John Hicks
John Hicks
29-Year-Old CatcherC
Detroit Tigers
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Hicks received a career-high 312 plate appearances in 2018, starting 20 games behind the plate and another 56 at first base. He hit a respectable .260/.312/.403, good for a 95 wRC+, perfectly fine for a catcher but not nearly good enough for a first baseman. Hicks is not going to take over as the primary catcher, but with Miguel Cabrera possibly starting more games at designated hitter now that Victor Martinez has retired, occasional starts at first base will be open for Hicks. At 29 years old and without much on his resume, Hicks is unlikely to be part of the Tigers' future. That said, the team doesn't really have many major-league-ready prospects beating down the door to take Hicks' roster spot in 2019. He could be a deep-league catcher fill-in if he falls into more at-bats than expected. Read Past Outlooks
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CDetroit Tigers
April 21, 2019
Hicks is starting at catcher and batting eighth in Sunday's game against the White Sox.
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With Grayson Greiner getting a day of rest, Hicks will slide into the lineup. The 29-year-old, who is slashing just .194/.237/.361, will be getting his first game action since Wednesday.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
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3
2
vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
#1
#2
#3
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+8%
OPS vs LHP
2019
 
 
+186%
OPS vs RHP
2018
 
 
+22%
OPS vs LHP
2017
 
 
+7%
OPS vs RHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017vs Left .772 160 18 5 18 1 .259 .331 .441
Since 2017vs Right .712 383 44 11 39 2 .261 .306 .406
2019vs Left .250 4 0 0 0 0 .000 .250 .000
2019vs Right .715 37 2 1 3 1 .250 .270 .444
2018vs Left .822 90 13 2 10 0 .291 .367 .456
2018vs Right .672 222 22 7 22 0 .249 .290 .383
2017vs Left .731 66 5 3 8 1 .230 .288 .443
2017vs Right .784 124 20 3 14 1 .286 .347 .438
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+3%
OPS at Home
2019
 
 
+78%
OPS at Home
2018
 
 
+10%
OPS at Home
2017
 
 
+21%
OPS on Road
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017Home .739 263 35 6 27 2 .273 .336 .403
Since 2017Away .720 280 27 10 30 1 .248 .293 .427
2019Home .915 17 1 1 2 1 .313 .353 .563
2019Away .513 24 1 0 1 0 .174 .208 .304
2018Home .748 153 17 2 15 0 .300 .355 .393
2018Away .683 159 18 7 17 0 .223 .270 .412
2017Home .691 93 17 3 10 1 .220 .301 .390
2017Away .834 97 8 3 12 1 .308 .351 .484
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Stat Review
How does John Hicks compare to other hitters?
This section compares his stats with all batting seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 400 plate appearances). The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.
BB/K
0.17
 
BB Rate
4.9%
 
K Rate
29.3%
 
BABIP
.308
 
ISO
.179
 
AVG
.231
 
OBP
.268
 
SLG
.410
 
OPS
.679
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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The Tigers leaned on Hicks for a career-high 190 plate appearances last season, as injuries to Miguel Cabrera created an occasional need for help at first base, and the organization's lack of depth at the position prompted Hicks to move out from behind the plate. The opportunity went better than his brief run in Seattle in 2015, as he showed some power when he was able to connect, but opposing pitchers seemed to figure him out later in the year, as he went 8-for-53 with 17 strikeouts over the Tigers' final 30 games. Even if Cabrera is unable to return to his previous workhorse level volume of playing time, it seems likely that a better backup option will be in place before Opening Day. Additionally, Hicks is unlikely to usurp James McCann for a larger role behind the plate, so it's difficult to expect anything more from him in 2018.
Hicks has bounced around the minors for the majority of his career thus far, appearing briefly for the Mariners in 2015 before being waived by them. The catcher was claimed by the Twins and started the 2016 season with their Triple-A Rochester affiliate, where he batted .242 in nine games before being waived and picked up by the Tigers, who assigned him to their Double-A affiliate Erie. Hicks excelled there, slashing .388/.426/.510 in 14 games before being promoted to Triple-A Toledo. There he slashed .303/.356/.485 in 70 games, swatting 8 homers to go along with his 42 RBI before being called up to the majors. The 27-year-old played in only one game for the Tigers after being called up, going 1-for-2 with a double and a run scored. With Jarrod Saltalamacchia hitting free agency, the Tigers are in need of a backup for James McCann, a role that could belong to Hicks barring any free agent signings.
The Mariners designated Hicks for assignment when they signed Chris Iannetta in the offseason. Hicks was snatched off waivers by Minnesota, where he will add depth at catcher behind Kurt Suzuki and John Ryan Murphy. He hit a combined .290 across two levels in 2014, but poor plate discipline and contact issues caught up with him in 83 Triple-A games last season when he posted a .644 OPS. He had two hits in 32 at-bats with the Mariners after a late-season callup, and he'll likely be back at Triple-A this season as an organizational depth option for the Twins.
A .296/.362/.418 batting line in 53 games with Double-A Jackson earned Hicks a promotion to Triple-A Tacoma in mid-July. The move up came with some slight growing pains, but Hicks got back on track in the Arizona Fall League, slashing an impressive .304/.396/.522 with two homers and a 6:7 BB:K in 13 games. It was enough to convince the Mariners he warranted protection from the Rule 5 draft, and they went ahead and added Hicks to their 40-man roster in November. The 25-year-old may very well get a chance to compete with Jesus Sucre for the backup job in spring training, but Hicks' power has dried up for the most part in recent seasons -- he's managed just nine homers over the last two years after smacking 15 in 2012 -- and it's unlikely he would hold value in any format in such a limited role.
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Swipes rare bag
CDetroit Tigers
April 17, 2019
Hicks went 1-for-4 with a stolen base in a 3-2 loss to the Pirates on Wednesday.
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Strikes out five times
CDetroit Tigers
April 14, 2019
Hicks went 0-for-5 with five strikeouts in Sunday's 6-4 loss to the Twins.
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Starting at first Saturday
CDetroit Tigers
April 13, 2019
Hicks is starting at first base and batting fifth in Saturday's game against the Twins.
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Pops first home run
CDetroit Tigers
April 10, 2019
Hicks went 2-for-4 with a solo home run in Wednesday's 4-1 win over the Indians.
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Starting Sunday
CDetroit Tigers
April 7, 2019
Hicks is starting at catcher and batting seventh in Sunday's series finale against the Royals.
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