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#1 Physics Guy

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Posted 14 February 2013 - 08:21 AM

You can view the page at http://twinsdaily.co...spects-for-2013

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Posted 14 February 2013 - 09:24 AM

I disagree with everyone about Hicks, and will be pissed if the Twins actually do start him out of ST. All he needs is to stay at AAA for a month (which would actually help his development IMO) to avoid losing a year of team control. The Twins would be ****ing idiots to not do this on a team that has no chance.... especially if the Twins feel he is the CF of the future. All this talk now is to avoid the truth about why he doesn't go North with the Twins.
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Posted 14 February 2013 - 09:30 AM

I disagree with everyone about Hicks, and will be pissed if the Twins actually do start him out of ST. All he needs is to stay at AAA for a month (which would actually help his development IMO) to avoid losing a year of team control. The Twins would be ****ing idiots to not do this on a team that has no chance.... especially if the Twins feel he is the CF of the future. All this talk now is to avoid the truth about why he doesn't go North with the Twins.


Like Smerf, I'd rather see Hicks get a few reps at AAA. There's no reason to spend that year of control on what is probably a lost season.

Plus, it wouldn't kill the team to see what they have in Benson. He's far less of a sure thing prospect-wise. Even Mastro could hold down CF for a month.

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Posted 14 February 2013 - 09:41 AM

The talk has certainly made it seem like Gardenhire especially wants Hicks as his CF for some reason. I'm truly excited about the prospect of him playing CF for us, but I agree that the more reasonable decision would be giving him the time in AAA for that extra year of team control. The Twins really need to get off to a decent start this year instead of burying themselves in the standings by the end of April, and while I think Hicks will be a better player, if I had to choose who plays better to start the year to help that goal, I'm going with Mastroianni. Benson can back up all three OF spots adequately for now.

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Posted 14 February 2013 - 09:47 AM

I disagree with everyone about Hicks, and will be pissed if the Twins actually do start him out of ST. All he needs is to stay at AAA for a month (which would actually help his development IMO) to avoid losing a year of team control. The Twins would be ****ing idiots to not do this on a team that has no chance.... especially if the Twins feel he is the CF of the future. All this talk now is to avoid the truth about why he doesn't go North with the Twins.


This is such a no brainer, anyway you look at it.

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Posted 14 February 2013 - 09:48 AM

I think Pressley is going to be given a better chance than both Thielbar and unfortunately, Slama, JMHO.

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Posted 14 February 2013 - 09:53 AM

I can't say I disagree with any of you regarding Hicks. The smart move would be to delay his arrival to keep him an extra year. Ryan should step in and tell Gardy he is going to have to wait. Worst case scenario has Matro keeping his seat warm for a month or so. On the other hand, I hate that the system influences when guys are brought up. The best player should play.

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Posted 14 February 2013 - 09:56 AM

The Twins really need to get off to a decent start this year instead of burying themselves in the standings by the end of April


Apparently JR doesn't agree with you, or he would have done more this offseason to help the big league club.
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Posted 14 February 2013 - 10:08 AM

Fun stuff.
Still think the growing pains would be significant for Hicks. Time in AAA would be good for him.
We shall soon see.

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Posted 14 February 2013 - 10:35 AM

Odds are this year will top out at in the 70-73 win plateau if things all right. (If you want to talk about 80+ wins, I suppose you are in the anything can happen mindfram. True enough, but unlikely.) Give Hicks some time in AAA. He has always been a work in progress and one good season n AA does not change this. He won't be there for long if he deserves to come up. By September will it be a Benson-Hicks-Arcia outfield with Parmalee at 1st?

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Posted 14 February 2013 - 11:43 AM

From what I've read it leads me to believe that Gardy was promised he could have Hicks from day 1 if the FO traded away both Span and Revere. I understand that the Twins aren't going anywhere this season but Gardy will be fired if the team starts poorly. So it's hard to tell him to wait a month or 2 for Hicks when Gardy's tenure could be over by then. Will Having Hicks over Mastrioni make that much of a difference? I doubt it but the point is that the team needs to start off playing respectable ball or the fans will be calling for heads and Gardy's will be the first to roll.

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Posted 14 February 2013 - 11:46 AM

By September will it be a Benson-Hicks-Arcia outfield with Parmalee at 1st?


I personally would love to see it, as long as we aren't just dumping Willingham and Morneau.

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Posted 14 February 2013 - 11:56 AM

From what I've read it leads me to believe that Gardy was promised he could have Hicks from day 1 if the FO traded away both Span and Revere. I understand that the Twins aren't going anywhere this season but Gardy will be fired if the team starts poorly. So it's hard to tell him to wait a month or 2 for Hicks when Gardy's tenure could be over by then. Will Having Hicks over Mastrioni make that much of a difference? I doubt it but the point is that the team needs to start off playing respectable ball or the fans will be calling for heads and Gardy's will be the first to roll.


Long overdue. A few talentless season bad seasons aren't Gardy's fault. JR has a team to run and if that influences his decision shame on him. Keeping Hicks in AAA will benefit this team in a big way, while letting Benson (who could easily be better anyway) showcase and earn a spot.
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Posted 14 February 2013 - 12:21 PM

If Hicks is the best CF the Twins have, he better be starting in CF on April 1. If during spring it looks like playing in a league half full of guys who can't hack it in the bigs would be good for him, then do that. Team control is foolish to worry over about a 23 year old. You get 6 years. He'll be 29 when he's entering his first FA season. A guy with all the tools that Hicks has can actually add quite a few wins in early season match-ups when balls aren't jumping as far and pitchers are still shaking off the rust.

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Posted 14 February 2013 - 12:48 PM

While I agree with most of you that Hicks should spend some time @ AAA, your argument regarding the extra year of team control is based on the assumption that he spends the entire year with the Twins. He could start the year with Minnesota and show that he isn't ready (like Dozier and Parmelee) and get sent down for a month or two and they would still gain that extra year of control.

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Posted 14 February 2013 - 01:47 PM

I have a bad feeling that the Hicks will suffer a Benson-like regression this year. Starting in AAA and having to go back to AA.

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Posted 14 February 2013 - 01:59 PM

I have a bad feeling that the Hicks will suffer a Benson-like regression this year. Starting in AAA and having to go back to AA.


I wouldn't worry too much. They are two very different prospects. Hicks has a lot more going for him than Benson.

I think it's a lot better to start Hicks in AAA, let him see some borderline major league pitching, and then bring him up later if he's successful and still looks like he can help the team. It's better to give the non-prospects a chance to show what they can do at the major league level and not mess with the development path of Hicks.

Edited by terencemann, 14 February 2013 - 02:02 PM.


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Posted 14 February 2013 - 04:27 PM

In the scheme of things, an extra year of team control is no big deal. By the time it becomes an issue, he'll be trade bait to make room for Buxton.

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Posted 14 February 2013 - 04:35 PM

Trade bait becomes much more valuable when there's additional control to go with it.

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Posted 14 February 2013 - 04:42 PM

In the scheme of things, an extra year of team control is no big deal. By the time it becomes an issue, he'll be trade bait to make room for Buxton.

Or Hicks will be a bust... or he'll be really good and he can move to LF and have an amazing outfield... Or Buxton won't pan out... or that extra year of team control will allow the Twins to trade him for a better player than they would have gotten without the team control (one of the reasons both Span and Revere brought the return that they did).

Any way about it, an extra year of team control for a potential impact player is a good thing to have.

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