- Full name Rowan D. Wick
- Born 11/09/1992 in North Vancouver, BC, Canada
- Profile Ht.: 6'3" / Wt.: 234 / Bats: L / Throws: R
- School Cypress CC
- Debut 08/31/2018
Drafted in the 9th round (300th overall) by the St. Louis Cardinals in 2012 (signed for $75,000).
View Draft ReportA 19th-round pick out of a Vancouver high school in 2010, Wick started his collegiate career at St. John's before transferring to Cypress. He created some buzz among scouts in the fall but had a pedestrian spring for Cypress, hitting .310 in just 87 at-bats, though he heated up down the stretch and finished with a team-best six homers. At 6-foot-4, 225 pounds, Wick stands out for his plus to plus-plus raw power, but his feel for hitting is a huge question mark. He also has an above-average arm and average speed. Wick's raw tools are intriguing, but he has a long way to go to harness them.
Organization Prospect Rankings
A Canadian prep product out of the Vancouver area, Wick began his collegiate career at St. John's before transferring to Cypress (Calif.) JC. The ex-catcher intrigues because of his plus raw power and right-field profile. Scouts grade his outfield arm as double-plus, with some giving him top-of-the-scale 80 grades, and he turned in 12 outfield assists in 2014. His bat is another interesting story. Wick hit his way out of the short-season New York Penn League after 35 games, leading the league in slugging (.815) even after being penalized with the 64 hitless at-bats needed to qualify. One scout called Wick's swing "a beautiful stroke," but others consider it too grooved, in the same place at the same speed with same path, a tendency that was exploited by better pitchers at low Class A Peoria. He's a decent runner for his size. Wick's power prompted his name to come up in 2014 trade talk, and his power could push him to Double-A Springield by the end of 2015.
Minor League Top Prospects
A native of Vancouver, B.C., Wick started his college career at St. John's, then transferred to Cypress (Calif.) JC, where he tantalized scouts with his size and raw tools, but his performance was uneven. He has continued to flash plus to plus-plus raw power in his first three years in pro ball, but he has also struck out nearly 30 percent of the time as a pro. Wick terrorized the NYPL this summer, tying for the league lead with 14 homers despite being promoted after just 35 games, and he led the circuit in slugging (.815) even after being penalized with the 64 hitless at-bats needed to qualify. He struggled mightily in the Midwest League, however, and that stunned NYPL managers, whose pitchers couldn't get him out. Wick is a pull-oriented hitter but also showed some juice to left-center field. Generally regarded as a free-swinger before and after his NYPL stint, he showed a fairly disciplined approach at State College, laying off breaking balls out of the zone and getting himself into good hitter's counts. Wick also has a plus arm and enough speed to play a sound right field, where he profiles well if he can improve his contact rate against more advanced pitchers.