Crick picked as Giants' Futures Game rep
Organization's top prospect set to join U.S. squad on All-Star Sunday
SAN FRANCISCO -- Starting pitcher Kyle Crick, a powerful right-handed arm in the Giants' organization, was selected as San Francisco's representative for the U.S. Team when rosters were unveiled Wednesday for the 15th annual Sirius XM All-Star Futures Game, to be played July 14.
Crick, rated as the Giants' top prospect by MLB.com, is seen as the next in line of recent high school pitchers developed into frontline starters by the San Francisco farm system, a list that includes Matt Cain and Madison Bumgarner.
Since the Giants drafted Crick in the first round in 2011, he has excelled in the system. Last year, with Class A Augusta, Crick went 7-6 with a 2.51 ERA in 21 starts and struck out 128 batters in 111 1/3 innings. This year, after moving up to Class A San Jose, he has recorded a 0.66 ERA in four starts while striking out 22 in 13 2/3 innings.
At 6-foot-4, 220 pounds, Crick has reaped the benefits of his strength during his brief professional career. Although he has impressed in the Minor Leagues, he is still a ways away from making an impact on the big league roster because of his age and development.
Luckily for the Giants, starting pitching rarely is a problem, and they have the benefit of being able to wait for Crick to progress in their system.
The 15th annual SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game takes place at 11 a.m. PT on All-Star Sunday at Citi Field in New York on July 14 and can be seen live on MLB.com, ESPN2 and ESPN2 HD and followed live on MLB.com's Gameday. In addition, XM Radio will broadcast play-by-play coverage of the event live on MLB Network Radio XM 89. MLB.com will also provide complete coverage before, during and after the game. Fans can stay updated by following @MLBFutures on Twitter and can send/receive tweets to/from the U.S. and World Team dugouts during the game by tagging tweets with the hashtags #USDugout and #WorldDugout.
Also, for the first time, fans will determine the final player on the U.S. and World Team rosters by casting their votes in the All-Star Sunday Futures Finalists ballot. There are five candidates for each team, and voting ends on Sunday at 8:59 p.m.
Andrew Owens is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.