Kyle Crick
27-Year-Old PitcherRP
10-Day IL
Injury Lat
Est. Return 9/27/2020
2020 Fantasy Outlook
The closer role in Pittsburgh should be an open audition. Crick has the fastball velocity to be part of that discussion, but has little else to establish the high ground in that competition. He allowed 1.8 homers per nine innings last year with an 11.5 K-BB%, which is simply unusable in high-leverage situations. He has improved his strikeout rate each of the past three seasons from 20.9% to 25.5% to 27%, but the walk rate was a career-worst 15.5% last season leading to a 1.55 WHIP. All in all, he really struggled with the new baseball last year; these homer issues were not prevalent in 2018 so perhaps the high walks were tied to a fear of challenging batters. Look for changes in Bradenton this February before aggressively pursuing him as a potential closer for March drafts. Read Past Outlooks
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Lat
September 14, 2020
Crick was placed on the 10-day injured list Monday with a lat strain, Kevin Gorman of TribLive.com reports.
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Crick will have a chance to return just before the regular season concludes, though the club has yet to release a timetable for his return. Mitch Keller was called up to take Crick's place and will start the second game of Monday's doubleheader against the Reds.
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Pitching Appearances Breakdown
Average Pitch Count
16
Last 10 Games
16
Last 5 Games
16
How many pitches does Kyle Crick generally throw?
 
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121+
 
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What part of the game does Kyle Crick generally pitch?
 
 
 
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% Games Reaching Innings Threshold
% Games By Number of Innings Pitched
Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2018
 
 
-19%
BAA vs RHP
2020
 
 
-37%
BAA vs RHP
2019
 
 
-11%
BAA vs LHP
2018
 
 
-40%
BAA vs RHP
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2018vs Left .242 228 50 26 47 6 1 5
Since 2018vs Right .195 281 83 36 46 8 0 8
2020vs Left .375 11 1 3 3 0 0 0
2020vs Right .235 18 6 1 4 1 0 0
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
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2018
Even Split
2020
 
 
-100%
ERA at Home
2019
 
 
-20%
ERA on Road
2018
 
 
-17%
ERA at Home
ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2018Home 3.45 1.28 62.2 3 6 1 9.8 3.7 1.1
Since 2018Away 3.44 1.43 52.1 3 4 1 11.2 6.2 0.9
2020Home 0.00 0.90 3.1 0 1 0 8.1 2.7 0.0
2020Away 3.86 3.43 2.1 0 0 0 15.4 11.6 0.0
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
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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 2019 data (min 30 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
1.75
 
K/9
11.1
 
BB/9
6.4
 
HR/9
0.0
 
Fastball
90.9 mph
 
ERA
1.59
 
WHIP
1.94
 
BABIP
.438
 
GB/FB
1.20
 
Left On Base
45.5%
 
Exit Velocity
75.4 mph
 
Barrels/BBE
0.0%
 
Spin Rate
2812 rpm
 
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
17.9%
 
Swinging Strike
10.4%
 
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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.
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.
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Makes mound return
PPittsburgh Pirates
August 30, 2020
Crick (shoulder) allowed one hit in a scoreless inning against the Brewers on Sunday. He struck out one batter.
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Reinstated from injured list
PPittsburgh Pirates
August 29, 2020
Crick (shoulder) was reinstated from the 10-day injured list Saturday.
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Throws live BP
PPittsburgh Pirates
Shoulder
August 26, 2020
Crick (shoulder) threw a live batting practice session Wednesday in Chicago and the early response is positive, Rob Biertempfel of The Athletic reports.
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Will throw again Monday
PPittsburgh Pirates
Shoulder
August 23, 2020
Crick (shoulder) will throw live batting practice Monday and accompany the team on its upcoming road trip, general manager Ben Cherington told 93.7 The Fan in Pittsburgh on Sunday.
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Tosses live BP
PPittsburgh Pirates
Shoulder
August 19, 2020
Crick (shoulder) threw live batting practice Wednesday, Rob Biertempfel of The Athletic reports.
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