Daniel Rathman)
2012-10-23 13:00:00 (link to chat)Clayton Blackburn or Kyle Crick?
(sykklone from IA)
Blackburn (Jason Parks)
2012-06-26 13:00:00 (link to chat)How about top 2 or 3 pitchers in Giants system with the best shot of cracking a starting rotation?
(Traylude from Nebraska)
Kyle Crick for sure. I suspect Eric Surkamp will be back at some point, although I'm not very high on him. Osich maybe? Not a lot of depth in the system at the moment. (Ian Miller)

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