Reportedly called up to take the place of the injured Yunel Escobar on the roster, just in case anyone misses Jesse Garcia. Drafted out of Texas A&M in the third round of the 2007 draft, Hicks looked at first like he might be a low-average power-hitting type, but a lot of the power has disappeared as he’s moved up the ladder.
In 2007, he actually hit .285 with a .414 OBP, but that was in Danville and Rome, and a college player should be dominant at that level. He went to Myrtle Beach the next year, and hit .234, but also hit 19 homers in 93 games. Unfortunately, he hit only one in 16 games for Mississippi, putting up a .241/.333/.398 line, which he followed the next season with .237/.319/.373. This year in Gwinnett, he’s hitting .179/.258/.262.
Supposedly, he’s got a great glove. I’m not totally convinced, because I don’t really trust minor league fielding statistics, and the law of backup catcher defense also applies to infielders: if they can’t hit, they must be great defensive players, otherwise they wouldn’t be playing professionally, would they? 41 of 52 as a basestealer, including 17 of 18 last year.
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