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Cardinals spring training

St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Jordan Hicks throws to live hitters during St. Louis Cardinals spring training on Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018, in Jupiter, Fla. Photo by Chris Lee,

Chris Lee

JUPITER, Fla. • Fireballer Jordan Hicks, one of the hard-throwing pitching prospects the Cardinals envision as potential options to be late-inning relievers later this season, is no longer in big league camp.

The Cardinals sent Hicks down to STEP (spring training early program) camp, where the organization has several top young prospects who were not invited to big league camp.

“He has some things to work on,” manager Mike Matheny said of Hicks, whose fastball has been clocked at 100-mph.

The 6-foot-2, 185-pound Hicks was 8-3 with a 2.74 ERA in 22 outings between Low Class A Peoria and High Class A Palm Beach last season.

He had two strikeouts in one scoreless innings over one Grapefruit League outing.

“Just some things to work on,” Matheny said. “I like the kid a lot, excited to help him. … His stuff’s undeniable. He’s got really good stuff, but stuff doesn’t just automatically translate into success. I’m excited to watch him progress.”

Jose de Jesus Ortiz

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