Crick recorded two outs -- one via the strikeout -- for his first career hold in Friday's 11-6 loss to the Cardinals.
Crick entered the seventh inning with two runners on base and got the job done to preserve a one-run lead. The converted starter has done a bang up job as a middle reliever, posting a 2.92 ERA with an 8.4 K/9 through 24.2 innings. Walks (4.0 BB/9) continue to plague the 24-year-old, but his solid overall performance has all but sealed a spot in the Giants' bullpen next season.
Crick surrendered two runs while recording a pair of strikeouts in an inning Monday against the Athletics.
Monday's outing broke up Crick's modest 7.2-inning scoreless streak. The former starter has held his own in the Giants' bullpen, posting a 2.93 ERA and 1.24 WHIP in 13 appearances. However, walks (4.7 BB/9) continue to plague the 24-year-old, and he simply isn't striking out enough batters (7.6 K/9) to warrant consideration as a ratio-boosting reliever.
Crick has struck out five and given up three earned runs in 7.2 innings this season.
Getting his first taste of the big leagues, Crick has been able to hold his own in limited exposure to major-league hitters. With only one walk so far, he's been able to keep his WHIP down with a mark of 0.91. The big question will be if the 24-year-old can keep his walks down, a task that has troubled him along his path in the minors.
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 2011 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.
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|2013||AFX-Wisconsin Timber Rat||7||8||5.23||25||22||0||0||2||117.0||120||78||68||13||9||48||92|
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|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|
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|2016||AA-Richmond Flying Squi||4||11||5.04||23||23||0||0||0||109.0||110||72||61||8||10||67||86|