John Hicks has bounced around the minors for the majority of his career thus far, appearing briefly for the Mariners in 2015 before being waived by them. The catcher was claimed by the Twins and started the 2016 season with their Triple-A Rochester affiliate, where he batted .242 in nine games before being waived and picked up by the Tigers, who assigned him to their Double-A affiliate Erie. Hicks excelled there, slashing .388/.426/.510 in 14 games before being promoted to Triple-A Toledo. There he slashed .303/.356/.485 in 70 games, swatting 8 homers to go along with his 42 RBI before being called up to the majors. The 27-year-old played in only one game for the Tigers after being called up, going 1-for-2 with a double and a run scored. With Jarrod Saltalamacchia hitting free agency, the Tigers are in need of a backup for James McCann, a role that could belong to Hicks barring any free agent signings.
Hicks has seen action is just one game since his call-up when rosters expanded in September. He went 1-for-2 with a double back on September 10, but he just hasn't gotten any time on the field or at the plate even with the struggles of the Tigers' primary catchers.
The Tigers have recalled Farmer from Triple-A Toledo. Hicks hit the ball well with Toledo this season, posting a .310/.358/.480 slash line over 93 games. However, he will in all likelihood serve as the Tigers' third catcher for the month of September.
Hicks will be recalled from Triple-A Toledo on Friday. Hicks has put together a solid season with Toledo, as he has a .303 batting average and .842 OPS with 42 RBI over 70 games. It's quite possible that he could spend some time behind the plate once he joins the big club, as neither James McCann or Jarrod Saltalamacchia have a batting average above .220.
Hicks may be called up when rosters expand in September. Detroit intends to add a third catcher and Hicks is on the 40-man roster. He's white-hot in his last 10 games, hitting .351 (13-for-37). And overall, Hicks is batting .300 with eight home runs, 20 doubles and 41 RBI in 67 games with Triple-A Toledo.
Hicks was claimed off waivers by the Tigers on Saturday. Hicks failed to make the Twins' Opening Day roster out of camp, and he'll now head to Double-A Erie for his first action with the Tigers organization. The 26-year-old hit .242 in 33 at-bats for the Twins' Triple-A club through nine games this season.