Redshirt sophomore Brewer Hicklen was taken in the seventh round of the 2017 MLB Draft, 210th overall, by the Kansas City Royals on Tuesday afternoon.
This was the highest ever selection for a UAB baseball player in the MLB Draft.
It’s a much deserved selection for Hicklen who has been the best player for UAB baseball the past two seasons.
In 2016 as a redshirt freshman he hit .289 with a team-high 37 runs scored, 3 home runs, 26 RBI and a team-high 22 stolen bases.
He followed that up this year by leading the team with a .328 average, 43 runs scored, 8 home runs, 31 RBI and 17 stolen bases. All of those numbers were tops on the team.
Hicklen truly is a five-tool player as he can hit, hit for power, steal bases, throws well and plays exceptional defense in center field.
Brewer played high school baseball at Huntsville High School, and is listed at 6-foot-2, 208 pounds on the UAB roster.
Hicklen is also on the UAB football team, and was expected to be part of #theReturn this fall.
The approximate value of the 210th pick according to MLB.com is almost $197,000.
Hicklen will have to decide whether or not he can pass up that kind of cash to come back and play for UAB. He has two years of eligibility left, but teams usually aren’t going to waste a pick that early in the draft unless they know they can sign the player.
With that being said, I selfishly would love to see Hicklen come back for at least one more year. He is an exciting player to watch on the diamond, and I’d love to see what he can do on the gridiron as well.
Congratulations to Brewer Hicklen and his family. And whatever his decision may be, we wish him all the best and we’re thankful for his time as a Blazer.