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gunnarthor
04-23-2012, 12:08 PM
Hicks was the Twins 1st round pick in 2008, #14 overall. 6'2", 185 lbs, he's a toolsy OF whose stock had slipped the last few years. Baseball America ranked him # 39, 19 and 45 the first three years but didn't rank him in their top 100 after a somewhat disappointing 2011 season. BA still ranked (http://www.baseballamerica.com/today/prospects/rankings/organization-top-10-prospects/2012/2612823.html)him the Twins 4th best prospect. MLB's Jonathan Mayo was a bit higher on him, ranking (http://mlb.mlb.com/mlb/prospects/watch/y2012/index.jsp)him #72.

So far, his 2012 season has been very promising. Currently, he's hitting .276/.362/.534 with 4 doubles, 1 triple and 3 HR at AA. He has a respectable 9BB/15K and his defense is strong. He's always had some split problems, he's better against lefties, but he's showing improvement early this season against right handed pitchers. Two of his HR's came hitting left-handed and his patience at the plate has allowed him to get enough walks to erase the difference in BA between the two sides. It's early but Hicks might have the best combination of tools within the organization. If he posts a nearly .900 OPS at AA this season, he should fly back up the prospect rankings and give the Twins another ML ready OFer.

gunnarthor
04-26-2012, 07:53 PM
John Sickels at minorleagueball (http://www.minorleagueball.com/2012/4/26/2976852/all-questions-answered-thread#comments)took a question about Hicks today:

Q: Do you think this could be the year for him? Seems strange that a jump to AA could be the catalyst to a breakout. If he continues his early season success where do you think he’d rank overall in terms of prospects?


A: it's a little early to conclude that, any sort of slump will push his SLG back down
The tools have always been here, and unlike some guys who struggle, he’s always made an effort to control the zone. I would say there is reason for cautious optimism, but I wouldn’t jump to any conclusions

gunnarthor
05-06-2012, 05:03 PM
Hicks has cooled a bit, now hitting .260/.342/.433 and has added one HR since the last update. He continues to struggle against righties but has respectable isolate power and on-base skills against them. His krate and walk rates have both moved in the wrong direction but his power has also gone up so it's possible he's taking better hacks in hitters count, instead of passively taking walks. But it's still early, of course.

glunn
05-06-2012, 07:36 PM
If Hicks can't make it as a hitter, would it be worth trying him as a pitcher? He threw 94 mph in high school, and he is older and possibly stronger now.

gil4
05-06-2012, 08:41 PM
If Hicks can't make it as a hitter, would it be worth trying him as a pitcher? He threw 94 mph in high school, and he is older and possibly stronger now.

Maybe - if I remember right, many teams looked at him as a better prospect as a pitcher prior to the draft, but he preferred OF. I think he's going to make it as a hitter.

Seth Stohs
05-06-2012, 08:55 PM
He's hitting .278/.355/.444 with four doubles and four homers in his first four weeks of AA... That's pretty impressive!

Fanatic Jack
05-06-2012, 09:04 PM
Seth,

Thanks for giving us die-hards something positive. It really looked like Hicks was a bust but now I'm starting to believe. What is wrong with Joe Benson and Liam Hendriks??

Seth Stohs
05-06-2012, 09:32 PM
It's hard to make too much about the numbers of Twins hitters in Beloit or Ft. Myers... for whatever reason, offensive numbers don't happen at those levels.

Benson's struggling. He just needs to go on a streak. DOnt' give up on him quite yet. Nothing wrong with Hendriks. He was a level ahead of where he should have been (as is Parmelee). I expect Hendriks to take a couple of starts in Rochester to re-find himself and he'll be find again.

gunnarthor
05-06-2012, 11:55 PM
If Hicks can't make it as a hitter, would it be worth trying him as a pitcher? He threw 94 mph in high school, and he is older and possibly stronger now.

I'd hate to give up on Hicks' offense possibility. Sure, he hasn't broken out yet but he's only 22. (He went 3-4 tonight with 2 stolen bases). He just needs at-bats. Some guys it'll take longer with but Hicks has a wonderful eye at the plate, which is usually the hardest thing to learn. Hunter and Span, our last two HS CF prospects were hitting worse at AA their age 22 seasons. Eventually, Hicks will get there (I hope).

gunnarthor
05-20-2012, 01:10 PM
Well, might as well update this again. Sadly, Hicks has struggled the last few weeks and has dropped to .248/.327/.414 on the season. He continues to struggle against righties, although nearly all his walks come batting lefthanded. On the plus side, he went 3 for his last 7, with his 5th HR and his 7th double (he hit 5 HR all of last year).

On the plus side, he's 10 for 13 in SB (4th in the EL). His isolated power and isolated walk (for lack of a better term) are good enough if his avg was just a little higher. I have no idea if he should give up trying to switch hit or if it'll just take more time for him to get there. In any event, he needs at bats. And, at the risk of sounding repetitive, it's worth remembering he's only 1 of 15 hitters in the EL that are 22 or younger (he's 7th in OPS of those 15).

His progress is worth remembering when trying to guess how fast potential draft pick Buxton would fare. Buxton is a slightly better prospect coming out of high school but not that much better. Hicks was the 14th overall pick in a pretty loaded draft. Buxton might go #2 in a significantly weaker draft.

PMKI
05-29-2012, 11:32 PM
I was just looking at a 2008 mock draft by Kevin Goldstein. In his little write-up about him he said that most teams liked him more as a pitcher than a player but he preferred to be an everyday hitter. I am just wondering did the Twins want him as a pitcher when drafting him and give-in to what he wanted or did they feel he was better as an everyday player? You have to wonder how he would be doing as a pitcher.

jimbo92107
05-30-2012, 01:07 AM
Atlanta's Brandon Beachy was a third baseman converted to pitcher. Aaron Hicks might be able to do the same thing, for the same reason: His arm has relatively low mileage, and with professional coaching, they could make sure he doesn't wreck his arm throwing curves incorrectly. Take a guy as athletic as Hicks and teach him the right way to pitch, you might just have yourself a star.

Seth Stohs
05-30-2012, 06:17 AM
I was just looking at a 2008 mock draft by Kevin Goldstein. In his little write-up about him he said that most teams liked him more as a pitcher than a player but he preferred to be an everyday hitter. I am just wondering did the Twins want him as a pitcher when drafting him and give-in to what he wanted or did they feel he was better as an everyday player? You have to wonder how he would be doing as a pitcher.

a lot of teams liked him as a pitcher, but the Twins liked him as a 5-tool outfielder. He may have gone earlier, but he let it be known that he did not want to pitchre.

gunnarthor
06-08-2012, 10:08 AM
Hicks avg hasn't moved much the last few weeks although his OBP went up a little. He's now hitting .247/.347/.395 (the EL is hitting .256/.327/.378). He's added his 8th double and 6th home run but that's been it in extra base hits since 5/20. He's 15 for 20 on stolen bases (4th in the EL) and his walks have crept up and he now has 31 walks against 49 strike outs (he leads the EL in walks). His struggles batting left handed are continuing. I'm not sure how much longer the Twins should let him switch hit. Obviously, if he can do it, that's great but right now he's great against lefties (.866 OPS) and bad against righties (.692). I'm not sure if just making him hit right handed all the time would make him better against righties or not but it's got to be getting close to the point of trying it, I would think.

Generally, it's good to remember he's still just 22 and, as boring as it is, he probably just needs more time. Obviously, a lot of people are going to compare Hicks and Buxton as they both have the potential same tools although Buxton was (according to scouts) slightly more advanced than Hicks when drafted.

Here's an article about him from a few days ago: http://busleaguesbaseball.com/2012/06/aaron-hicks-and-the-long-road-to-minneapolis/

tcarlic
06-14-2012, 06:46 PM
What's up with Aaron? He hasn't played in about a week and can't find any information anywhere? Seth where are you!? hahaha

Twins Fan From Afar
06-14-2012, 06:58 PM
Hicks is injured. I will try to find out more. Not in the lineup tonight.

Seth Stohs
06-14-2012, 08:21 PM
Hicks is out with a sprained ankle.

tcarlic
06-14-2012, 08:21 PM
Hicks is injured. I will try to find out more. Not in the lineup tonight.

Yeah he hasn't been in the lineup since the 8th or 9th... I've been listening to the Rock Cats game while at work and they didn't mention him when they did their injury report... hmmm

gunnarthor
06-22-2012, 01:31 PM
Not a lot to report on Hicks. He missed 10 days with an injury but has played in the last three, going 4-13 w/a double and a triple. His stat line is still pretty much the same .248/.340/.378 with those that double and triple being the only new extra base hits since the last write-up.

greengoblinrulz
06-27-2012, 11:29 PM
A solid 8 game stretch for Hicks since coming back from the ankle injury on the 19th.
11/33 1 double 2 triples 1HR 4rbi 8k 3bb 1/2SBs for a .333/.378/.576 line.

Overall .298/.389/.468 in 14gms this month w/1double 2triples HR 5RBi 10k 7bb 1/4SBs

Now hitting .239/.344/.393 as a lefty w/ 163ABs 4HR 23RBI 46K 28bb......not horrendous.

greengoblinrulz
06-30-2012, 11:02 PM
Hicks finished June w/.309/.406/.455 1hr 7rbi 13k 9bb in 16gms despite missing 9gms with an ankle injury.
vs RHP .246/.350/.395 in 167ABs
vs LHP .299/.365/.463 in 67ABs

gunnarthor
07-02-2012, 12:53 AM
Hicks has had a nice little run and is now hitting .261/.353/.415/ on the year. He has 10 2b, 3 triples and 7 homers. As greengoblin noted, he had a strong June and hopefully that carries over to July. Last year, Hicks posted an OPS over .900 in June and July before injuring his thumb, so maybe that continues.

nicksaviking
07-02-2012, 10:04 AM
His BA against RHP is slowly climbing. The fact that his OBP from the left side is only 15 points different than the right side tells me there is no reason to table his switch hitting asperations.

greengoblinrulz
07-02-2012, 11:40 AM
Also very happy with the 18steals.....3 short of season high......2 yesterday leads me to believe the ankle is good

gunnarthor
07-02-2012, 12:07 PM
His BA against RHP is slowly climbing. The fact that his OBP from the left side is only 15 points different than the right side tells me there is no reason to table his switch hitting asperations.

I'm not a 100% sure I agree on that premise, although that's not the same as disagreeing. He takes more walks but that might also be a symptom of taking too many hittable pitches. Scouts have said he looks too passive at the plate at times and I wonder if he's scared to swing and would rather walk when he's hitting from the left side.

greengoblinrulz
07-06-2012, 10:32 PM
Aaron tied his career high with his 8th HR Fri nite. His current .429 slgg would be his full season career best & he's 3 SBs away from his career best. Think he's goin under the radar for most fans. Is he finally reaching his potential??
His splits are getting closer to bein legit as against RHP he's not .251/.355/.402 vs LHP.300/.367/.488

maxisagod
07-06-2012, 11:46 PM
If he's at his floor already (4th outfielder, pitch runner in the bigs) and his "most likely outcome" is a MLB regular, lets say low double digits in SB's and HR while play center. His all-star potential is still a possibility.

greengoblinrulz
07-09-2012, 10:44 PM
All Star break with Hicks finishing with a 3-4 w/bb & HR
Since returning from ankle injury...21gms 29/83 .349/.426/.578 20runs 2doubles 4triples 3hr 11rbi 10bb 22k 2/5sb
overall 78gms .275/.365/.446 51runs 10doubles 5triples 9HR 38rbi 41bb 72k 19/27sb's
vs LHP 82ABs .305/.370/.488 vs RHP 194ABs .263/.364/.428
He is no doubt moving back into elite status as a prospect.....IMO pushing Sano for top spot if he keeps this up for next 7 wks

gunnarthor
07-10-2012, 09:36 AM
All Star break with Hicks finishing with a 3-4 w/bb & HR
Since returning from ankle injury...21gms 29/83 .349/.426/.578 20runs 2doubles 4triples 3hr 11rbi 10bb 22k 2/5sb
overall 78gms .275/.365/.446 51runs 10doubles 5triples 9HR 38rbi 41bb 72k 19/27sb's
vs LHP 82ABs .305/.370/.488 vs RHP 194ABs .263/.364/.428
He is no doubt moving back into elite status as a prospect.....IMO pushing Sano for top spot if he keeps this up for next 7 wks

Adding to this, at the break the 22 year old Hicks is (among qualified leaders)

t-3rd in EL in triples (5)
t-5th in runs (51)
6th in stolen bases (19)
7th in walks (41)
13th in OBP (.365)
t-18th in HR (9)
23rd in total bases (123)
24th in slg (.446)

And keep in mind that many of the players ahead of him are 4-6 years older.

mike wants wins
07-10-2012, 09:47 AM
Really, many of the AA leaders ar 28? Wow, I had no idea. Hicks does appear to be improving during the year, that should always be the goal. I have moves from disappointed to slightly optimistic on him this year. The slg split is still high, but maybe it will close. I am als really happy with the stolen bases this year.

gunnarthor
07-10-2012, 10:09 AM
Really, many of the AA leaders ar 28? Wow, I had no idea. Hicks does appear to be improving during the year, that should always be the goal. I have moves from disappointed to slightly optimistic on him this year. The slg split is still high, but maybe it will close. I am als really happy with the stolen bases this year.

Six of the top seven players leading the EL in HR are between 25 and 28. 9 of the top 10 in OBP are between 25-28. MiLB has the league leaders but only qualified and without ages. Baseball reference has ages but a much more liberal cutoff. Still, it's something to go with.

mike wants wins
07-10-2012, 10:14 AM
Wow, just, wow. I had no idea that the leaders were that old in AA. That really changes my thoughts on some of the younger guys in AA (not just Twins).

greengoblinrulz
07-10-2012, 11:44 AM
New Brits chris collabello..28...& evan bigley...26....are 1/2 in rbi in the lg

TwinsFanInPhilly
07-10-2012, 01:24 PM
I just did some quick math (which is always subject to verification) and I come up with 20 players at Beloit older than Hicks, 18 players at Fort Myers older than Hicks and 22 players at New Britain older than him. The only ones with the RockCats younger than Hicks are Arcia and Hermsen. So I think the kid is doing all right.

drjim
07-10-2012, 07:26 PM
Good to see him doing so well, very much a subtle breakout. He is added to the 40 man this summer, I imagine the plan will be to start him in the minors, but he is very much on pace to be up midseason next year. From all accounts he still is a plus defender in CF with a plus arm.

I had him at #2 going into the season, and he is now no worse than 5, which isn't really a knock on him as much as it is that the Twins now have 5 legitimately good hitting prospects, 6 if you want to count Harrison and 7 if you think Benson can come back.

gunnarthor
07-18-2012, 09:28 AM
Well, not a lot has changed since the last update but Hicks has had a nice July and is now hitting .275/.365/.437 w/9 homers, a career high for him. His strike out rate is also at a career high - 22% - and his walk rate is at a low - 12%. But this might be a good thing. The knock on Hicks had been that he was too patient and looking for walks, now it seems he might be finding his pitch. His isolated power - .162 - is his best since rookie ball. He's certainly starting to have the season a lot of us were hoping for. His OPS by month has been .824 (April) .660 (May) .801 (June) .979 (July) so he's really had one bad month and three solid or better months. And his splits are continuing to improve so let's hope that this continues. If he keeps this up he should be back in the top prospect rankings again.

greengoblinrulz
07-18-2012, 12:22 PM
after an argueably disappointing season by Sano, Hicks in some eyes may have repassed Miguel already. Both were in Beloit at age 19 & both struggled. Hopefully it doesnt take Miguel this long to see his talent take hold (has played well past since benching) as Hicks is now a verified prospect ready for the majors.....in 6wks.

gunnarthor
07-18-2012, 12:59 PM
after an argueably disappointing season by Sano, Hicks in some eyes may have repassed Miguel already. Both were in Beloit at age 19 & both struggled. Hopefully it doesnt take Miguel this long to see his talent take hold (has played well past since benching) as Hicks is now a verified prospect ready for the majors.....in 6wks.

It might be a stretch to say Sano is having a disappointing season. From BA today (http://www.baseballamerica.com/chat/?1342621862):

(MPLS): Is Miguel Sano having a disappointing season?


Jim Callis: Not at all. He hasn't maintained his fast start, but he's showing tremendous power in the Midwest League at age 19. We knew coming in that he needed to make more contact and improve his defense, so that shouldn't be a surprise.

But, if Hicks doesn't crash in Aug, I do think he'll be a top prospect again. Probably not as high as Sano (sitting in the 20 range) but certainly in the top 100 again.

greengoblinrulz
07-18-2012, 01:45 PM
It might be a stretch to say Sano is having a disappointing season. From BA today (http://www.baseballamerica.com/chat/?1342621862):


(MPLS): Is Miguel Sano having a disappointing season?


Jim Callis: Not at all. He hasn't maintained his fast start, but he's showing tremendous power in the Midwest League at age 19. We knew coming in that he needed to make more contact and improve his defense, so that shouldn't be a surprise.

But, if Hicks doesn't crash in Aug, I do think he'll be a top prospect again. Probably not as high as Sano (sitting in the 20 range) but certainly in the top 100 again.

I said argueably....knew that would draw some harsh comments but he HAS been very good the past 20gms since the ASBreak.....thought it was from his mini/benching or injury (depends on who you believe).

Hicks stole his 21st base today tying his career high. Highs in HRs & SBs so far & on pace for highs in XBHs/runs/hits.

righty8383
07-25-2012, 12:42 PM
Hicks just homered moments ago. Now 4-4 in the game with a HR, a double and 2 singles. Will get at least one more chance to try for that cycle. Have a day Aaron Hicks!

gunnarthor
07-26-2012, 09:37 AM
Baseball America did a write up on Hicks today - http://www.baseballamerica.com/blog/prospects/2012/07/aaron-hicks-showing-improvement-for-twins/

"Hicks, 22, is hitting .284/.379/.456 in 93 games for the Rock Cats, numbers that have been boosted by his .355/.459/.581 slash line in July and have brought his OPS up to eighth in the Eastern League. All of the tools and athleticism are still there for Hicks, it's just a matter of him showing he can string together at-bats like he has in July over the course of a full season. This past month has certainly been a positive sign"

greengoblinrulz
08-05-2012, 01:00 PM
Curiously, Hicks started in LF Sunday for the first non-CF start since 2010 (12 in RF for Beloit that yr).
Could they be getting him used to other OF spots for a Sept recall (since Gardy would never play him in CF over Revere/Span)

Mchans24
08-05-2012, 02:07 PM
I wish they would have traded Span just to get him out of CF! Revere tracks down so many more balls and Spans arm is so much better than Revere in RF! Now we're going to move a gold glove caliber talent in CF (Hicks) to LF for Span? I sure hope not!!

SpiritofVodkaDave
08-05-2012, 02:34 PM
Hicks will be manning CF in Target Field soon enough, they shouldn't displace Span this Sept for the hell of it.

greengoblinrulz
08-05-2012, 03:51 PM
Hicks 1-4 w/bb run scored & 3SBs today. Now 5th in Eastern Lg in SB....leads lg in runs scored w/76 (one over Chris Hermann) & is 10th in Lg in OPS

jokin
08-05-2012, 04:03 PM
Hicks 1-4 w/bb run scored & 3SBs today. Now 5th in Eastern Lg in SB....leads lg in runs scored w/76 (one over Chris Hermann) & is 10th in Lg in OPS

Has anyone run the numbers on the stolen base attempts organizationally? Has there been a recent franchise shift to a much more agressive stance on the base paths? Perhaps to prepare for a more team-speed approach and piranha-ball in 2013? (Goodbye Morneau and Span?)

greengoblinrulz
08-05-2012, 05:02 PM
Hicks 1-4 w/bb run scored & 3SBs today. Now 5th in Eastern Lg in SB....leads lg in runs scored w/76 (one over Chris Hermann) & is 10th in Lg in OPS

Missed last inning....Hicks finished 1-5 & Hermann tied him with run scored w/76 and he's also 2nd in Eastern Lg in walks with 61

gunnarthor
08-05-2012, 11:47 PM
Since the last update, Hicks has slightly increased his triple slash line to .278/.377/.466 and he's shown nice improvement in his plate discipline, too. His krate has fallen to 20% and his walk rate has increased to 13%. His ISO is .169. He has 27 SB in 37 chances (73%). And he now has an OPS above .800 from both sides of the plate. He's having a really nice year.

greengoblinrulz
08-08-2012, 11:42 PM
Any way you cut it, his numbers look great. Ive been looking at em since his June (19th)return from his ankle injury.
49gms 60/185 .324/.429/.535 50runs 99TB 11doubles 6triples 6hr 25rbi 44k 33bb hbp 13/18sb

already career highs in triples/HR/RBI/SBs & is a wk away from highs in runs/hits/total bases/XBH....BAve & SLgg in full season yrs are a high also

rickyhawaii
08-09-2012, 12:24 AM
Also showing hit skills from both sides of the plate, would like to see him get a cup of coffee this season. Much more upside than both Span and Revere.

Seth Stohs
08-10-2012, 12:49 PM
#2 on this week's Baseball America Prospect Hot Sheet: http://www.baseballamerica.com/today/prospects/prospect-hot-sheet/2012/2613883.html

gunnarthor
08-10-2012, 12:57 PM
#2 on this week's Baseball America Prospect Hot Sheet: http://www.baseballamerica.com/today/prospects/prospect-hot-sheet/2012/2613883.html

Yep, really nice season.

Celebrity Weddings!
08-10-2012, 01:02 PM
A spot on the hot sheet definitely deserves it.

This looks like another first round pick that wont work out for the Twins.

gunnarthor
08-21-2012, 09:11 AM
Hicks is continuing to hit well, improving a bit to .282/.380/.453. He has an OPS over .800 from both sides of the plate. TR apparently suggested that Hicks could be a September call up and, frankly he deserves it but I'm not sure where the at-bats would come from. They need to keep Span in CF to keep his trade value up during the offseason. Willingham isn't losing AB. If they did call up Arcia and Hicks (and Parmelee), they'd have to find some AB for them in RF with Revere. So, I guess we'll see. Anyhow, Hicks had a great season at AA and we should see him on top 100 lists again.

DPJ
08-21-2012, 09:42 AM
Hicks is continuing to hit well, improving a bit to .282/.380/.453. He has an OPS over .800 from both sides of the plate. TR apparently suggested that Hicks could be a September call up and, frankly he deserves it but I'm not sure where the at-bats would come from. They need to keep Span in CF to keep his trade value up during the offseason. Willingham isn't losing AB. If they did call up Arcia and Hicks (and Parmelee), they'd have to find some AB for them in RF with Revere. So, I guess we'll see. Anyhow, Hicks had a great season at AA and we should see him on top 100 lists again.

Well Mauer, Willingham, Morneau and Doumit can sit on the bench a bit more late in the season. All 3 are gonna be around for a few more years so no shame is resting them more in September. That gives ample playing time to Parm, Hicks and Arcia.

mike wants wins
08-21-2012, 10:42 AM
I agree, no need for Doumit to play the rest of the year, really. but Morneau needs to keep playing for the tiniest chance they can deal him. No team is going to sit Willingham or Mauer more than 1-2 times a week the rest of the way, though. They are both on various leaderboards and needed for "attendance" purposes. So not sure how a team with this record can say this, but their best prospects might not see much time this September....which is hard to understand for a team with this record.

DPJ
08-21-2012, 11:17 AM
I agree, no need for Doumit to play the rest of the year, really. but Morneau needs to keep playing for the tiniest chance they can deal him. No team is going to sit Willingham or Mauer more than 1-2 times a week the rest of the way, though. They are both on various leaderboards and needed for "attendance" purposes. So not sure how a team with this record can say this, but their best prospects might not see much time this September....which is hard to understand for a team with this record.

Morneau I can hear you on for trade value, but "attendance purpose" for Willingham and Mauer...come on. Sitting Willingham and Mauer is best for them as they've played a ton this season and best for the team as it gives the team a chance to look at some kids. Hell I'd sit Willingham now just so he has no chance to injury himself and kill his value.

Shea
08-21-2012, 12:28 PM
This offseason needs to reflect a drastic overhaul!

Trade Willingham for a solid top 20 starting pitcher in the league.
Trade Span for a middle of the road starting pitcher
Trade Morneau (if you can) for young starting pitching for the minors
Trade Carroll for anything

Here's the lineup next year:

Revere - CF
Hicks - RF
Mauer - C
Arcia - LF
Parmalee - 1B
Plouffe - 3B
Florimon/Escobar - SS
Dozier - 2B

Pitching Rotation:
1.) Scott Diamond
2.) (Starter traded for Willingham)
3.) (Starter traded for Span)
4.) Hendricks/Hermson
5.) Kyle Gibson

Let's get this youth movement started and stop wasting time!

mike wants wins
08-21-2012, 01:03 PM
[QUOTE=DPJ;47991
Morneau I can hear you on for trade value, but "attendance purpose" for Willingham and Mauer...come on. Sitting Willingham and Mauer is best for them as they've played a ton this season and best for the team as it gives the team a chance to look at some kids. Hell I'd sit Willingham now just so he has no chance to injury himself and kill his value.[/QUOTE]

I agree with you, but I don't run the Twins....my post was a prediction of what the Twins would do.

TwinsFanInPhilly
08-30-2012, 10:45 AM
Jim Callis chat from yesterday:



Kevin (MN): Is Aaron Hicks a top 100 type at this point?


Jim Callis: With his tools and his bounceback year in Double-A, I bet he makes it when we do another Top 100 next spring.

Mr. Ed
08-30-2012, 10:48 AM
9 triples, over 30 steals, some pop in the bat. Bring him up in September.

stringer bell
08-30-2012, 10:50 AM
I hope they do, but I am less than sure that they will. Hicks has had a very good year and I hope I see him playing at Target Field sometime in 2013.

Seth Stohs
10-14-2012, 08:50 AM
Last night in Venezuela, Aaron Hicks went 3-5 with a double and his second stolen base. Has a hit in all 3 games so far, 5-14 (.357). He's leading off and playing CF.

SpantheMan
10-14-2012, 11:05 AM
Hey Seth does he project to be a leadoff type hitter in the majors?

greengoblinrulz
10-14-2012, 12:18 PM
He's definately a leadoff guy as someone who takes a ton of walks but also will contribute power.....new school type of player but we still run an old fashioned organization, but that will work as Hicks will also steal bases.

TRex
10-15-2012, 10:30 PM
How can you say he is a 'new school type of player but we still run an old fashioned organization' when he was drafted as an athletic lump of clay and has been molded by our organization? Would you suggest that he has persevered in spite of the organization's teaching?

And in terms of organizational philosophies on lead-off men, I think Hicks' power and RBI ability are exactly what TK (Shane Mack, Knoblauch) and Gardy (Jacque Jones) prefer.