Thursday, January 23, 2014

#147 Bryan Hickerson

About the Front: "Now pitching, number 41..." Other notable 41s in Giants history: Matty Alou, Darrell Evans, and Jeremy Affeldt.

About the Back: Bryan obviously went back to UM to finish his degree after being drafted. Good for him.

Triple Play:

1. He earned his first MLB win in his first start, blanking the Cardinals for seven innings on three hits on August 31, 1991.

2. Bryan's career ran aground in Colorado in 1995, probably because he was a pitcher trying to work in Denver. In 18 appearances totaling 16.2 innings, he gave up 24 runs (22 earned), 33 hits, and 13 walks. That's a tidy 11.88 ERA and 2.76 WHIP.

3. He and his wife Jo have been active in UPI: Unlimited Potential Inc., a baseball-themed Christian ministry.

11-Year-Old Kevin Says: So many of these guys aren't much more than a name to me. "Bryan Hickerson" sounded too nerdy to be a pro athlete...says somebody with an oddball name of his own.

Bill James Said: "He's a lefthander, and righthanded batters hit .307 against him." But he held lefties to a .551 OPS in 121 plate appearances, making him useful in his swingman role.

On This Date in 1993: January 23. Mike Kingery, who first signed with the Royals as an undrafted free agent in 1979 and spent the first seven years of his pro career in the Kansas City organization, returns to K.C. as a free agent. He will spend the entire 1993 season at AAA Omaha and then sign with the Rockies. In Colorado, he will finish third in the 1994 National League batting average race, hitting .349.

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