Kyle Crick
Kyle Crick on June 26, 2018 (cropped).jpg
Crick with the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2018
Chicago White Sox – No. 59
Pitcher
Born: (1992-11-30) November 30, 1992 (age 29)
Fort Worth, Texas
Bats: Left
Throws: Right
MLB debut
June 22, 2017, for the San Francisco Giants
MLB statistics
(through June 13, 2022)
Win–loss record9–11
Earned run average3.56
Strikeouts201
Teams

Kyle Daniel Crick (born November 30, 1992) is an American professional baseball pitcher for the Chicago White Sox of Major League Baseball (MLB). He previously played in MLB for the San Francisco Giants and Pittsburgh Pirates.

Career

High School career

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

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

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 Triple-A 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 ERA in 64 games. He struck out 65 batters in 60+13 innings. Crick posted a 4.96 ERA in 52 appearances for the Pirates in 2019. On September 10, Crick and teammate Felipe Vázquez got into a clubhouse fight. Crick broke his finger, requiring season-ending surgery on the tendon.[19]

Crick began the 2020 season on the injured list due to a right shoulder strain and was activated on August 29, 2020.[20] On September 14, Crick was placed back on the injured list due to a lat strain and missed the rest of the season.[21] In 2020 for the Pirates, Crick registered a 1.59 ERA with 7 strikeouts in 5.2 innings pitched.[22] In 2021, Crick recorded a 4.44 ERA in 27 appearances with Pittsburgh. He was designated for assignment by the Pirates on July 19, 2021, following the acquisition of Dillon Peters.[23] On July 24, Crick was released by the Pirates.[24]

Chicago White Sox

On July 30, 2021, Crick signed a minor league deal with the Chicago White Sox.[25] The White Sox assigned him to the Triple-A Charlotte Knights.[26] Crick made 8 appearances for Charlotte, Crick went 2-0 with an 0.87 ERA with 15 strikeouts. On September 1, 2021, Crick was released by the White Sox.[27]

On January 14, 2022, Crick re-signed with the White Sox.[28] On April 7, 2022, his contract was purchased and he was selected to the Opening Day roster.[29]

Personal life

Crick had a fraternal twin named Kevin.[14] On December 30, 2019, Kevin died after suffering a cervical injury after a fall in Cancun, Mexico.[30] On May 15, 2020, his father Reggie died at the age of 69.[31]

References

  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. ^ "Is San Francisco Giants' farmhand Kyle Crick a second coming of Matt Cain? – The Mercury News". Mercurynews.com. September 17, 2013. Retrieved January 16, 2018.
  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. ^ Bittner, Adam (January 15, 2018). "Meet Kyle Crick and Bryan Reynolds, the Pirates' return for Andrew McCutchen". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved September 11, 2019.
  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.
  19. ^ "Pirates pitcher Crick has surgery after altercation". ESPN.com. September 11, 2019. Retrieved September 11, 2019.
  20. ^ "Pirates' Kyle Crick: Reinstated from injured list".
  21. ^ "Pirates' Kyle Crick: Heads to IL". CBSSports.com.
  22. ^ Gorman, Kevin (November 4, 2020). "Pirates A to Z: Kyle Crick has eye on shutting door as closer". TribLIVE.com.
  23. ^ "Pirates Acquire Dillon Peters, Designate Kyle Crick".
  24. ^ "Pirates Release Kyle Crick".
  25. ^ "White Sox Sign Kyle Crick to Minor League Deal".
  26. ^ "Kyle Crick Stats, Fantasy & News | MLB.com". MLB.com.
  27. ^ "Tim Anderson to IL Among Flurry of White Sox Roster Moves". September 2021.
  28. ^ Hicks, James (January 14, 2022). "White Sox Re-Sign Kyle Crick, Sign Ryder Jones". MLB Trade Rumors. Retrieved January 14, 2022.
  29. ^ "White Sox finalize 2022 Opening Day roster" (Press release). Chicago White Sox. April 7, 2022. Retrieved April 7, 2022.
  30. ^ "Finally healthy, Kyle Crick focused on rediscovering form, fastball". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
  31. ^ Gorman, Kevin (July 18, 2020). "Kyle Crick has 'driving force' when he takes mound, with possibility as Pirates closer". TribLIVE.com.