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
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$Signed a one-year contract with the Cardinals in March of 2019.
Suffers loss
PSt. Louis Cardinals
May 19, 2019
Hicks (1-2) allowed two runs on three hits with one strikeout and one walk across 1.1 innings while taking a loss against the Rangers on Sunday.
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The Cardinals asked far more of Hicks than they usually do, as the 22-year-old threw 39 pitches Sunday afternoon. Unsurprisingly, this did not end well. After facing two batters in the eighth and pitching a perfect ninth, Hicks allowed the first three hitters of the 10th to reach base. Carlos Martinez came on, but he couldn't put out the fire fast enough for Hicks to avoid the loss. Hicks dropped to 1-2 with a 2.81 ERA, 1.06 WHIP and 21 strikeouts in 16 innings this year.
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Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2017
 
 
-45%
BAA vs RHP
2019
 
 
-57%
BAA vs RHP
2018
 
 
-43%
BAA vs RHP
2017
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BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2017vs Left .263 203 36 27 45 5 1 3
Since 2017vs Right .144 198 55 25 24 3 0 0
2019vs Left .259 32 10 4 7 2 0 1
2019vs Right .111 30 11 3 3 0 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
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2017
 
 
-45%
ERA on Road
2019
 
 
-73%
ERA at Home
2018
 
 
-59%
ERA on Road
2017
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ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2017Home 4.47 1.53 46.1 1 1 8 7.8 6.8 0.4
Since 2017Away 2.47 1.06 47.1 3 5 7 9.7 3.2 0.2
2019Home 1.17 0.91 7.2 0 0 6 16.4 4.7 1.2
2019Away 4.32 1.20 8.1 1 2 3 7.6 3.2 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
2017Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017Away 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.

* Exit Velocity, Barrels/BBE %, Balls Hit 95+ MPH %, and Spin Rate are benchmarked against this season's data (min 20 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.
K/BB
3.00
 
K/9
11.8
 
BB/9
3.9
 
HR/9
0.6
 
Fastball
101.1 mph
 
ERA
2.81
 
WHIP
1.06
 
BABIP
.272
 
GB/FB
4.00
 
Left On Base
76.9%
 
Exit Velocity
87.9 mph
 
Barrels/BBE
6.7%
 
Spin Rate
2088 rpm
 
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
33.3%
 
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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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Save chances remain sparse
PSt. Louis Cardinals
May 15, 2019
Hicks, who most recently allowed a hit and a walk while recording a strikeout over an inning in a loss to the Pirates last Friday, hasn't seen a save opportunity since April 29.
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Fans two batters
PSt. Louis Cardinals
May 6, 2019
Hicks struck out the only two batters he faced in a non-save situation during Monday's 6-0 win over the Phillies.
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Secures ninth save
PSt. Louis Cardinals
April 29, 2019
Hicks struck out one in a perfect ninth inning Monday to record his ninth save of the season in a 6-3 win over the Nationals.
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Notches eighth save
PSt. Louis Cardinals
April 27, 2019
Hicks struck out one and allowed no hits in a scoreless inning Saturday, earning the save in a 6-3 win over the Reds.
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Notches another save
PSt. Louis Cardinals
April 24, 2019
Hicks earned the save by striking out the lone batter he faced in Tuesday's 5-2 win over the Brewers.
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