Crick made his major-league debut Thursday, holding the Braves to one hit (no runs) over 2.1 innings. He did not walk or strike out a batter.
If his name wasn't on his jersey, we may not have recognized Crick based on his solid control and lack of strikeouts in his first major-league relief appearance. The former first-round pick finally made strides as a reliever at Triple-A Sacramento this season, posting a career-best 3.0 K/BB ratio accompanied by a 2.76 ERA after looking like a lost cause for the majority of his professional career. The 24-year-old should contribute strikeouts as a reliever going forward, but he will likely be used in low-leverage situations -- like Thursday's seven-run deficit -- until he strings together solid outings.
Crick was called up from Triple-A Sacramento on Tuesday.
While he has always had electric stuff, Crick has really struggled to throw strikes for most of his professional career. However, this year he has posted a 10.5 percent walk rate at Triple-A, which is easily a career-best mark. He has 39 strikeouts in 29.1 innings and a 2.76 ERA, and while he will likely start out in a low-leverage role, he has the stuff to eventually pitch at the back of a big-league bullpen. Derek Law was optioned to Sacramento in a fairly surprising move.
With a 3.28 ERA and 11.7 K/9 in 24.2 innings with Triple-A Sacramento, Crick appears to be turning a corner in his development. While he is still walking batters at a high clip (4.0 BB/9), it is still a marked improvement over his previous gaudy walk totals. If the 24-year-old continues his success in the minors, he could salvage his career as a high-strikeout reliever.
Crick is symptom-free and has been reinstated from the disabled list after suffering a concussion earlier in April, Hank Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
Crick was hit with a foul ball in the dugout, a freak accident. Thankfully, his symptoms subsided quickly, so he was able to get back in action after missing only a little more than a week. If he performs well upon his return, Crick will put himself in the conversation for a midseason call-up to join the Giants' bullpen.
Crick is on the minor-league disabled list after sustaining a concussion when a foul ball hit him in the head in the dugout Sunday, the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
Crick was off to a strong start at Triple-A in his first season as a relief pitcher. He has a real chance to make the majors with the Giants and contribute to their bullpen this year, but it all depends on how long this concussion will keep him out. Expect him to miss at least one start, with more possible if his symptoms don't subside quickly.
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|2013||AFA-San Jose Giants||3||1||1.57||14||14||0||0||0||68.2||48||20||12||1||1||39||95|
|2013||AFX-Wisconsin Timber Rat||7||8||5.23||25||22||0||0||2||117.0||120||78||68||13||9||48||92|
|2014||AFA-Brevard County Manat||10||10||4.58||25||25||1||0||0||137.2||144||80||70||12||4||46||119|
|2014||AA-Richmond Flying Squi||6||7||3.79||23||22||0||0||0||90.1||78||42||38||7||1||61||111|
|2015||AA-Richmond Flying Squi||3||4||3.29||36||11||0||0||0||63.0||47||26||23||2||7||66||73|
|2016||AAA-Colorado Springs Sky||1||7||6.81||17||16||0||0||0||79.1||101||66||60||12||5||55||66|
|2016||AA-Richmond Flying Squi||4||11||5.04||23||23||0||0||0||109.0||110||72||61||8||10||67||86|