Kansas City Royals: Prospect to Watch, Brewer Hicklen

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The Lexington Legends have had quite a season, and they are likely headed for the postseason. One of the players who has been successful for the Kansas City Royals’ Class A affiliate is Brewer Hicklen.

Brewer Hicklen caught the attention of MLB Pipeline by hitting home runs in back to back games. The outfielder, who currently resides with the Lexington Legends, has been performing well for the Kansas City Royals A ball affiliate.

By the Numbers

Brewer Hicklen played with both the Wilmington Blue Rocks and the Lexington Legends throughout the course of the 2018 season. He played with the Legends from April 22 to July 18 before he was optioned down to Wilmington for a month, and then he returned to the Legends on August 15.

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.

Brewer Hicklen sits in the number 21 spot on MLB Pipeline’s list of Top 30 prospects within the Kansas City Royals organization. Overall on the season, his slash sits at .289/.353/.507, which is still fairly decent. There is no doubt that he is thriving with the Lexington Legends, and he has been instrumental in their successful last month of play.

He grades out as an overall 45 grade player, with running as his strongest suit. The righty has improved tremendously throughout the 2018 season, so hopefully that bodes well for the future.

When will he make his MLB debut?

MLB Pipeline predicts he will first appear in the Major Leagues in 2021. Because the Kansas City Royals have a lot of good young outfield talent, that seems like an accurate ballpark estimate of when he will get the call up.

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Brewer Hicklen is a player to keep your eye on as he moves through the farm system. As the youth movement takes over, he may stand a chance to play a large outfield role for the Kansas City Royals in the coming years.