John Hicks, Catcher, Detroit Tigers, #55
Date of Birth: 8/31/1989
Birthplace: Richmond, Virginia
College: University of Virginia
John Hicks, catcher for the Detroit Tigers, was first drafted in 2008 by the Los Angeles Angels but he opted instead to attend the University of Virginia. Three years later, he signed with the Seattle Mariners. He played in the Mariners' minor league system from 2011 through most of 2015. In 403 games, he batted .280 with 428 hits, 82 doubles, 216 RBIs, and 289 strikeouts to 99 walks. Defensively, as a catcher, he made 296 assists, 2,558 putouts, and 24 errors in 353 games. He caught players trying to steal 47% of the time and he had a .992 fielding percentage.
Hicks played in 17 games with the Mariners in 2015. The Minnesota Twins claimed him off waivers on December 2, 2015. The Tigers acquired him on April 23, 2016. He spent most of the 2016 season back in the minors, playing in just one game with the Tigers.
In 2017, Hicks batted .266 in 60 games with the Tigers. Defensively, he played 26 games at first base and 18 games as a catcher.