8/27/2013 9:44 P.M. ET
Top prospect Crick leads Giants' AFL group
By Jack Etkin and Chris Haft / Special to MLB.com
SAN FRANCISCO -- Right-hander Kyle Crick, rated as the Giants' top prospect by MLB.com, headed the list of five players named Tuesday to play in the Arizona Fall League for the Scottsdale Scorpions.
Crick, 20, posted a 2-1 record with a 1.75 ERA in his first 13 starts for Class A San Jose. An oblique injury interrupted Crick's season in late April, but he has improved since returning on June 21. He walked nine batters in 9 2/3 innings before the injury and 30 batters in 52 innings since. Opponents have hit .213 off Crick overall, including just .201 in 10 starts since his return.
The 6-foot-4 Crick has drawn inevitable comparisons to Matt Cain and Madison Bumgarner, pillars of the Giants' starting rotation who also possess large physical frames and were drafted out of high school.
Catcher Andrew Susac, San Francisco's No. 2 selection in the 2011 First-Year Player Draft, will join Crick on the Scorpions' roster. In 84 games with Double-A Richmond, Susac, the Giants' 15th-ranked prospect on the MLB.com list, hit 12 homers with 46 RBIs and an .820 OPS.
Another Top 20 prospect headed for Scottsdale is left-hander Adalberto Mejia, rated No. 19, who posted a 6-4 record with a 3.38 ERA in his first 15 starts for San Jose.
Outfielder Jarrett Parker (.243, 17 homers, 55 RBIs at Richmond) and right-hander Cody Hall (4-1, 1.55 ERA, 10 saves in 44 games for San Jose and Richmond) complement San Francisco's AFL contingent, which will be completed by a pitcher to be named.
The Scorpions are stocked with players from the Braves, Mets, Pirates and Yankees organizations, besides the Giants.
-- Chris Haft
Torres to have surgery for bone spurs in foot
DENVER -- Outfielder Andres Torres will undergo surgery Wednesday to have bone spurs removed from near his left Achilles tendon. The surgery will be performed in Charlotte, N.C., by Dr. Robert Anderson, the Carolina Panthers' orthopedist and a foot specialist, who examined Torres on Tuesday.
Manager Bruce Bochy said Torres will face about six months of rehabilitation, so it's going to be "real close" whether he'll be ready at the start of the 2014 season.
Bochy said he sent Torres a text, and he responded that he was "doing great."
"I think he's looking forward to this getting taken care of so it doesn't nag him occasionally," Bochy said.
The switch-hitting Torres turns 36 in January and relies on his speed, so it's fair to wonder about the risks and rewards of the surgery for Torres at this point in his career.
"I know that's what Andres has been thinking about -- what to do here, whether to have surgery or not at his age and this type of surgery," Bochy said. "I guess the only way we can answer this is when he comes back, we'll see how he's running. It's such a big part of his game. I don't have the knowledge to know how much it is going to affect or if it is at all."
In 103 games, Torres, who went on the 15-day disabled list Aug. 22, hit .250 with two homers and 21 RBIs. He batted .291 in 141 right-handed at-bats and .206 in 131 at-bats hitting left-handed.
"He had his ups and downs just like our team," Bochy said. "[He] struggled from the left side. [In the] outfield, he wasn't as sharp defensively. He thinks the Achilles played a part in that. It's fair to say, it wasn't the type of year he was hoping for and we were hoping for."
Bochy said Gregor Blanco will get the bulk of the playing time in center field, Francisco Peguero can play there and an outfielder will be among the five or six players recalled when the rosters can be expanded Sept. 1. Angel Pagan is also expected to be activated from the DL on that date.
Pence's collision more wearying to Bochy
DENVER -- Seated in the Giants' third-base dugout before the game, manager Bruce Bochy asked, "How far do you think it is to right field, about 3 miles?"
He was harkening back to the first inning Monday night when right fielder Hunter Pence ran full speed into the right-field wall trying to catch a drive hit by Michael Cuddyer and fell to the ground, the wind knocked out of him.
Bochy and two athletic trainers jogged out to check on Pence -- a taxing jog, it turned out, for Bochy.
"It was the first day here, I had a cup of coffee and a dip in," he said. "That's got to be 3 miles. All I know is Hunter said, 'I'm OK. I'm OK.' I said, 'No, you're not. You stay down here. The manager needs a break. Before I start jogging back, I got to catch my breath.'"
In retrospect, Bochy said he should have gone to the bullpen in right field and walked back to the Giants' dugout through the bowels of Coors Field.
"That's what I'm mad at," Bochy said. "It's all about being resourceful, and I wasn't at that point. It's about 3 miles; I don't think any further than that."
Jack Etkin is a contributor to and Chris Haft is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.