While the Twins have gotten nothing out of John Ryan Murphy, the New York Yankees have given Aaron Hicks a considerable amount of playing time. Today Hicks is in the lineup again and this is his 74th game for the Pinstripers (out of about 90). While Hicks has played quite a bit, so far he hasn't hit. He's batting .197 with a .568 OPS through today. Hicks has spent a majority of his playing time in right field. It is interesting that Hicks isn't even hitting left handed pitching. He's only hitting .151 vs lefties with a .432 OPS.
Either the Yankees really believe Hicks will "find it" or they have given up on this season and want to give Hicks a real chance to show what he can do. The All-Star break is a game away and I find it almost surreal that the winningest franchise in MLBhistory would have a regular corner outfielder below the Mendoza line this late in the season.
It is interesting to compare how the Yankees have handled Hicks compared to the handling of young Twins outfielders, including Buxton, Rosario, and Oswaldo Arcia. Hicks, like Arcia, is out of options and in his mid-20s. In a roundabout way, Hicks is replacing Alex Rodriguez, who has sat most days in the past two weeks while Hicks plays right field and Carlos Beltran supplants A-Rod as the DH. Apparently, the Yankees think their lineup is better with Hicks replacing a guy who has first ballot Hall of Fame numbers while the Twins seemed to think that guys in their organization were better with higher ceilings than Arcia (I do too).
I am having a hard time not gloating about Hicks. I have maintained since Hicks' rookie year that he couldn't/wouldn't hit enough to be a major league regular corner outfielder. Incidentally, Buxton's OPS this year is higher than Hicks. Time will tell if the Yankees patience and investment of playing time will pay off. I do wish Hicks well.