Twins Pitching Prospect Jackson Hicks, Has Been As Hot On The Mound As The Florida Summer Heat
Minnesota Twins pitching prospect Jackson Hicks, had a great debut to his Florida State League season in 2022, as he appeared in 36 games out of the pen, while posting a 5-3 record and a 2.98 ERA, with 58 Ks in 51.1 innings pitched.
The non-drafted Chapel Hill, NC native, started out 2023 as he left off in 2022, by throwing shutout baseball.
In April, Hicks threw five shutout innings out of the pen, spanning four games, before he gave up a run in his fifth game of the season. He finished the month with 7.1 innings pitched, three earned runs on seven hits, two walks and 11 Ks.
Hicks had an even better month of May, as he recorded a 2.00 ERA in six relief appearances, allowing just two earned runs on eight hits, while striking out 11 through nine appearances out of the pen.
The month of June seemed to be a struggle for Hicks in the numbers category, as he had a 8.10 ERA through nine games, allowing nine earned runs on 16 hits, with six walks and 10 strikeouts. The numbers tell one story, but there always is another and the month was not as bad as the ERA may say it was, as Hicks had just two games where he gave up not more then three runs and in five of the nine games in June, he pitched shutout baseball.
The dog days of summer seemed to bring out the best in Hicks, as he turned it around for July by recording a 2.08 ERA through eight appearances in relief, while also earning three victories. For the month, he threw 13 innings, earned a save, while allowing three earned runs, on 11 hits, walked two and struck out 17 batters. He ended the month not having allowed an earned run in four straight games.
So far in August, Hicks has been lights out, as he has appeared in 5.1 innings through three games, allowing just one hit, three walks and has struck out nine batters. He currently has a seven game streak where he has not allowed an earned run to cross the plate, spanning 10.1 innings of relief. On the season he is 5-1, with a 3.43 ERA, with three saves, in 32 appearances in relief, and 58 strikeouts through 44.2 innings pitched. He had 58 strikeouts in 51.1 innings pitched in 2022, through 36 games. He is definitely on track to have a much better minor league season.
From a pitcher who went drafted out of high school, pitched for the UNC club team, then went on to play Indy ball and has been in the minor leagues since 2021, Hicks has a grown a lot as a pitcher and just gets better every time he is called on the mound.
As the hot Florida days continue, Hicks has been just as hot on the mound, as he continues to be another bright spot on the Fort Myers Mighty Mussels pitching staff.
You can also check out the Jackson Hicks story on the Legends on Deck Podcast, Episode 27.