4 Top Prospects Highlight San Francisco Giants’ List Of Non-Roster Invitees

Jul 14, 2013; Flushing , NY, USA; USA pitcher Kyle Crick throws a pitch during the 2013 All Star Futures Game at Citi Field. USA defeated World 4-2. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

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:

Pitchers: Jason Berken, Brett Bochy, Jose Casilla, Rafael Dolis, J.C. Gutierrez, Chris Heston, Derek Law, Mitch Lively, Kameron Loe, Adam Reifer, Sandy Rosario, Dan Runzler, Mason Tobin.

Catchers: Jeff Arnold, Gullermo Quiroz, Andrew Susac, Ben Turner.

Infielders: Chris Dominguez, Brandon Hicks, Mark Minicozzi, Joe Panik.

Outfielder: Javier Herrera.

Topics: Clayton Blackburn, Kyle Crick, Mac Williamson, San Francisco Giants, Ty Blach

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