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A’s Claim Brandon Hicks Off Waivers

March 13, 2012

The A’s claimed infielder Brandon Hicks off of waivers from the Atlanta Braves today. In a related move the A’s placed Brett Anderson on 60-day disabled list. Hicks, who is 26, has a total of 28 plate appearances in MLB to his name. He hasn’t done much with the opportunities provided to him in Atlanta going 1-for-26 giving him an .038/.107/.038 slash line with an equally anemic .081 wOBA and pathetic -67 wRC+. So then why do Billy Beane and the A’s want him? It is not particularly clear. He hasn’t been a terrible MiLB player but he also has been far from a coveted one. In 473 games he has amassed 1,923 plate appearances owning a .241/.331/.417 slash line with a 10.3% BB% and a 27.3% K% which again do not demonstrate any sort of unique or special ability. The former Texas A&M Aggie is not someone I’d first look to to fill out a roster. That said, he can play third base and it seems he is a better insurance policy for Josh Donaldson not working out than say, Melvin Mora.

This spring Hicks has thus far kept up his numbers from his limited time in the pros with a .100/.182/.200 slash line in 11 plate appearances.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Kasper & Ghosts permalink
    March 14, 2012 12:03 am

    Not very impressive but he’s got some power with 18 homers last year. Better than Andy Laroche.. I’m missing Kevin Kouzmanoff right now. Not sold on Donaldson yet.

    • March 14, 2012 2:43 am

      He does have some pop. Not really a grade A prospect by any means though. Not even really a grade B or C. I gotta say, I don’t miss Kevin Kouzmanoff at all. I still think Donaldson can be a good addition at third, time will tell.

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