Seattle Selects Hultzen’s Battery Mate, John Hicks, at #123
We’ve seen stuff like this happen before. Remember when we picked Ackley and half his draft-eligible teammates and some other guys who happened to be in state? Maybe we’re going to do it again this year with Hultzen and his posse.
The trouble with Hicks is that he’s considered a fringy catcher, a guy that is not entirely a lock to stick, which means that most of the news articles you’ll see on this guy in the coming years are going to mention Roger Hansen in some way. If he stays behind the plate, the offense is pretty good for it. The batting line this season is .339/.383/.516 with a 18/17 K/BB. He’s thought of as more of a gap hitter than anything else, and that shows up as a quarter of his hits went for doubles. He kind of slashes at the ball with a bit of an uppercut, but the loft seems decent enough and since it’s 2011 footage, the pop seems legitimate enough.
As a catcher, he’s not a bad pick. If he has to move off to really any other position, he’s not that exciting, and the best case scenario would be something like Chris Gimenez where he catches off and on and plays corner infield and outfield the rest of the time. That’s not so interesting a player, so hopefully he sticks behind the plate and somehow helps convince Hultzen to come on over.