Article: The Cloudy Future of Aaron Hicks
Posted 16 June 2014 - 10:19 AM
I'm not as sold on Santana and I kind of soured a little on Fuld after yesterday. That leaves Hicks. No one is really down on his fielding (which, yes, is no better than average iirc), it's just the hitting and the off field stuff that bugs people.
How would Hick's OBP compare to other 9-hole hitters? He doesn't seem to ever make solid contact but he has been working walks. Now that we have a stronger lineup, maybe it wouldn't be too bad to have Hicks bat 9th and just try to get on base or bunt guys over.
Posted 17 June 2014 - 02:31 PM
Posted 17 June 2014 - 04:27 PM
Sam Fuld is hitting .228/.290/.380, Hicks is currently .198/.338/.262 but has considerably more upside. I know everyone is hating on Hicks for his low BA, but as Cody pointed out, since he gave up being a switch hitter he's coming around. And I just don't understand how the Twins cant find room for a guy who gets on base. Base runners turn into runs. Is 30 points of BA and 118 points of SLG worth sacrificing nearly 50 points of OBP?
I don't think so. Let Hicks mature against MLB caliber breaking balls at the MLB level. Hicks can do it, he's our man, if he can't do it... EDDIE ROSARIO CAN!
How about Danny Santana at SS, Escobar at 3B and Hicks in CF when he gets back while we all wait for Trevor Plouffe to recover?
Posted 18 June 2014 - 03:04 PM