Kyle Daniel Crick
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 6' 4", Weight 220 lb.
- High School Sherman High School
- Debut June 22, 2017
Kyle Crick was a supplemental first-round pick in the 2011 amateur draft.
Crick was timed at 95 mph in high school with a slider in the 88-90 mph range. He was 7-2 with a 1.11 ERA but had control issues. He had a commitment to Texas Christian University when the San Francisco Giants took him at #49 in the 2011 draft. The pick, San Francisco's second after Joe Panik, was compensation for the loss of Juan Uribe to free agency. Despite his commitment to TCU, he soon signed with San Francisco with a $900,000 bonus. He made his pro debut with the AZL Giants on June 20th, throwing a scoreless inning and a third of relief.
Crick made his major league debut on June 22, 2017, a full six years after having been drafted. At first, he had moved quickly through the team's system, reaching the AA Richmond Flying Squirrels at age 21 in 2014, but he then got stuck at that level for three years, as he failed to show dominant form in spite of good strikeout numbers. After going 4-11, 5.94 in 2016, he was converted from a starting to a relief pitcher, and that seemed to help him take the final steps to the Show. He started the 2016 season with the Sacramento RiverCats in the AAA Pacific Coast League and went 1-2, 2.76 with 6 saves in 24 games, all in relief, before his major league debut. With the Giants, he pitched another 30 times, with no decisions but a solid ERA of 3.62. He allowed just 22 hits in 32 1/3 innings, while striking out 17 (against 11 walks).
On January 15, 2018, he was traded to the Pittsburgh Pirates along with minor league OF Bryan Reynolds and $500,000 in international bonus money in return for OF Andrew McCutchen. He had a very solid first season with the Pirates in 2018, making 64 appearances in relief and going 3-2, 2.39 with 2 saves; he pitched 60 1/3 innings and struck out 65 batters. He did not do as well in 2019 and on September 9th, he reportedly got into a clubhouse fight with closer Felipe Vazquez and ended up with a damaged tendon in a finger, an injury that required surgery. Both players were fined. This was not the first conflict on the team, as in July, fellow reliever Keone Kela had been suspended for two games after an argument with a coach, and Crick himself had had another serious argument with bullpen coach Euclides Rojas. He was 3-7, 4.97 in 52 games at the time of the injury.