07-11-2014, 03:21 PM #41
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07-11-2014, 04:33 PM #44
A lot less pressure down in AA...the original premise of re-learning how to hit RHP in a low-stress environment is apparently out the window...were there even 100 fans in attendance?
And good thing, no upper deck backgrounds to lose an OF fly in.
Curiouser and curiouser...
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07-11-2014, 04:37 PM #45
07-11-2014, 04:45 PM #46
I mean, I can't believe I even typed something so absurd. I can't ever remember anything like that. It's another example of the truth being stranger than fiction.
07-11-2014, 04:47 PM #47
07-11-2014, 04:58 PM #48
I find the discussion ridiculous when the information should be verifiable.
I sent a PM to Andrew Walter (Twins Fan From Afar) and asked him if he had been at games and could tell us what was going on or whether he had a contact in the organization who could verify.
I'll let you know what I hear or hopefully he'll post here.
07-11-2014, 05:00 PM #49
07-11-2014, 05:00 PM #50
Part of the problem was that the Twins rushed Hicks to the majors in the first place. Now you're trying to hasten the process again.
It hasn't been all that long. Let him get his confidence back. So far it looks like his demotion to NB is working -- the numbers have steadily improved.
07-11-2014, 05:09 PM #51
The young man still has a lot of work to do, and organizational trust to regain, over the rest of this season in AA, and then some soul-searching in the offseason. He's going to need a whole new game plan if he's going to get any kind of a look from the Twins in 2015....I'm fairly certain that a stopgap CF acquisition is already high on the Twins offseason shopping list (or maybe even this month in the case of John Jay).
07-11-2014, 05:10 PM #52
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07-11-2014, 05:18 PM #53
Hicks has practically been dispatched to Siberia- the premise for his demotion is no longer even valid.
I don't -- and didn't -- ever see the switch hitting as the only premise for his demotion.
"It's getting your mind right and focusing on how to get better as a player, all the way around," Gardenhire said. "Get back to doing what (you) were doing. Right now, stabilizing yourself."
Now, some of that undoubtedly relates to his vacillation about switch hitting but overall it just looked as though Hicks had lost confidence -- that's probably part of what led to his initial decision to give up switch hitting.
I agree that he needs to spend more time in New Britain. If that works well, send him to Rochester for awhile. Try to undo moving him up too quickly the last two years.
All of this isn't on Aaron Hicks' head. Terry Ryan took some responsibility for the way it had gone, too. It is one of those situations that needs time to work itself out.
07-11-2014, 05:42 PM #54
Looking at his numbers in New Britain, his K% and BB% are his best at any level he's played at, but he's still pounding the ball in the ground and/or making a lot of weak contact. He's going to need to put up some "wow" numbers and keep his head down....the drama he continually imposed on the major league club won't be so easily tolerated next time around.
07-11-2014, 06:05 PM #55
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Literally one week ago he was hitting .190 and now hes hitting .270+ and everyones jumping on the bandwagon.
Small sample size here kids...
07-11-2014, 06:15 PM #56
Now he is batting .284/.410/.403/.813
It is a small sample size but it is nice to see improvement rather than regression. If you look at June 27 (his first 10 games), his line was .171/.268/.286/.554 so while it hasn't been a miracle climb he has generally just shown some steady improvement.
I like that. He certainly has more to show and jokin is right, it would be nice if those hits were coming with some authority, but it is sure a lot better than seeing him wallow in the depths.
07-12-2014, 08:20 AM #57
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Hopefully he stays decent. I would like him to make it up to AAA at one point and hopefully continue there. Not sure what should happen in 2015. He's got one option left, but given the issues, I don't know if putting him on the roster is the right choice... I suspect a 1year stop gap in CF is needed. Of course the real issue will be what to do with Hicks, Rosario, and Buxton in CF as all will be looking for time in AA/AAA.
07-12-2014, 11:40 AM #58
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Hick's last 10 games are pretty encouraging.
Ave. 406 OBP .500 SLG .563 OPS 1.063
07-12-2014, 12:04 PM #59
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Hicks has hit in AA before. He still isn't hitting the ball with any authority.
07-12-2014, 12:15 PM #60
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