Hicks First Non-Roster Cardinal Sent Out

photo: Jordan Hicks (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

Jordan Hicks (Steve Mitchell/USA TODAY Sports)

On Thursday, right-handed pitcher Jordan Hicks, The Cardinal Nation’s seventh-ranked prospect for 2018, was the first of the St. Louis Cardinals’ 24 non-roster invitees of the spring to be re-assigned to minor league camp.

The hard-thrower, whose fastball can hit triple digits, gave up a hit and had two strikeouts in one scoreless inning for St. Louis this spring, on February 23. In 2017, the 6-foot-2, 185-pounder ended the regular season with Springfield, but did not pitch above high-A Palm Beach until a successful stint in the Arizona Fall League.

As regular minor league camp does not open until March 9, the 21-year old will join the 32 prospects currently preparing for spring training in the Cardinals’ STEP Camp (Spring Training Early Program).

Though Hicks is considered future closer material, the Cardinals could continue to have him start every fifth day in the minors this season to get in regular work and have more opportunity to fine tune all of his pitches.

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