The San Francisco Giants will get their first look at four of the organization’s top prospects at major-league spring training next month with pitchers Kyle Crick, Clayton Blackburn and Ty Blach joining outfielder Mac Williamson on a large list of 26 players extended non-roster invitations.
Pitchers and catchers are scheduled to report to Scottsdale, Ariz., on Valentine’s Day, with position players slated to arrive on Feb. 18. Full-squad workouts begin Feb. 19, according to MLB.com.
Crick, a 21-year-old right-hander, is rated as the Giants’ top prospect, according to MLB.com. He made 14 starts at High-A San Jose last season, going 3-1 with a 1.57 ERA and 1.267 WHIP in 68.2 innings, striking out a whopping 95 hitters. Crick also pitched for Scottsdale in the Arizona Fall League and was 0-1 with a 2.87 ERA and 1.28 WHIP in 15.2 innings with 24 strikeouts.
Blackburn, 21, is the Giants’ No. 2-ranked prospect. He also spent all of 2013 at San Jose, where the big right-hander was 7-5 with a 3.65 ERA and 1.098 WHIP in 23 starts and 133 innings, striking out 138.
Blach, a 23-year-old lefty, was the Giants’ fifth-round pick in 2012 out of Creighton University, and debuted for San Jose in 2013, going 12-4 with a 2.90 ERA and 1.090 WHIP in 22 appearances, 20 starts, covering 130.1 innings. He struck out 117. He is the Giants’ No. 11-ranked prospect.
Williamson is ranked No. 16 in the organization. The big 24-year-old right fielder (6-foot-5, 240) out of Wake Forest University hit .292/.375/.504 in 599 plate appearances at San Jose last season, scoring 94 runs with 31 doubles, 25 homers and 89 RBI, while posting 132 strikeouts.
The complete list of non-roster invitees includes:
Outfielder: Javier Herrera.