Jordan Hicks Stats
- Height / Weight
- 6' 2" / 185 lbs.
- Date of Birth (Age)
- 9/6/1996 (25)
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St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Jordan Hicks (elbow) is unlikely to pitch again in 2021, according to Jeff Jones of the Belleville News Democrat. General manager John Mozeliak said that it doesn't seem that it will be very likely that Hicks will pitch again for St. Louis this season, and the team is currently focused on finding a spot for him to pitch on a winter league team. Hicks has been out since the beginning of May with right elbow inflammation, and had only just begun throwing again last week. At this point, it appears there's no reason for managers in redraft formats to continue to roster him.
St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Jordan Hicks (elbow) threw a bullpen session at Busch Stadium on Monday. It was the first time he's thrown since landing on the 10-day injured list with right elbow inflammation. The Cardinals right-hander has been sidelined since early May and reportedly was uncertain to return this season. Hicks is trending in the right direction and, barring any setbacks, could begin a rehab assignment soon. He owned a 5.40 ERA, 1.40 WHIP, and 10 strikeouts across 10 appearances in 2021. Hicks remains day-to-day and fantasy managers with an open IL spot can continue to stash him in in deep-league formats.
St. Louis Cardinals relief pitcher Jordan Hicks (elbow) is quietly working his way back and has been doing light throwing as part of his program. Hicks has had no setbacks and said, "I see light at the end of the tunnel for sure, but I know I have to be patient. There's still a lot of work to do." The hard-throwing right-hander has been on the shelf since early May due to pain in his surgically repaired right elbow, and he's still not a lock to return this season. The 24-year-old had allowed six earned runs on five hits while walking 10 and striking out 10 in 10 innings of work before going on the injured list in 2021. Hicks has the potential to be a lights-out ninth-inning reliever for the Cards with his triple-digit heater, but he still has a long ways to go in order to return, and despite a blown save on Tuesday night, Alex Reyes has been excellent in the closing role for St. Louis.
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.