MB 100 | Top 40 | No. 30 John Hicks, C

30== Athletic catcher went backward with the bat ==

MB 100 | No. 30 John Hicks

C | 2014 Age: 24 | Bats: RH | 6-2, 210

4th round of 2011 draft out of Virginia

2013 ranking: No. 27

Year Age Tm Lev G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
2011 21 Clinton A 38 148 139 21 43 9 2 2 26 2 3 5 17 .309 .331 .446 .777
2012 22 High Desert A+ 121 538 506 87 158 32 2 15 79 22 8 28 73 .312 .351 .472 .824
2013 23 Jackson AA 80 327 296 40 70 14 1 4 29 13 4 22 62 .236 .301 .331 .632
3 Seasons 239 1013 941 148 271 55 5 21 134 37 15 55 152 .288 .332 .424 .756
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 3/21/2014.

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Spectometer Analysis:

Year Age Lvl HR% BB% XBH + BB% ISO K% PSA+ Conv+ Comp
Age Arc Slugger > 4% Goal > 8.5% Goal > 19% Goal > .200 Goal < 20% Strong Prospect > 100
2011 21 “+1” 1.35% 3.38% 12.16% 0.137 11.49% 65 85 51
2012 22 “+1” 2.79% 5.20% 14.31% 0.160 13.57% 79 92 71
2013 23 “+1” 1.22% 6.73% 12.54% 0.095 18.96% 59 59 18

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Special Sauce:

  • Threw out 49.3% of base-stealers in 2013, after gunning down 54% in 2012 and 44% in 2011.
  • Stole 22 bases in 2012, but dipped to 13 (vs. 4 caught-stealing) in 2013.
  • As you probably know by now, college teammates with Danny Hultzen, Chris Taylor, Steven Proscia and Andrew Carraway at [NCAA Hoop No. 1 seed!] Virginia.

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Commentary:

Clearly Hicks’ offensive potential was inflated by High Desert, and he struggled with the bat after his promotion to AA Jackson.

Since Hicks avoids both walks and strikeouts, his results will depend heavily on balls-in-play, and his BABIP in 2013 was .284, leading to the depressing .301 OBP.  With that approach, his OBP will never be much higher than his BABIP (in 2012: BABIP = .341, OBP = .351).

But he also had a big dip in power, with his ISO dropping below .100.

So the potential for Hicks to be a backstop with some interesting offensive upside took a hit.

But as an athletic catcher, with a big arm and that impressive gun-down rate, Hicks still rates, and the organization reportedly loves him.

That would put him on track to back up Mike Zunino some day, if the two youngsters coming up behind him don’t pass him first.

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Extra Innings:

This one never gets old.  Chris Taylor driving in the winning run in the 2011 Super Regional for the team filled with future Mariner prospects.

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