Feb 26, 2015; Peoria, AZ, USA; Seattle Mariners catcher John Hicks poses for a portrait during photo day at Peoria Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
#14 – John Hicks – C
John Hicks was originally drafted in the fourth round of the 2011 draft out of the University of Virginia. The 26-year-old backstop has fared well thus far in spring training, going 3 for 9 with 1 double and 1 RBI. Hicks has appeared in 7 games this spring, and he has done a nice job defensively.
The Goochland, VA product started last season with the Jackson Generals of the Southern League, before earning a promotion to the Tacoma Rainiers in early July. Hicks posted a .290 batting average with 5 home runs and 47 RBI’s across 290 plate appearances between Jackson and Tacoma. Hicks registered a .351 on base percentage and slugged .403 in 2014. Hicks recorded a .996 fielding percentage last season, and threw out 38% of potential base stealers.
While it is unlikely John Hicks breaks camp with the M’s, I could see him making his big league debut at some point during the 2015 season. Hicks could use a tad bit more seasoning and should start the year with the Rainiers.
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