The San Francisco Giants announced on Tuesday that infielder Brandon Hicks has cleared waivers and been outrighted to triple-A Fresno. Hicks was DFA’d to make room for Marco Scutaro.
Hicks hit .162/.280/.319 for the Giants with 8 HR and 22 RBI in 204 ABs as a part time infielder. The 28-year-old former Braves and A’s player was signed by the Giants as a free agent last November.
Hicks’ highlight as a Giant was a stretch of four games in late April-early May where he smacked 3 dingers. Tellingly, Hicks struck out three times in one of those games.
An all-or-nothing hitter like Hicks needs to have a lot more all and a lot less nothing if he wants to hang on. 8 homers in 204 ABs didn’t cut it. Still, his batting average was higher than Mike Olt’s. So maybe if the Cubs want another infielder who either puts one over the fence or strikes out, with nothing in between, they could call on Hicks.
These modern incarnations of Rob Deer are not all that entertaining to watch over the long run if you ask me. The occasional majestic bomb isn’t worth the endless whiffing you have to put up with. Some of these guys make Adam Dunn look like Tony Gwynn.