Monday, November 26, 2012

Little deeper look at Hicks...

Most Mets fans have already heard by now that the team has acquired Brandon Hicks.  The 27 y/o right handed infielder was originally drafted by the Braves in 2007 and was slated for the Braves major league roster in 2012.  A bad spring resulted in Atlanta trying to slip him through waivers and the A's claiming him.  In 90 major league bats over three seasons between the Braves and A's he posted very pedestrian offensive numbers .133 / .204/ .289 and .493..

Aside from depth in Las Vegas what does Hicks bring to the table, it appears from looking into whats been said about him he has good range at short, a strong arm and base path speed.

A career .245 hitter in the minor leagues known for being a rangy defender with a strong arm, Hicks is batting .270 with 12 home runs and 44 RBIs for the River Cats. He has made five errors in 38 games at shortstop, and none in 27 games at second base, including two games in which he has played both. source Sacramento Bee

I will always remember Hicks as the player who scored 8 runs in the Majors before he ever got his first Major League hit -- he was used as a pinch runner a lot. I wish him luck with the A's; that might be a good spot for him. source Talking chop

Hicks' calling card as a minor leaguer has been his glove. He has a strong arm, good hands and is reportedly remarkably consistent. Hicks also has decent power for a shortstop, having collected double-digit homeruns in three of his last four minor league seasons. He is a free-swinger, however, and has more strike-outs than games played in three of his past four seasons. source Oakland Clubhouse