Brewer Hicklen couldn't help but laugh a little. Yes, he knew it would be Saturday in two days. Yes, that meant everyone's attention would be on college football. Yes, he knows he's 23 years old. But...
Hicklen homered three times for high Class A Wilmington in a 4-1 win over Salem. It came one day after Hicklen homered twice in the first game of a doubleheader. Hicklen has seven hits in the last two days, including five home runs.
Prospect Watch: Brewer Hicklen is Surging in Wilmington
As of right now, Brewer Hicklen is slashing .280/ .406/ .409 and has an OPS of .816. That goes along with just 4 long balls, but he also has 30 steals, good for 2nd best among Class A Advanced hitters. Hicklen is also no slouch on defense. He has fantastic range...
“We like to get the college players moving a hair faster, especially ones that are emotionally mature... And Hick is exactly that” Royals assistant GM J.J. Picollo said. “ When guys can handle a little bit of adversity along the way and not get sidetracked..."
UAB'S head baseball coach Brian Shoop was leaving church one fall Sunday in 2013 when he received a call from outfielder Brewer Hicklen, telling Shoop he was ready to accept a scholarship offer. There was a problem, though. There was no scholarship to be given...
“I’ve always kind of felt like football was going to be the path to college and I was going to play baseball on a football scholarship,” Hicklen said. “So I kind of focused a lot on getting my exposure out for football; I never really tried to do much for baseball..."
The tools are loud and they are impressive... Hicklen was promoted to High-A Wilmington in the middle of July because he was abusing Low-A pitchers, but returned to end the season to help Lexington win the South Atlantic League Championship.
"I knew that's where I needed to be and where God was calling to be for the next few years," Hicklen said. "I'm grateful for the opportunity. The Royals have a great farm system and great player development"
In 78 games with the Lexington Legends, Hicklen is slashing .308/.374/.555. The 2017 seventh round draft pick out of Alabama-Birmingham has hit 17 home runs on the year, 16 of those coming with the Legends.