On Monday afternoon the Pittsburgh Pirates traded outfielder Andrew McCutchen to the San Francisco Giants for right-handed pitcher Kyle Crick and outfield prospect Bryan Reynolds. Here’s a quick take.
Kyle Crick, RHP: The Giants drafted Crick in the compensation round of the 2011 draft from high school in Sherman, Texas. He was very effective in A-ball but had trouble with command on reaching Double-A in 2014, spending three seasons at that level as a starter with only marginal success.
In 2017 he converted to the bullpen and was much better, posting a 2.76 ERA in 29 innings in Triple-A (39/13 K/BB), then a 3.06 ERA in 32 major league innings (28/17 K/BB, just 22 hits). He exceeded rookie limits in ‘17 so is no longer technically a prospect.
Crick is listed at 6-4, 220, born November 30, 1992. He’s always had impressive stuff, with a fastball up to 96-98 MPH, a sweeping slider, and an occasional change-up. Control problems hampered him as a starter but he took well to relief work in ‘17, and while his walk rate remains elevated, he can certainly overpower hitters a time or two through the line-up. He has closer potential.
Bryan Reynolds, OF: Reynolds was a prominent outfielder at Vanderbilt University, earning a spot in the second round of the 2016 draft. He spent 2017 with San Jose in the High-A California League, hitting .312/.364/.462 with 10 homers, 37 walks, and 106 strikeouts in 491 at-bats.
Reynolds is listed at 6-3, 2015, a switch-hitter born January 27th, 1995. He has solid tools across the board, with at least average raw power and above-average running speed, though he hasn’t been a huge stolen base threat yet. His speed works well in the outfield and he can handle all three positions despite an average arm.
The Giants tend to be conservative about prospect promotion and the Pirates may be willing to push him up the ladder more quickly. There’s some question about how Reynolds’ power will manifest at the highest levels and it remains to be seen if he’ll be a solid regular or just a very good role player. If he gets off to a good start in ‘18 he could arrive in the majors quickly.
Along with Crick and Reynolds, the Pirates will also receive $500,000 worth of international bonus money slots.