On Friday night, San Jose Giants starter Kyle Crick made his first start after nearly two months on the disabled list.
Though his pitch count was limited, he struck out 10 in four innings of work, walking three and only giving up three hits.
“It felt good,” Crick said of his outing. “Had a good command for the zone.”
Crick’s last start before his stint on the DL was Apr. 18 before being sidelined with an oblique injury.
After his Jun. 21 start, Crick said that his oblique was okay and that his arm was fresh.
The radar gun at Banner Island Ballpark had read his fastball velocity touching the mid-90s at times, with his curveball being at around 78 MPH.
“I felt it was on,” Crick said. “I had it down in the zone, didn’t leave too many up. As long as I can do that, I can get some people out.”
Though his first start back was a success, improvement doesn’t stop there for the top prospect. Crick said he feels that he can always get better with his pitches, namely a changeup he has been working on since last year.
“It’s going well,” Crick said about the progress he’s made on the changeup. “Getting it down in the zone for strikes. As long as I can make it look like my fastball, it’d be a good pitch for me.”
As for his curveball and his slider, Crick feels that he can command both when he pitches.
Crick said he’s happy to be back with the little Giants. The support of his teammates, including rehabbing Pablo Sandoval, helped him through his first start when he faced a bases loaded jam in the 4th, his last inning of work.
“Pablo helped me, too,” Crick said. “He just kinda came in a couple of times. He said, ‘Hey, kid, just throw it over the plate.’ And that’s all it took.”
His first outing back is a good start for him to work off of for the next time, he said.
“I think [if] I’ll do some of the things from the last start, I could be successful,” Crick said.