A warm welcome, indeed.
By now you have likely heard of the legendary Spring Training plate appearance between Cardinals pitcher Jordan Hicks and Mets infielder Luis Guillorme. When it was all over the plate appearance had gone over 12 minutes, 22 pitches, 16 foul balls, with pitch velocity spanning 101 to 83 mph, and ended in a walk. This was the first game-action for Hicks in 2 years so he exited the game having used all his daily allotted pitches on one-batter in the longest plate appearance in MLB history (the longest in the regular season went 21 pitches). Baseball Savant has a breakdown:
Jomboy also took a look:
Even though this appearance ultimately ended up in a walk, Jordan Hicks looked pretty good. He threw six pitches over 100 mph and induced a lot of swings out of the zone on his slider that were just barely fouled off. He even peppered in a changup just outside the zone. There are a lot of things to be excited about with Jordan Hicks, even if this particular game did not go perfectly his way.
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Nolan Gorman says he feels game-ready at second base. Would prefer to stay on dirt but will add outfield if asked. Has a glove for everything but first. Has texted with Dustin Pedroia about 2B advice. Said multiple times he just wants to help #STLCards win.
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