Jordan Hicks
Jordan Hicks
23-Year-Old PitcherRP
St. Louis Cardinals
Out
Injury Elbow
Est. Return 9/1/2020
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
$Signed a one-year contract with the Cardinals in March of 2019.
Transferred back to 40-man roster
PSt. Louis Cardinals
Elbow
November 1, 2019
Hicks (elbow) was moved to the 40-man roster Friday.
ANALYSIS
Hicks underwent Tommy John surgery in July, so while he's expected to miss most if not all of the 2020 campaign, the club will move him back to the 40-man roster for now.
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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
 
51-60
 
61-70
 
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81-90
 
91-100
 
101-110
 
111-120
 
121+
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
21-30
 
31-40
 
41-50
 
51-60
 
61-70
 
71-80
 
81-90
 
91-100
 
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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
 
91-100
 
101-110
 
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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Moves to 60-day IL
PSt. Louis Cardinals
Elbow
July 11, 2019
Hicks (elbow) was transferred to the 60-day injured list Thursday, Rob Rains of StLSportsPage.com reports.
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Undergoes surgery
PSt. Louis Cardinals
Elbow
June 26, 2019
Hicks underwent Tommy John surgery Wednesday, Jon Heyman of MLB Network reports.
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Tommy John surgery scheduled
PSt. Louis Cardinals
Elbow
June 25, 2019
Hicks (elbow) will undergo Tommy John surgery Wednesday, Anne Rogers of MLB.com reports.
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Officially heads to IL
PSt. Louis Cardinals
Elbow
June 25, 2019
The Cardinals placed Hicks (elbow) on the 10-day injured list Tuesday.
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Diagnosed with torn UCL
PSt. Louis Cardinals
Elbow
June 24, 2019
Hicks was diagnosed with a torn UCL in his right elbow Monday.
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