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June 9, 2014

Monday Morning Ten Pack

June 9, 2014

by Jason Parks and BP Prospect Staff


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Kyle Crick, RHP, Giants (Double-A Richmond)
Against a weak-hitting Reading team on Saturday night, Kyle Crick only allowed one run in a five-inning start, striking out three while walking only one hitter. On the surface, the evening was a success, even more so when you learn that his fastball sat in the 95-97 range most of the evening, touching 98 on several occasions. But Crick struggled all evening to find his command, missing arm-side and up with frequency and failing to find the handle on his secondary arsenal.

This was my first look at Crick this season, and despite the fact that he’s a prototypical power arm from near my old stomping grounds in North Texas, I came away with more questions than answers, and I wrote up the 21-year-old righty as a late-inning reliever rather than a frontline starter. In an existential scouting crisis, I struggled with the tool grades and the overall profile, as it seemed unusual to watch a young power arm hold easy plus-plus velocity for five innings yet not come away feeling he had a plus-plus fastball or a plus-plus profile. The command just hasn’t been there for Crick so far in his professional journey, and without even average feel for command or a consistent secondary arsenal, it’s hard for me to justify a lofty rotation grade based on the performance. –Jason Parks

Angel Villalona, 1B, Giants (Double-A Richmond)
Most people know Villalona’s backstory by now, the details of which you can investigate on your own, thus forming your own conclusions about the legitimacy of his current freedom. I’ll focus on the scouting side of his profile, and based on a good look this weekend, I came away highly impressed with his raw power and sour on every other aspect of his game. The 23-year-old Dominican has a very soft body, with a pudgy torso and a thick lower half, all but suffocating his natural athleticism and quickness. He is basically a designated hitter masquerading as a first baseman, as he struggles with throws that don’t hit his chest and his footwork around the bag doesn’t inspire a lot of confidence.

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