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    Quote Originally Posted by golfboy1 View Post
    Santana & Fuld can both play CF
    qualify "can" please.

    Parmelee can play CF. Willingham too. You and me for sure.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Thrylos View Post
    qualify "can" please.

    Parmelee can play CF. Willingham too. You and me for sure.
    The fact that Santana and Fuld make up the CF corps and Hicks is now optioned to NB (even though he now no longer needs PAs to adjust to RHP) says alot about in what regard the organization views Hicks at the current point in time.

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    Thyros I really wish there was a down vote option for your comments. Your "smartest guy in the room" routine is unbelievably obnoxious.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Thrylos View Post
    qualify "can" please.

    Parmelee can play CF. Willingham too. You and me for sure.


    I'll be the first to admit I thought it was beyond stupid when they put Santana in CF but I've come around on the idea. He's made some bad plays & bad throws but he has made some big improvements already in a short time. I still think he should eventually be a SS but *right now*, he is still an overall upgrade over Hicks.(IMHO)

    I don't know, I think Fuld is decent in CF. He seems to track the ball ok & catches everything. He should be a backup OF & pinch runner once Nunez & Plouffe return & I'd rather Hicks get regular playing time in the minors than fill that role.

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    Mike Berardino @MikeBerardino · 11m

    "We sent him to New Britain to get him going," Terry Ryan on Hicks

    Mike Berardino @MikeBerardino · 13m

    What is the message for Aaron Hicks with this demotion to New Britain? "There is no message," Terry Ryan said.


    Mike Berardino @MikeBerardino · 2m


    Terry Ryan has no plans to call Aaron Hicks after his option to AA. Pointed out Rob Antony talked to him over the weekend.






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    Quote Originally Posted by Thrylos View Post

    The acting GM joined this team as a marketing intern. Need I say more?
    Mike Fast, Bill James, Dan Turkrenkoff never were scouts, never played in the minors. People seem to think highly of their opinions. Why? Because they all learned.

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    This thread is starting to get personal. Please tone down the jabs and the 'know it all' tones and discuss.

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    Hicks is a very talented young man. He also, however, has shown that he is not ready for major league baseball, even if he is more talented than other players on the roster. He needs to work on, among other things: (1) mentally preparing for each baseball game, including developing strong skills at studying pitchers and defense; (2) deciding his approach to hitting, whether it be switch hitting or solely batting from the right side, and whether he is going to be one of the most passive hitters in the league or start attacking a little more, which could be in line with his physical skills; and (3) learning to enjoy baseball and deciding if he really likes playing baseball.

    I believe he can offer something to the major league team today. However, it is clear that he needs to work on these skills and that he was not able to make progress at the major league level. Therefore, he belongs in the minor leagues. At this time, placing him on the Rochester roster would require removing someone else from that team, which could be the recently-promoted Daniel Ortiz, and there may not be anyone obviously deserving of being removed from a team that is playing pretty well. Therefore, instead of removing someone from Rochester, the team decided it would be better to put Hicks into the spot in AA that Ortiz had held. This makes sense; either AA or AAA will provide a similar opportunity to work on the skills he needs to improve. (Note that he doesn't really need to work on defensive skills and Eddie Rosario is currently playing a lot of CF for New Britain, so Hicks should play any position that gets him into the game and we should not read too much into his defensive position. TR, Gardy and everyone else knows what Hicks can do in CF.) If he starts raking and demonstrates a good approach in NB, it will be easy to promote him to AAA or even back to the majors.

    We shouldn't read too many long-term messages from this action.
    "Where's the Crede?"

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    Honestly, I think Hicks has a confidence issue more than anything else. He strikes me as one of those people who gets overwhelmed when he's asked to work on too many things. That's not uncommon at that age, and I doubt the issue is that he doesn't take it seriously (though that can be a perception issue).

    That said, he should have started the year in the minors, and I'm glad he's there now and hope he spends the rest of the season there.

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    There is another thread asking about the prospect of trading Hicks straight up for Jose Tabata - personally I don't think that would be a fair trade for the Twins.

    Does all this drama swirling around Hicks make him a trade candidate near the deadline?

    With all the weirdness surrounding his demotion, would the Twins be likely to get a player or players of value in return for Hicks?

    Is trading Hicks in the best interests of the Twins, or in the best interests of Aaron Hicks?


    Technically, New Britain is a change of scenery...

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    I doubt the Twins would get anything of value for Hicks right now.

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