Catcher, Class AA Jackson Generals
Selected in the fourth round of the 2011 amateur draft out of the University of Virginia.
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Hicks is considered to be one of the best defensive catchers in the organization. He’s got a cannon for an arm and is athletic enough that he can play left field in a pinch. After putting up solid numbers at Class A High Desert in 2012, Hicks struggled last season in Jackson, hitting .236 with a .632 OPS. A groin injury cost him part of the season, and he played in just 80 games. His defense was still stellar. He threw out 35 of 71 base stealer. He’s having a bounce-back season. Hicks is in the midst of a 10-game hit streak, when he’s batting .421 (16 for 38) with three doubles, a triple and home run with seven runs batted in. For the season, Hicks is hitting .294 with a .757 OPS in 28 games.
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