Jordan Hicks
Jordan Hicks
23-Year-Old PitcherRP
St. Louis Cardinals
60-Day IL
Injury Elbow
Est. Return 7/30/2020
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.
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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Manager Mike Shildt described Hicks as "feeling good" overall, but he didn't yet have any direct feedback on Saturday's session when he met with reporters after summer camp workouts concluded for the day. Nevertheless, any news of Hicks continuing on a regular throwing routine is certainly welcome and supports the notion he'll have a chance to possibly make an impact in the second half of the truncated 60-game regular season.
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Pitching Appearances Breakdown
Average Pitch Count
16
Last 10 Games
16
Last 5 Games
14
How many pitches does Jordan Hicks generally throw?
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
21-30
 
31-40
 
41-50
 
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111-120
 
121+
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
21-30
 
31-40
 
41-50
 
51-60
 
61-70
 
71-80
 
81-90
 
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111-120
 
121+
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
21-30
 
31-40
 
41-50
 
51-60
 
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81-90
 
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111-120
 
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 2017
 
 
-47%
BAA vs RHP
2019
 
 
-55%
BAA vs RHP
2018
 
 
-43%
BAA vs RHP
2017
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BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2017vs Left .261 215 38 30 47 6 1 3
Since 2017vs Right .139 234 63 26 28 3 0 1
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
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
 
 
-48%
ERA on Road
2019
 
 
-2%
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 4.50 1.43 56.0 2 1 10 7.7 6.3 0.5
Since 2017Away 2.32 1.01 50.1 3 5 10 9.5 3.0 0.2
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
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 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
2.82
 
K/9
9.7
 
BB/9
3.5
 
HR/9
0.6
 
Fastball
101.2 mph
 
ERA
3.14
 
WHIP
0.94
 
BABIP
.219
 
GB/FB
5.00
 
Left On Base
70.2%
 
Exit Velocity
86.5 mph
 
Barrels/BBE
4.9%
 
Spin Rate
2036 rpm
 
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
26.2%
 
Swinging Strike
12.1%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
2019
2017
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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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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Could be 'key member' of staff
PSt. Louis Cardinals
Elbow
May 14, 2020
Hicks (elbow), who could return from Tommy John surgery shortly after the start of the proposed abbreviated regular season, may play an integral relief role according to president of baseball operations John Mozeliak, Rick Hummel of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports. "Given the circumstances of the season, the likelihood of his being able to contribute are a lot different than had it been a normal year," Mozeliak said. "There is some optimism that if we do have a season, he'll have some way of being a key member of it."
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Throwing off mound
PSt. Louis Cardinals
Elbow
April 30, 2020
President of baseball operations John Mozeliak said Thursday that Hicks (elbow) has advanced to throwing 30-pitch bullpen sessions of "moderate intensity" in recent weeks, Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
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