Giants Crick And Escobar Make MLB Top 100 Prospect List
The much anticipated, highly acclaimed MLB.com 2014 top 100 prospects list was released on Thursday, January 23rd, and it featured two San Francisco Giants pitching prospects. Starting pitchers Kyle Crick (32) and Edwin Escobar (95) both made the list.
The Giants pride themselves on always having superb pitching talent and depth throughout their minor league system, and then seeing that talent have great success at the big league level. Current big league pitchers such as Matt Cain, Madison Bumgarner, Tim Lincecum, and Sergio Romo have all been home-grown through the Giants farm system and all have played important parts in the Giants winning two World Series Championships. The hope is that Crick and Escobar will find similar success when their time comes.
A first-round pick (49th overall) in the 2011 MLB Draft for the Giants, Crick spent the 2013 season in the California League with the San Jose Giants (Giants high Single-A affiliate) starting 14 games with 68.2 IP. The promising young right-handed starter finished with a 3-1 W-L record, 1.57 ERA, 95 SO, 39 BB, and a 1.267 WHIP. He will be with the team in Arizona this spring; included on the Spring Training roster as a non-roster invitee. The thought is that Crick can get some much needed experience and development from the big league coaches and continue to build on his current development path. The hope is that maybe Crick will be ready to compete for a rotation spot come the 2015 season. The 21 year old will most likely pitch next season with the Giants Double-A affiliate, the Richmond Flying Squirrels.
Escobar was signed by the Texas Rangers out of La Sabana, Venezuela in 2009 and was acquired by the Giants to complete a Rule 5 draft trade for Ben Snyder in 2010. A hard throwing left handed starter, Escobar split the 2013 season between high Single-A and Double-A. Making 14 starts for the SJ Giants, Escobar finished his time there with a 3-4 W-L record, 92 SO, 17 BB, and 1.138 WHIP in 74.2 IP. After being promoted to Double-A Richmond he made 10 more starts; finishing with a 5-4 W-L record, 54 SO, 13 BB, and a 1.056 WHIP in 54.0 IP. The 21 year old is currently on the 40 man roster and will be with the team in Arizona for Spring Training. Escobar will most likely be then sent to Fresno to start the 2014 season and pitch for the Giants Triple-A affiliate, the Fresno Grizzlies.
While Crick and Escobar are the only two pitchers from the Giants organization to make MLB.com’s heralded Top 100 prospect list, the system is filled with other promising young pitching talents as such SP Ty Blach, RP Heath Hembree, SP Clayton Blackburn, SP/RP Chris Stratton, SP/RP Mike Kickman, RP Jake Dunning, and SP Martin Agosta. All are expected to have an impact at the next level for the Giants.