Posted 16 May 2014 - 03:01 PM
I found Trevor Plouffe's comments to be a little enlightening -- and I hope that Hicks can learn to trust the process and that it then produces results:
After Thursday’s victory, Hicks cited veteran left fielder Josh Willingham and Plouffe as two players on the Twins that had helped him refine his approach and build better habits. Asked if he had helped Hicks figure out how to glean more from watching video of opposing pitchers, Plouffe nodded.
“Oh, yeah,” Plouffe said. “He knows what he’s doing. It’s just a matter of being consistent with it, trusting the process instead of looking at the results. Because the results are going to fluctuate, no matter how good you are.”
Plouffe nodded across the room to where franchise first baseman Joe Mauer lockers.
“You look at Joe early in the season,” Plouffe said. “His numbers weren’t there, but he trusted his process . Obviously he’s a guy that knows his process works. Now he’s back hitting .300.”
The trouble with a second-year player such as Hicks is he doesn’t have that track record to fall back on, to carry him through the sustained downturns.
“That’s something you have to deal with your whole career — trying to trust your process,” Plouffe said. “This is a tough game. Everyone knows (Hicks) has all the tools. It’s just putting those to work.”