Jordan Hicks
Jordan Hicks
22-Year-Old PitcherRP
St. Louis Cardinals
2019 Fantasy Outlook
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. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a contract with the Cardinals in June 2015 that includes a signing bonus of $543,000.
Usage being monitored
PSt. Louis Cardinals
September 24, 2018
Hicks, who's thrown 75 innings this season after making the jump from High-A to the majors, is being used judiciously in September in anticipation of a possible postseason run, Joe Trezza of MLB.com reports. "We're mindful of everyone's health, but clearly with Jordan, we're a little more mindful," manager Mike Shildt said. "I don't think Jordan has any restrictions. I don't see any limitations on him moving forward."
ANALYSIS
Hicks' 70 appearances lead the Cardinals and have him tied for ninth among National League relievers, while he's also reached the second-highest number of frames thrown in his professional career. Shildt has managed his young phenom carefully during the current month, with Hicks having last pitched on back-to-back days back on Sept. 3-4 and having enjoyed a six-day layoff between appearances earlier in September as well. The 22-year-old right-hander is on pace for his fewest innings in a full month this season, but the extra rest should leave him well-positioned to serve as a key cog in a postseason relief corps if the Cardinals are able to qualify for the playoffs.
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Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2016
 
 
-43%
BAA vs RHP
2018
 
 
-43%
BAA vs RHP
2017
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2016
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BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2016vs Left .264 171 26 23 38 3 1 2
Since 2016vs Right .150 168 44 22 21 3 0 0
2018vs Left .264 171 26 23 38 3 1 2
2018vs Right .150 168 44 22 21 3 0 0
2017vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2016vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2016vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2016
 
 
-59%
ERA on Road
2018
 
 
-59%
ERA on Road
2017
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2016
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ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2016Home 5.12 1.66 38.2 1 1 2 6.1 7.2 0.2
Since 2016Away 2.08 1.03 39.0 2 3 4 10.2 3.2 0.2
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
2017Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2016Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2016Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 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.
K/BB
1.56
 
K/9
8.1
 
BB/9
5.2
 
HR/9
0.2
 
Fastball
100.5 mph
 
ERA
3.59
 
WHIP
1.34
 
BABIP
.277
 
GB/FB
3.47
 
Strand %
71.6%
 
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2017 Fantasy Outlook
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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Loses out on closer's role
PSt. Louis Cardinals
September 10, 2018
Hicks secured his 23rd hold in Sunday's win over the Tigers, but he's lost out in the competition for the closer's role to Carlos Martinez, Tyler Fenwick of MLB.com reports.
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Surrenders game-winning homer
PSt. Louis Cardinals
September 8, 2018
Hicks (3-4) allowed a game-winning two-run homer to Jeimer Candelario and one other hit over 1.1 innings in a loss to the Tigers on Friday. He struck out two.
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Grabs one-out save
PSt. Louis Cardinals
September 4, 2018
Hicks needed only one out to secure his sixth save of the season in Tuesday's 11-8 win over the Nationals.
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Closes out Dodgers
PSt. Louis Cardinals
August 22, 2018
Hicks struck out the side in a perfect ninth inning against the Dodgers on Wednesday en route to his fifth save of the season.
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Grabs third save
PSt. Louis Cardinals
August 12, 2018
Hicks gave up a hit and struck out one in 1.1 scoreless innings to pick up his third save of the season in Saturday's 8-3 win over the Royals.
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