Article: Top '13 Stories: #8 - Aaron Hicks' lost year
Posted 28 December 2013 - 11:06 PM
Posted 29 December 2013 - 12:19 AM
Posted 29 December 2013 - 08:29 AM
91: OPS+ as a RHB
.146: isoP as a LHB & RHB (that's up there at Doumit/Willingham levels)
.241: BABIP (for the type of player he is should be 100 points higher; was .315 in AAA in 2013 and in the mid 300s all his career)
.231/.362/.641 (even with .174 BABIP) : his numbers against the 12 LHSP he faced in the majors.
I am sure that there are lessons to learn here and (aside from the beaten to death switch hitting situation) from what I see, the biggest issue he faced all season was to make successful adjustments at the plate and change his approach depending on the pitcher. And I think that this is experience. He never met this quality (and variety) of pitching in the minors and he will not if he spends 2014 there. So for him to figure it out, he should be playing CF most of the days and Presley can rest him against tough righties.
One good sign: He did not take frustration from his PAs to the field with him.
One bad sign: Seems to care too much about golf and not baseball during the off-season. If I were him, I'd be spending time in cages with coaches and not on greens...
Posted 29 December 2013 - 03:25 PM
Yes, they waited too long to move him down in the order. They probably should've found a replacement and sent him down earlier to Rochester, then promoting him at season's end.
He didn't get the September call-up. He didn't play winter ball. He may still have more to learn at AAA Rochester.
It was a rude awakening that backfired for the Twins, and especially for Hicks, who didn't get enough service time in the end.
Is he still the centerfield guy of the future, think not. Rosario and Buxton both could play there. But teamed in the corners with Arcia, the Twins may have a pretty solid outfield in 2015 and beyond.
Posted 29 December 2013 - 03:41 PM
Posted 29 December 2013 - 09:47 PM
Posted 30 December 2013 - 10:12 AM
for what it is worth, which is very little of course, I think that the twins future outfield will be Rosario, Buxton, Hicks, with Arcia at DH and getting time in the corners.
Seth I would bet your right, especially with Dozier playing so well in '13
Posted 30 December 2013 - 11:56 AM