Kyle Crick
26-Year-Old PitcherRP
60-Day IL
Injury Finger
Est. Return 2/20/2020
2019 Fantasy Outlook
The best way to combat regression is with improving skills, which is exactly what Crick did last season. In 2018, his 3.06 ERA was considerably lower than the estimators, largely due to a fortunate .233 BABIP. Last season, Crick's BABIP corrected to .268 -- not out of line for what's expected from a flyball pitcher in a power-suppressing venue like PNC Park. An improved K% and BB% resulted in a solid 16.5 K-BB%, more than double 2017's 8.2 mark. Crick's actual 2.39 ERA was again significantly better than the corresponding 3.14 FIP and 4.00 xFIP, mostly due to a fortunate 80.5% left-on-base rate. Even if his ERA incurs a correction this season, he should still be useful in deep leagues using holds as the Pirates should again deploy him in high-leverage scenarios. Plus, this will be just his third season since making the conversion to relief, so Crick could improve further if he deploys his 96-mph fastball/82-mph slider combo more effectively. Read Past Outlooks
RANKSFrom Preseason
#735
ADP
Add To Watchlist
$Signed a one-year, $581,500 contract with the Pirates in March of 2019.
Lands on 60-day IL
PPittsburgh Pirates
Finger
September 13, 2019
Crick (finger) was placed on the 60-day injured list Friday, Adam Berry of MLB.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Crick was already ruled out for the season after undergoing surgery on his right index finger, an injury he sustained Monday during an altercation with teammate Felipe Vazquez. The move creates an opening on the 40-man roster for Williams Jerez, who was claimed off waivers Friday.
Read More News
Pitching Stats
Loading Pitching Stats...
MLB Game Log
Calculate Stats Over Time
Just click on any two dates.
Scoring
FanDuel
DraftKings
Yahoo DFS
FantasyDraft
Head2Head
Loading Pitching Game Log...
Minor League Game Log
Calculate Stats Over Time
Just click on any two dates.
Loading Minor League Pitching Game Log...
Pitching Appearances Breakdown
Average Pitch Count
18
Last 10 Games
18
Last 5 Games
18
How many pitches does Kyle Crick generally throw?
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
21-30
 
31-40
 
41-50
 
51-60
 
61-70
 
71-80
 
81-90
 
91-100
 
101-110
 
111-120
 
121+
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
21-30
 
31-40
 
41-50
 
51-60
 
61-70
 
71-80
 
81-90
 
91-100
 
101-110
 
111-120
 
121+
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
21-30
 
31-40
 
41-50
 
51-60
 
61-70
 
71-80
 
81-90
 
91-100
 
101-110
 
111-120
 
121+
What part of the game does Kyle Crick generally pitch?
 
 
 
1st
 
 
 
2nd
 
 
 
3rd
 
 
 
4th
 
 
 
5th
 
 
 
6th
 
 
 
7th
 
 
 
8th
 
 
 
9th
 
Extra
 
 
 
1st
 
 
 
2nd
 
 
 
3rd
 
 
 
4th
 
 
 
5th
 
 
 
6th
 
 
 
7th
 
 
 
8th
 
 
 
9th
 
Extra
 
 
 
1st
 
 
 
2nd
 
 
 
3rd
 
 
 
4th
 
 
 
5th
 
 
 
6th
 
 
 
7th
 
 
 
8th
 
 
 
9th
 
Extra
% Games Reaching Innings Threshold
% Games By Number of Innings Pitched
Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2017
 
 
-20%
BAA vs RHP
2019
 
 
-11%
BAA vs LHP
2018
 
 
-40%
BAA vs RHP
2017
 
 
-23%
BAA vs RHP
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2017vs Left .233 270 53 26 55 6 2 5
Since 2017vs Right .187 344 101 49 53 9 1 10
2019vs Left .210 98 24 12 17 3 1 3
2019vs Right .235 128 37 23 24 3 0 7
2018vs Left .257 119 25 11 27 3 0 2
2018vs Right .154 135 40 12 18 4 0 1
2017vs Left .220 53 4 3 11 0 1 0
2017vs Right .169 81 24 14 11 2 1 2
More Splits View More Split Stats
Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2017
 
 
-3%
ERA on Road
2019
 
 
-20%
ERA on Road
2018
 
 
-17%
ERA at Home
2017
 
 
-8%
ERA at Home
ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2017Home 3.48 1.29 77.2 3 5 1 9.4 4.1 1.2
Since 2017Away 3.38 1.30 64.0 3 4 1 10.3 5.6 0.7
2019Home 5.47 1.56 26.1 1 4 0 11.6 5.5 1.7
2019Away 4.37 1.54 22.2 2 3 0 10.7 7.5 2.0
2018Home 2.18 1.09 33.0 2 1 1 8.5 2.5 0.8
2018Away 2.63 1.17 27.1 1 1 1 11.2 4.6 0.0
2017Home 2.95 1.25 18.1 0 0 0 7.9 4.9 1.0
2017Away 3.21 1.14 14.0 0 0 0 7.7 4.5 0.0
More Splits View More Split Stats
Stat Review
How does Kyle Crick compare to other relievers?
This section compares his stats with all relief pitcher seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 30 innings)*. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.

* Exit Velocity, Barrels/BBE %, Balls Hit 95+ MPH %, and Spin Rate are benchmarked against this season's data (min 20 IP). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • K/BB
    Strikeout to walk ratio.
  • K/9
    Average strikeouts per nine innings.
  • BB/9
    Average walks per nine innings.
  • HR/9
    Average home runs allowed per nine innings.
  • Fastball
    Average fastball velocity.
  • ERA
    Earned run average. The average earned runs allowed per nine innings.
  • WHIP
    Walks plus hits per inning pitched.
  • BABIP
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many balls in play against a pitcher go for hits.
  • GB/FB
    Groundball to flyball ratio. The higher the number, the more likely a pitcher is to induce groundballs.
  • Left On Base
    The percentage of base runners that a pitcher strands on base over the course of a season.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Barrels/BBE
    The percentage of batted ball events resulting in a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
  • Spin Rate
    Spin Rate is the rate of spin on a baseball after it is released. It is measured in revolutions per minute (rpm).
  • Balls Hit 95+ MPH
    The percentage of batted balls hit that met or exceeded the 95 MPH threshold.
  • Swinging Strike
    The percentage of pitches that result in a swing and a miss.
K/BB
1.74
 
K/9
11.2
 
BB/9
6.4
 
HR/9
1.8
 
Fastball
95.3 mph
 
ERA
4.96
 
WHIP
1.55
 
BABIP
.287
 
GB/FB
1.18
 
Left On Base
74.2%
 
Exit Velocity
86.4 mph
 
Barrels/BBE
6.6%
 
Spin Rate
2640 rpm
 
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
29.8%
 
Swinging Strike
13.0%
 
Advanced Pitching Stats
Loading Advanced Pitching Stats...
Defensive Stats
Loading MLB Defensive Stats...
Stats Vs Today's Lineup
Want more matchup stats?
Loading Matchup Stats...
Our full team depth charts are reserved for RotoWire subscribers.
Subscribe Now
Recent RotoWire Articles Featuring Kyle Crick
Mound Musings: Life, the Universe and Everything
32 days ago
As Brad Johnson begins to wind down the Mound Musings column for the season, he offers a few random thoughts, including his choice for winning the World Serices, the Houston Astros.
Mound Musings: Potential Second Half Success Stories
109 days ago
Brad Johnson examines pitchers who are candidates to improve significantly in the second half like Aaron Nola, who Johnson anticipates will soon be on a roll.
Regan's Rumblings: Trade Deadline Bullpen Shuffle
111 days ago
Dave Regan breaks down the bullpen trade candidates, including Will Smith of the San Francisco Giants.
Regan's Rumblings: The All-Surprise Team
118 days ago
Dave Regan offers his take on players who are trending toward new heights this season, like Scott Kingery, who’s hitting .344/.385/.564 with eight home runs.
Mound Musings: NL Central Draft Day Targets
228 days ago
The National League Central is on tap for Brad Johnson this week, and, in Chicago, the Cubs’ pitching success will likely revolve around Yu Darvish’s health.
Past Fantasy Outlooks
2018
2017
2016
2015
2014
2013
On the surface, it looks like Crick's conversion to the bullpen was a success. However, a closer look suggests the transformation isn't complete. His 3.06 ERA was considerably lower then his 3.90 FIP and 5.30 xFIP. The same issue plaguing Crick as a starter -- walks -- persisted in his 32.1 innings of relief last season. This was masked by a .233 BABIP that should regress in a larger sample. Further, Crick only fanned 28 in that span, compared to 17 walks. Crick's minor-league history portends a higher strikeout rate, including 39 in 29.1 frames for Triple-A Sacramento before he was called up on June 22. With a fastball averaging 96 mph, Crick has the stuff to be a high-leverage reliever, perhaps even with ninth-inning duties. However, until he gets the free passes under control, he's just a flier in the deepest of leagues.
The Giants ditched their project of trying to turn Crick into a reliever and used him as a starter in all 23 of his appearances for Double-A Richmond last season. The former first-round pick has been generally considered a bust as he's failed to control his electric stuff in the minors, posting a rate of 5.1 BB/9 or higher in all six of his minor league seasons. With a strikeout rate of 7.1 K/9 in 2016 (well below his usual double-digit marks), it appeared that Crick was trying to dial back his pitches in an effort to limit the free passes, but that approach proved unsuccessful as he still issued 67 walks in 109 innings. Despite his continued failures, the righty will only be 24 years old to begin the 2017 season, and the Giants are hoping he can figure things out down the road.
Things have gone from bad to worse with the Giants' former top pitching prospect. Control issues continue to plague the hard-throwing righty. While his 3.29 ERA and 10.4 K/9 are positives, they came at the expense of a horrid 9.4 BB/9 (a rate that has risen over the past three seasons). It got so bad that the Giants decided to give up on trying to make him a big league starter, moving him to the bullpen in an effort to salvage his career as a late-inning reliever. That didn't help matters as Crick posted a 3.92 ERA and an 11.8 BB/9 in 20.2 innings as a reliever. He still has the stuff so there is always a chance he figures out his control issues at some point, but right now, it is looking like Crick will turn out to be a bust. Given the way his career is trending, the Giants' plan to have him make his major league debut in 2016 is looking like a long shot. Crick will try to figure out his issues in the minors to start the year.
At this point, it’s surprising minor-league hitters ever take the bat off their shoulder against Crick. Since he was drafted in 2011, strikeouts and walks have accounted for 41 to 48% of the hitters he has faced, and while evaluators can’t help but take notice of his strikeout-inducing stuff, he has yet to improve his walk rate. In fact, the 15.3% walk rate he posted as a 21-year-old at Double-A Richmond in 2014 was his highest mark in three years of full-season ball. Of the ten highest walk rates among MLB pitchers who pitched 60-plus innings last season, only four (Daisuke Matsuzaka, Ubaldo Jimenez, Tony Cingrani and Francisco Liriano) belonged to pitchers who started a game, and none approached Crick’s mark. At this point, it may be wise to view "2016 Giants closer" as his new ceiling.
Arguably the Giants' top prospect, Crick held true to that title in 2013, posting a 1.57 ERA (2.37 FIP) with an impressive 12.5 K/9 in 68.2 innings with High-A San Jose. He did have an issue with his control (5.1 BB/9), and that is something he will have to fix before making it to the majors, even if it means taking a little bit off his stuff and taking a slight cut in his strikeout rate. Crick should start the year at Double-A Richmond with a chance for a September callup if he continues to dominate minor league hitters.
Crick was the Giants' first-round pick in 2011, and he had a successful season in Low-A Augusta with a 2.51 ERA (3.15 FIP). The 20-year-old right-hander features a fastball that averages 92-94 mph and can touch 98 mph along with a slider, curveball and changeup. Scouts have said all of his secondary pitches need some work, and his control has been an issue (5.4 BB/9). Despite being raw, his potential is off the charts as his fastball has the ability to miss bats (10.4 K/9). Crick looks to be headed to High-A for 2013, and could reach the majors by 2015 is he can improve his control.
More Fantasy News
Altercation ends season
PPittsburgh Pirates
Finger
September 10, 2019
Crick underwent season-ending surgery on his right index finger Tuesday following an altercation with fellow reliever Felipe Vazquez, Hunter Homistek of DKPittsburghSports.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Subscribe now to instantly reveal our take on this news.
Returns from suspension
PPittsburgh Pirates
August 24, 2019
Crick returned to the active roster Friday after serving his three-game suspension, Adam Berry of MLB.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Subscribe now to instantly reveal our take on this news.
Begins three-game suspension
PPittsburgh Pirates
Suspension
August 20, 2019
The Pirates placed Crick on Major League Baseball's suspended list. He'll begin serving his three-game ban Tuesday against the Nationals.
ANALYSIS
Subscribe now to instantly reveal our take on this news.
Suspension starting Tuesday
PPittsburgh Pirates
August 18, 2019
Crick will begin his three-game suspension Tuesday against Washington, 93.7 The Fan in Pittsburgh reports.
ANALYSIS
Subscribe now to instantly reveal our take on this news.
Struggles in St. Louis
PPittsburgh Pirates
August 12, 2019
Crick (3-7) surrendered five earned runs while recording only two outs in Sunday's 11-9 loss to St. Louis. He hit two batters and allowed three hits, including a grand slam.
ANALYSIS
Subscribe now to instantly reveal our take on this news.