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does-brandon-hicks-deserve-a-shot-at-short | October | 2011 Articles

Does Brandon Hicks Deserve a Shot at Short?

Written by Joe Lucia on .

When talking about the Braves shortstop position for 2012, most of the focus goes towards two options: re-signing Alex Gonzalez, or promotiong Tyler Pastornicky from Gwinnett (after just 27 games at AAA) to be the starter. Well, if Gonzalez gets an offer from another team that he can't turn down (think a multi-year deal for at least $3 million a season), and the team decides Pastornicky isn't ready, there doesn't seem to be another option aside from signing another one of the light bat, strong glove options on the market.

But what about Brandon Hicks, a former top prospect?

All accounts seem to agree that Hicks is solid with the glove. He might not be at Gonzalez's level, but who is? He'd also be cheaper than some of the major league free agents. After a pair of sub-.700 OPS seasons in the minors, Hicks rebounded with Gwinnett last year to post a .779 OPS in 104 games with Gwinnett (while going just 1/21 at the major league level). Could he be worth a shot at the end of the day?

I ran his AAA stats for 2011 through a minor league equivalency calculator, and this is what I got.

370 AB, 40 R, 79 H, 12 2B, 1 3B, 14 HR, 39 RBI, 32 BB, 146 K, 7/10 SB, .213/.276/.362

Here is Alex Gonzalez's 2011 line.

564 AB, 59 R, 136 H, 27 2B, 1 3B, 15 HR, 56 RBI, 22 BB, 126 K, 2/2 SB, .241/.270/.372

Those overall slash lines really aren't that different. A six point difference in OBP and a ten point difference in SLG essentially even out. When you figure that Gonzalez would be getting paid upwards of five times as much as Hicks, the difference gets magnified a little more. Hicks' glove probably wouldn't be as good as Gonzalez's, but ther aren't many that are.

Just for the hell of it, I ran Tyler Pastornicky's 2011 Mississippi numbers through the calculator.

361 AB, 50 R, 106 H, 13 2B, 4 3B, 4 HR, 27 RBI, 18 BB, 37 K, 16/25 SB, .247/.283/.332 

The major difference in Pastornicky's line between the other two is his lack of power. The increase in OBP is offset by a massive drop off in power.

And because WHY THE HELL NOT, here's his brief Gwinnett tenure.

106 AB, 12 R, 33 H, 2 2B, 1 3B, 0 HR, 7 RBI, 6 BB, 12 K, 6/9 SB, .311/.350/.349

Oooooh. Now THAT looks sexy. Let's combine the two MLEs for Pastornicky to find an overall season total for him in comparison to Hicks and Gonzalez.

467 AB, 62 R, 139 H, 15 2B, 5 3B, 4 HR, 34 RBI, 24 BB, 49 K, 22/34 SB, .298/.332/.377

That....isn't bad at all, and probably the best overall option. Let's put all three in a row right now for a side to side comparison.

Hicks 2011 MLE: 370 AB, 40 R, 79 H, 12 2B, 1 3B, 14 HR, 39 RBI, 32 BB, 146 K, 7/10 SB, .213/.276/.362
Gonzalez 2011 ML: 564 AB, 59 R, 136 H, 27 2B, 1 3B, 15 HR, 56 RBI, 22 BB, 126 K, 2/2 SB, .241/.270/.372
Pastornicky 2011 MLE: 467 AB, 62 R, 139 H, 15 2B, 5 3B, 4 HR, 34 RBI, 24 BB, 49 K, 22/34 SB, .298/.332/.377

Well, looking at all that...Pastornicky looks like the best option of the three. All three of his slash stats are the highest. Gonzalez and Hicks look to be a wash overall. Considering all three have the reputation of being good with the glove, giving Pastornicky the job in 2012 might not be as bad of an idea as I have said in the past.
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When talking about the Braves shortstop position for 2012, most of the focus goes towards two options: re-signing Alex Gonzalez, https://goo.gl/UMn9GJ or promotiong Tyler Pastornicky from Gwinnett (after just 27 games at AAA) to be the starter. Well, if Gonzalez gets an offer from another team that he can't turn down (think a multi-year deal for at least $3 million a season), and the team decides Pastornicky isn't ready, there doesn't seem to be another option aside from signing another one of the light bat, strong glove options on the market.


But what about Brandon Hicks, a former top prospect?

All accounts seem to agree that Hicks is solid with the glove. He might not be at Gonzalez's level, but who is? He'd also be cheaper than some of the major league free agents. After a pair of sub-.700 OPS seasons http://congtysangoviet.com in the minors, Hicks rebounded with Gwinnett last year to post a .779 OPS in 104 games with Gwinnett (while going just 1/21 at the major league level). Could he be worth a shot at the end of the day?


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