Jordan Hicks
Jordan Hicks
23-Year-Old PitcherRP
St. Louis Cardinals
Out
Injury Opt Out
Est. Return 2/1/2021
2020 Fantasy Outlook
To say it's easy to fall in love with Hicks' stuff does not do Hicks' stuff justice. He throws the hardest fastball in the game -- clocking in at over 100 mph on average -- and can break off an impressive slider. Hicks even began experimenting with a nasty changeup, which got people talking in spring training and got the Rob Friedman aka "Pitching Ninja" treatment on Twitter. During his time on the mound in 2019, Hicks had a 28.2 K% and .163 BAA. Here's the problem: pitchers with this extreme velocity and violent arm whip are (in theory) more susceptible to injuries. Unfortunately, we saw this with Hicks, as the right-hander was diagnosed with a torn UCL and underwent Tommy John surgery in late June. Hicks will likely still be only 23 years old when he returns to the major leagues, so his future is extremely bright, but he should not be expected to immediately reclaim closer duties for St. Louis in 2020. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a one-year, $555,000 contract with the Cardinals in March of 2019.
Lands on restricted list
PSt. Louis Cardinals
Elbow
July 20, 2020
The Cardinals placed Hicks (elbow) on the restricted list last week after he informed the team that he was opting out of the 2020 season.
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The transaction removes Hicks from the Cardinals' 40-man roster, giving the team some more flexibility before it begins its season July 24. Per Mark Saxon of The Athletic, Hicks' choice to skip out on the 2020 season wasn't totally motivated by concerns about the health risks he may have faced pitching amid the COVID-19 pandemic as a Type 1 diabetic. Instead, the 23-year-old disclosed that he recently dealt with inflammation during his throwing program as he worked back from his June 2019 Tommy John procedure. The extra time off to rest should allow Hicks to report at full health for 2021 spring training, at which point he could re-emerge as the Cardinals' top closing candidate.
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Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2018
 
 
-47%
BAA vs RHP
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-55%
BAA vs RHP
2018
 
 
-43%
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BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2018vs Left .261 215 38 30 47 6 1 3
Since 2018vs Right .139 234 63 26 28 3 0 1
2020vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2020vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2019vs Left .250 44 12 7 9 3 0 1
2019vs Right .113 66 19 4 7 0 0 1
2018vs Left .264 171 26 23 38 3 1 2
2018vs Right .150 168 44 22 21 3 0 0
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-48%
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-2%
ERA at Home
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-59%
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ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2018Home 4.50 1.43 56.0 2 1 10 7.7 6.3 0.5
Since 2018Away 2.32 1.01 50.1 3 5 10 9.5 3.0 0.2
2020Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2020Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2019Home 3.12 0.92 17.1 1 0 8 11.4 4.2 1.0
2019Away 3.18 0.97 11.1 1 2 6 7.1 2.4 0.0
2018Home 5.12 1.66 38.2 1 1 2 6.1 7.2 0.2
2018Away 2.08 1.03 39.0 2 3 4 10.2 3.2 0.2
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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Rather than continue his development as a starter, the Cardinals decided to jump Hicks three levels straight to the big-league bullpen. It was easy to see why St. Louis thought Hicks could bypass Double- and Triple-A and help the team right away -- he throws absolute gas (100.5 mph average fastball). He peppered the Fastest Pitches leaderboard from Statcast, a leaderboard that used to consist almost exclusively of Aroldis Chapman. The right-hander enjoyed quite a bit of success and even got a chance to close out some games later in the year, though for a pitcher with his pure stuff, Hicks didn't generate many strikeouts early on. The Ks did finally tick up a bit over the final two months (22.7%), but so did the walks (17.3%). Hicks' future is bright and he has "future closer" written all over him, but given his inexperience and fits of wildness in his rookie season, it's not out of the question the Cardinals keep him confined to setup duty to start 2019.
Hicks was sidelined with shoulder inflammation after he was selected in the third round of the 2015 draft, so he did not make his professional debut until last season. His numbers in the Appalachian League were not particularly pretty, but his repertoire, which includes a low-90s fastball and a slider with wipeout potential, required a challenge in the form of a promotion to the New York-Penn League in late July. Hicks walked too many hitters at both stops, but his overall production started to match his stuff against short-season hitters, who hit just .217 against him. This allowed him post a 1.76 ERA despite walking 16 over 30.2 innings. The development of his changeup along with better fastball command/control will be paramount in his quest to remain a starter, as is the case with most lower-level arms. Hicks has the raw tools to someday pitch in the middle of a big league rotation, making him worth following as he moves up the ranks.
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Opting out of season
PSt. Louis Cardinals
Elbow
July 13, 2020
Hicks (elbow) announced his decision to opt out of the upcoming season Monday, Jeff Jones of the Belleville News-Democrat reports.
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Throws bullpen Saturday
PSt. Louis Cardinals
Elbow
July 4, 2020
Hicks (elbow) threw a bullpen session in the visitors' dugout at Busch Stadium on Saturday, Anne Rogers of MLB.com reports.
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Will open on injured list
PSt. Louis Cardinals
Elbow
July 1, 2020
Hicks (elbow) will open the season on the injured list, Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
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Team will be cautious
PSt. Louis Cardinals
Elbow
June 27, 2020
Hicks (elbow) will be monitored especially closely with respect to COVID-19 protocol when the regular season begins due to the fact he's a Type 1 diabetic, Anne Rogers of MLB.com reports.
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Part of closing committee?
PSt. Louis Cardinals
Elbow
June 17, 2020
Hicks (elbow) would likely be part of a closing committee as opposed to having sole possession of the ninth-inning job for much, if not all, of a shortened 2020 season, Rick Hummel of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
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