Jordan Hicks Stats
- Height / Weight
- 6' 2" / 185 lbs.
- Date of Birth (Age)
- 9/6/1996 (24)
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St. Louis Cardinals relief pitcher Jordan Hicks (elbow) could return in August as a "best case" scenario, according to team President of Baseball Operations John Mozeliak. The triple-digit fastball-throwing 24-year-old received an injection in mid-May and is fully shut down from throwing at this point. Since undergoing Tommy John Surgery almost two years ago, Hicks has made only 10 appearances at the big league level. The Cardinals will certainly be careful with him and there's reason to believe he may ultimately be shut down for the season. Any fantasy managers still holding onto Hicks may be able to make better use of that IL spot in this injury-filled season.
St. Louis Cardinals relief pitcher Jordan Hicks (elbow) was placed on the 10-day injured list on Tuesday with inflammation in his right elbow, according to MLB.com's Zachary Silver. Hicks exited Saturday's game with what was announced to be soreness and inflammation in his elbow after pitching 2/3 innings against the Pirates. General manager John Mozeliak said that the team is going to get a second opinion, but for now they are continuing to call it inflammation. Currently surgery is not being considered an option, and the team does not believe the injury is directly related to his Tommy John surgery. A possibility that's being considered is Hicks receiving a PRP or stem cell injection, which Silver reports would keep Hicks out of action for four weeks at least.
St. Louis Cardinals relief pitcher Jordan Hicks (elbow) will be out at least four weeks according to GM John Mozeliak. Hicks landed on the injured list with inflammation in his right elbow. After his 2019 Tommy John Surgery, Hicks experienced a setback in the 2020 season, but was pitching well (and still easily touching triple digits) in 2021. He likely won't throw at all for at least two weeks, and then depending on how things go, he'd need to throw several bullpens and minor league rehab games before returning to the big league mound.
St. Louis Cardinals relief pitcher Jordan Hicks enters the 2021 season as the Cardinals closer, and despite having all the talent to successfully fill the role, there remains a big question mark around his health. Hicks succeeded in the role in 2019 by converting 14 of his 15 save opportunities with a 3.14 ERA and 0.94 WHIP in 28 2/3 innings (29 appearances). That ERA is supported by a 3.07 xFIP and 3.25 SIERA.Hicks' 2019 season ended in June after having Tommy John surgery, which resulted in him missing all of 2020. Hicks came to prominence after making his debut in 2018 and threw the fastest recorded pitch in history at the time, as well as having a sinker averaging over 100 mph over the last two years. That extreme velocity hasn't quite translated into a high strikeout rate, though, as his 2019 28.2% strikeout rate would have only ranked him 48th among qualified relievers. The concern for Hicks is his walk rate, which he actually lowered to 10.0% in 2019 (down from 13.3%). His career 12.5% walk rate is 11th-worst of all 108 relievers who threw 100-plus innings between 2018-2019. Pitchers returning from Tommy John surgery generally struggle with their control when they return, so that walk rate could lead to struggles. For a Cardinals team looking to contend in 2021, his leash might not be long enough to work through those problems. He's pitched just 1 2/3 innings in Grapefruit League play so far to the tune of a 5.40 ERA, 1.80 WHIP, and 2:3 K/BB ratio with one hit batter. It's way too small of a sample to judge him on as his health is the most important factor right now. He's suffered no setbacks and looks to be 100% healthy as the regular season approaches. The Cards can still use Giovanny Gallegos as the closer to start the year, especially if Hicks is still working out the kinks. Hicks' 238 ADP does offer value, even though it's been jumping up over the last week. If he can start the season effectively and eventually earn that full time closer role then a 30-save season isn't beyond the realm of possibilities.