Rowan Wick looks to jump-start the Chiefs offense
Rowan Wick has steadily become one of the most talked about prospects in the Cardinals organization. The buzz started when Wick made State College history in his 2014 debut. Wick blasted two homers and five RBI, becoming the first player to hit two homers in their State College debut and only the eighth player for State College to hit two home runs in a game.
Wick didn’t slow down from there and engraved his name in the record books just four days later. Wick launched another two homers in State College’s 6-3 win over Williamsport on June 16. Wick become the only player for State College to have two multi-homerun games in a season. This feat was accomplished just four games into the season.
Wick would solidify himself as one of the greatest power hitters to play for State College on the night of July 2. Wick drilled a three-run homer over the right field wall, his 11th of the year. This blast made Wick the record holder for home runs in a season, breaking former Chief David Washington’s record of 10. Wick accomplished this feat in only 19 games. Wick was also named the Cardinals Player of the Month in June.
Wick was finally promoted to Peoria on July 23 after batting .378 with 14 homers and 38 RBI. In his first game with the Chiefs, Wick collected his first hit as a Chief and, wouldn’t you know it, it was a three-run home run, which cleared Legends Landing in right field. Below is the homer:
Wick showed that he could provide runs without having to belt one out of the stadium in his very next game with the Chiefs. He ripped a clean RBI single into right field, which plated the speedster Vaughn Bryan.
So now that the awe from his absolute bomb at Dozer Park on July 23 is starting to wear off, let’s take a look at what Wick means to this lineup moving forward. Wick is most likely going to be slotted in the 3-6 range of the lineup, which has him batting either in front of or behind the likes of Justin Ringo, Carson Kelly, Ronald Castillo, Steve Bean and sometimes Luis Perez.
In Wick’s debut with the Chiefs, the 3-4-5-6 hitters were Kelly, Ringo, Castillo, and Wick. They combined to go 5-17 with four runs scored and Wick’s homer and three RBI. In last night’s game, it was Ringo, Castillo, Wick, and Bean combining to go only 2-14 with another RBI by Wick.
Having Wick in the middle of the Chiefs lineup will lead to a much needed boost to the offense. In only two games, Wick already has produced four RBI. There were also numerous times during those two games where there were runners in scoring position, but Wick was left in the on-deck circle and the Chiefs were unable to produce runs.
Imagine slotting Wick in the three hole. Yes, it may be premature as it is only his third game with the Chiefs, but having Wick batting directly behind Bryan and CJ McElroy is a deadly combination. Bryan and McElroy both have incredible speed on the base paths and high on-base percentages. Having Wick step into the batters box with Bryan and McElroy on base is just asking for some Peoria Chiefs runs.
Wick being added to our roster couldn’t have come at a better time as we are chasing a playoff spot, something we have not obtained since 2009. Wick’s power could possibly be the necessary addition we need to end that drought.