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 went 3-for-5 with a home run, five RBI and two runs scored in Sunday's win over the Twins. The Tigers scored 13 runs in this one, and a three-run homer from Hicks contributed to the damage. He's only an option while Miguel Cabrera is on the DL, but Hicks could provide some decent power numbers while he's in the lineup.
Hicks was recalled by the Tigers on Saturday. The Tigers will bring Hicks up to fill in at first base while Miguel Cabrera (groin) is on the disabled list. Hicks is in Saturday's lineup and will bat seventh in the order against Adalberto Mejia and the Twins. He got off to a hot start at Triple-A Toledo this season, hitting .424 with 12 RBI in 33 at-bats.
Hicks was optioned to Triple-A Toledo on Sunday, Evan Woodbery of MLive.com reports. Hicks had a brief stint with the Tigers last September, logging two at-bats in one game. The 27-year-old is the organization's third catcher, so he'd likely be the first one up if James McCann or Alex Avila were injured. Hicks slashed .303/.356/.485 at Triple-A Toledo last season, so he could put up decent numbers if he gets the call.
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.
|vs PAXTON (CAREER)||0/0||---||0||0||0||0||0|