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Prospect rankings primer
The Top Ten
1. Kyle Crick
Height/Weight: 6’4’’ 220 lbs.
Drafted/Acquired: 1st round, 2011 draft, Sherman High School (Sherman, TX)
2012 Stats: 2.51 ERA (111.1 IP, 75 H, 128 K, 67 BB) at Low-A Augusta
The Tools: 7 potential FB; 6+ potential CB; 5+ CT
What Happened in 2012: The big Texan made his full-season debut and didn’t disappoint, showing electric stuff and looking like a future impact arm at the highest level.
Strengths: Excellent size/present strength; athletic delivery; arm is very fast; fastball is easy plus offering and could end up a 7 pitch; can work 92-95; touch higher; nice life; curveball has money-pitch potential; two-plane break and velo; plus with more potential; will show good utility on short cutter with late glove-side movement.
Weaknesses: Mechanical inconsistencies; loses release points; struggles to maintain a good line to the plate; below-average command at present; lacks solid command profile; changeup is often too firm; lacks quality movement (sink/fade).
Overall Future Potential: High 6; no. 2 starter
Explanation of Risk: High risk; fringe command; changeup needs grade jump.
Fantasy Future: Has the type of stuff to miss bats and log innings; high ceiling as a starter and in relief, with closer potential if command/changeup fall short.
The Year Ahead: With only one season of full-season ball under his belt, Crick is still in the infancy of his developmental process. His raw stuff was good enough to overpower Sally League hitters, but he will need to refine his mechanics and find consistency in his release to find sustainable success going forward. It helps when you have plus stuff and a strong, athletic frame, but adding pitchability to the mix isn’t a given, and will have a heavy hand in Crick’s long-term role, whether that comes near the front of a major-league rotation or at the back of a major-league bullpen.
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