The Dodgers have brought another light hitting infielder into the mix, although one with some pop. Per Eric Stephen the Dodgers have reportedly signed infielder Brandon Hicks to a minor league contract with an invite to spring training. Yes it’s the same infielder that played for the Giants in 2014.
Dodgers signed 2B Brandon Hicks to a minor league deal. Was 1 of 3 straight Giants' Brandons in 2014 w/Jason Bateman as PA at Dodger Stadium
— Eric Stephen (@truebluela) February 10, 2016
The 30-year old right handed bat has played in parts of four major league seasons for the Braves, A’s, and Giants from 2010-2014. Brandon Hicks was originally drafted by the Braves in the third round of the 2007 amateur draft. He made his MLB debut for Atlanta in 2010, and played parts of two seasons for the Braves. He played in 22 MLB games in 2012 after being claimed off of waivers by Oakland. Hicks batted .172 (11 for 64) with three home runs in 70 plate appearances.
Hicks appeared in 95 games for the PCL Las Vegas starts in 2013 after being signed by the New York Mets. He batted .283 for the Stars while blasting 11 home runs and posting a .348 OBP in 354 plate appearances. The Mets released him and he went back to the bay area in 2014 when he signed with the evil Giants. Hicks split time between the major league club and the triple-A Fresno Grizzlies.
While in Fresno Hicks played in 41 games and batted .218 with six home runs and 17 runs batted in. With the MLB Giants he showed some power hitting 8 home runs and driving in 22 runs in 242 plate appearances. However he posted a .172 average and struck out 77 times in 71 games.
Hicks did not see any MLB action in 2015 and spent the entire season with the triple-A Sacramento River Cats. He batted .220 with 2 home runs in 145 plate appearances and played in just 45 games. Overall Hicks has posted an MLB career slash line of .153/.258/.310 with 11 big league home runs in 340 plate appearances. Hicks is a .244 career minor league hitter with 99 home runs across six seasons.
As a defender, Hicks is rated as a little above average. As a minor leaguer Hicks has experience at all four infield positions, but played the majority of his time at shortstop. He played 539 games at shortstop in the minors and 122 games at second base. In the majors, Hicks has primarily played at second base (63 games) but has also seen some time at shortstop (24 games) and third base (9 games). He’s rated very highly at second base with a +8 total zone fielding runs above average and 11 defensive runs saved.
With the addition of Hicks the Dodgers now have 21 non-roster invites ready to arrive at spring camp.