Jordan Hicks

Jordan Hicks

25-Year-Old PitcherRP
St. Louis Cardinals
2021 Fantasy Outlook
Those who used a roster spot on Hicks in early 2019 drafts were hoping for the best, and never got it. He had Tommy John surgery in June of 2019, so while he could have pitched in 2020, it was highly unlikely he would have looked like the same guy as these recoveries never go off without a hitch. It turned out that Hicks had a setback in his recovery in June of 2020, which made the decision to opt out of the 2020 season even easier for the Type 1 diabetic. The good news here is he is closer to two full years removed from his surgery, so his command should be sharper than it would have been had he pitched in 2020. Walks were a problem for him prior to surgery, but velocity with his movement allows him to overcome some mistakes more than other pitchers. Keep an eye on health reports this winter to ensure the setback is behind him. Read Past Outlooks
RANKSFrom Preseason
#227
ADP
$Signed a one-year, $862,500 contract with the Cardinals in January of 2021.
Activated by Cardinals
PSt. Louis Cardinals
October 25, 2021
Hicks (elbow) was reinstated from the 60-day injured list Monday, Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
ANALYSIS
Hicks missed most of the 2021 campaign due to a right elbow injury, and he concluded a rehab assignment at the Arizona Fall League on Sunday. The righty is expected to compete for a major-league rotation spot during spring training in 2022, and he appears to be in line for a relatively normal offseason following his activation.
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Pitching Appearances Breakdown
Average Pitch Count
21
Last 10 Games
21
Last 5 Games
22
How many pitches does Jordan Hicks generally throw?
 
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121+
 
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111-120
 
121+
 
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121+
What part of the game does Jordan Hicks generally pitch?
 
 
 
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% Games Reaching Innings Threshold
% Games By Number of Innings Pitched
Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2019
 
 
-50%
BAA vs RHP
2021
 
 
-29%
BAA vs RHP
2020
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2019
 
 
-55%
BAA vs RHP
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2019vs Left .234 56 15 8 11 4 0 1
Since 2019vs Right .118 98 26 13 10 0 1 1
2021vs Left .182 12 3 1 2 1 0 0
2021vs Right .130 32 7 9 3 0 1 0
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
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2019
 
 
-40%
ERA on Road
2021
 
 
-82%
ERA on Road
2020
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2019
 
 
-2%
ERA at Home
ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2019Home 4.50 1.23 22.0 1 0 8 11.0 6.5 0.8
Since 2019Away 2.70 0.90 16.2 1 2 6 7.6 2.7 0.0
2021Home 9.64 2.36 4.2 0 0 0 9.6 15.4 0.0
2021Away 1.69 0.75 5.1 0 0 0 8.4 3.4 0.0
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
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Stat Review
How does Jordan Hicks compare to other relievers?
This section compares his stats with all relief pitcher seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 30 innings)*. 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.

* Exit Velocity, Barrels/BBE %, Balls Hit 95+ MPH %, and Spin Rate are benchmarked against 2019 data (min 30 IP). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • K/BB
    Strikeout to walk ratio.
  • K/9
    Average strikeouts per nine innings.
  • BB/9
    Average walks per nine innings.
  • HR/9
    Average home runs allowed per nine innings.
  • Fastball
    Average fastball velocity.
  • ERA
    Earned run average. The average earned runs allowed per nine innings.
  • WHIP
    Walks plus hits per inning pitched.
  • BABIP
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many balls in play against a pitcher go for hits.
  • GB/FB
    Groundball to flyball ratio. The higher the number, the more likely a pitcher is to induce groundballs.
  • Left On Base
    The percentage of base runners that a pitcher strands on base over the course of a season.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Barrels/BBE
    The percentage of batted ball events resulting in a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
  • Spin Rate
    Spin Rate is the rate of spin on a baseball after it is released. It is measured in revolutions per minute (rpm).
  • Balls Hit 95+ MPH
    The percentage of batted balls hit that met or exceeded the 95 MPH threshold.
  • Swinging Strike
    The percentage of pitches that result in a swing and a miss.
K/BB
1.00
 
K/9
9.0
 
BB/9
9.0
 
HR/9
0.0
 
Fastball
99.3 mph
 
ERA
5.40
 
WHIP
1.50
 
BABIP
.216
 
GB/FB
5.67
 
Left On Base
60.0%
 
Exit Velocity
76.9 mph
 
Barrels/BBE
1.8%
 
Spin Rate
2093 rpm
 
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
8.8%
 
Swinging Strike
8.2%
 
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142 days ago
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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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.
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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Preparing for rotation spot in '22
PSt. Louis Cardinals
Elbow
October 25, 2021
Hicks (elbow) concluded his rehab stint at the Arizona Fall League on Sunday and is expected to compete for a spot in the big-league rotation during spring training, Katie Woo of The Athletic reports.
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Won't rejoin Cards in 2021
PSt. Louis Cardinals
Elbow
September 26, 2021
Hicks (elbow) will continue his rehab work in the Arizona Fall League at the end of the regular season and won't join the Cardinals for any potential postseason action, Jeff Jones of the Belleville News-Democrat reports.
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Begins rehab assignment
PSt. Louis Cardinals
Elbow
September 25, 2021
Hicks (elbow) began a rehab assignment with Triple-A Memphis on Saturday, Jeff Jones of the Belleville News-Democrat reports.
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Set to pitch in AFL
PSt. Louis Cardinals
Elbow
September 22, 2021
The Cardinals announced Wednesday that Hicks (elbow) will be one of the players the organization sends to the Arizona Fall League, Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
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Unlikely to return in 2021
PSt. Louis Cardinals
Elbow
August 22, 2021
Cardinals president of baseball operations John Mozeliak said Sunday that he doesn't expect Hicks (elbow) to return from the 60-day injured list before the end of the season, but the right-hander could be cleared to pick up innings during winter ball, Jeff Jones of the Belleville News-Democrat reports.
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