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Posted 05 January 2014 - 11:35 AM
Now, if that flyer would work out, Hicks isn't ready at the start of the season and we could play both so Willingam could DH full time, now I have some interest.
Posted 05 January 2014 - 12:31 PM
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Posted 06 January 2014 - 02:58 PM
MLBTR today throws cold water on the Twins making him an offer anyway.
Yeah I remember reading that earlier today. I didn't think the Twins would go after him, but I remembered people saying how they thought the Twins need a 4th outfielder with speed. I didn't know who was left and saw Nyjer Morgan was trying to come back.
Posted 07 January 2014 - 12:07 AM
Let me say it again, Aaron Hicks.
Honestly, he probably deserves his own thread at this point, but decided to address it here. A super talented athlete who has drawn comparisons to Torri Hunter since the day he was drafted. Not only for his tremendous athleticism, defense in CF, but also for his smaller town beginnings, raw ability, and a need to develop.
And develop he did/has done! The young man is only 24, the age when most prospects are at AA or sniffing AAA for the first time, maybe. Check out his milb numbers before you move on. It's only 5 seasons, one of them short, just out of high school.
Average, OB%, power and speed in the GCL. A bypass of Elizabethton straight to Beloit where he posts an OK .251/.353/.735. Not spectacular, but pretty good considering his age, the high rookie jump, and his relative "rawness".
He repeats Beloit the next season and has a triple slash improvement of: .279/.401/.829
2011 he is advanced to High-A Ft. Myers and produces .242/.354/.722
The Twins then sent him to AA the next season, 2012, where he exploded, showing his full potential for the first time with a slash of .286/.384/.844.
We all know how 2013 worked out. The trades of Span and Revere for pitching help and open competition for the starting CF spot that fell to Hicks based on a strong ST and a whole lot of hope.
It didn't work out the way the Twins, or any of us, hoped.
But he did have a great ST showing his ability. And despite a horribly slow start to his pro debut, he DID show improvement until he was injured. And despite less than hoped for re-hab numbers at AAA, Glynn himself has said recently that Hicks was their best player the last few weeks of the season.
So why has this super talented, young, former top 100 milb player suddenly been demoted to disappointment, or as I've read 4th OF, status?
If you take a logical step back for just a moment you will realize not only a rush to the majors, but also a rush to judgement. Hicks is still a top athletic talent with superior skills. He may not be as gifted as Buxton but so what! He still has the talent to be an excellent corner OF and fill in CF behind Buxton with power, speed, and OB%, even if he never becomes a "great" hitter. And who decides that after ONE defining season in the minors before being rushed to the majors?
For 2014, offensively speaking, we have to consider a healthy and productive Mauer and Willngham. (DH &/or OF) But other than the likes of Sano, Buxton or Rosario rising to the occasion, there may not be a position player who plays a more important part in the 2014 season than Aaron Hicks.
Consider, as I have stated often, his outstanding defense in CF with the solid Presley and the learning but athletic and talented Arcia in the corner OF positions with the improved SP staff. Then consider a young, rushed, talent still learning and improving, who might not light the world on fire his second year, but could still hit at the bottom of the order and give you 20/20 potential with 30+ doubles, some triples, and overall potential.
Posted 07 January 2014 - 07:06 AM
It may be in the best interests of both the player and the team for Hicks to recover his up-and-comer status and then be traded for value. If he develops as I expect, he could be a top-half center fielder and that would net more than Ben Revere or Denard Span.
Edited by stringer bell, 07 January 2014 - 07:08 AM.
Posted 07 January 2014 - 08:31 AM
Arcia is the real thing folks, he's got right. Willingham has left until traded. The Plouffe/Parmalee/Hermann options are backing them up. We don't need Nyjer.
Posted 07 January 2014 - 08:45 AM
Posted 07 January 2014 - 09:47 AM
Didn't he have an alter ego name? I can't think of it off the top of my head but I don't think a guy like that is a good fit for our clubhouse (or any clubhouse). We need to be trimming guys like this off of the 40 man and not adding them to it. Pass.
That would be Tony Plush, or T-Plush, which is mainly just a Twitter thing.. I think. Unfortunately his Twitter game is a whole lot better than his on-the-field game at this point...
Edited by acrozelle, 07 January 2014 - 09:54 AM.
Posted 07 January 2014 - 12:10 PM
Mods--rename or start an Aaron Hicks thread?
Say, how about that Terry Ryan, as well? Is he any good?
/ spoiler alert - yes, I agree, please take further discussion of Hicks's merits, as opposed to him as an alternative to signing Morgan, to a better thread than this