Jordan Hicks: From Cardinals to Blue Jays
Next up is Jordan Hicks, a relief pitcher who, at the tender age of 27, is this winter's youngest MLB free agent (non-Yoshinobu Yamamoto division). Hicks has had a solid run with the Cardinals and Blue Jays, showcasing his potential as an elite reliever.
A Stellar Season
Despite his youth, Hicks has already carved out a name for himself in the league. In the 2023 season, he posted a 3.29 ERA with an impressive 81/32 K/BB ratio in 65.2 innings. His 28% strikeout rate, combined with a 58% groundball rate, makes him an enticing prospect for teams in need of a reliable relief pitcher.
The Uncertainty Factor
While Hicks' talent is undeniable, he has been inconsistent throughout his career. However, his stellar performance in the 2023 season suggests that he is hitting his stride, and if he can maintain this momentum, he could be a valuable asset for many teams.
The Phillies and Angels are potential fits for Hicks, but considering the Braves' need for a reliable bullpen arm, they should also be in the mix. Hicks' blend of youth and skill makes him an intriguing prospect, and it will be interesting to see where he lands.