Here’s a list of players age 19-20 to post a similar-ish wRC+ as Khalil Lee since 2007:
- Xander Bogaerts, 2012: 144
- Chance Sisco, 2015: 140
- Freddie Freeman, 2009: 139
- Chase Vallot, 2017: 136
- Khalil Lee, 2018: 134
- Nick Weglarz, 2008: 130
- Jose Peraza, 2014: 129
- Rougned Odor, 2013: 129
- Nicky Delmonico, 2013: 126
29. Brewer Hicklen, OF
Ht/Wt: 6’2″ 2018 lbs
Levels Played, 2018: Low-A (Lexington)
Acquired: 2017 MLB Draft, 7th Round
2018 Stats (A): 63 G, .302/.364/.545, 71 H, 14 2B, 2 3B, 13 HR, 47 RBI, 19 SB
I will say proudly that I drove the Brewer Hicklen hype-train starting the day he was drafted by the Royals. Seeing the results play out in full-season ball has only added to this.
In addition to being a wide receiver on the football team at UAB, Hicklen translated his athletic skillset to all over the diamond (played both catcher and outfield), putting up two monster seasons in Conference USA, slashing a combined .307/.417/.494 in 107 games. With a perfect mold for the Royals, he was snatched in the seventh round, a bit later than he was projected to go. He ended up taking full advantage against less-advanced arms in the AZL and Pioneer League last year, hitting .321/.409/.532 for his professional debut.
Wide range of outcomes here. AJ Puk is one of (if not the) best LHP prospects in all of baseball. Mark Appel was a former number 1 overall pick that had some injuries and just never panned out. Keone Kela is a pretty good reliever who posted a 1.5 fWAR season back in 2015 and has already accrued 1.1 fWAR in 33 innings this season. Shelby Miller is a former top SP prospect that should probably just relocate to the bullpen at this point (was awesome with the Braves, has been bad since 2015). Jose Torres was in San Diego’s bullpen and doing fine until he was suspended for the 2018 season for domestic violence. Corbin Martin is currently tearing up AA.
Brewer Hicklen is moving up to High-A Wilmington:
Check out this gem of a tweet from 2012: