Posted 11 February 2014 - 08:15 AM
Posted 11 February 2014 - 08:46 AM
Stumbling in your first exposure to MLB isn't new, nor is it fatal for your career. Denard Span, Michael Cuddyer and others have had false starts, regrouped and gone on to successful careers. Maybe Hicks will, too. If so, it would be huge for the Twins in 2014 and beyond.
Posted 11 February 2014 - 08:49 AM
Hopefully, he will just do whatever the hell Sir Rodney tells him to do!
Because of Carew's track record as a hitting coach? I'm kidding, but it's great to have someone to just bounce things off of, and to be able to talk to... especially when the guy is a Hall of Famer.
Posted 11 February 2014 - 08:51 AM
Does anyone else see a lot of similarities between Hicks and Dozier? Both had really bad rookie years, got sent down and did not get called back in September. Dozier was being written off last year at this time just the way Hicks is now. Dozier came out and had a really solid 2nd year. I have high hopes that Hicks will do the same. He has the talent to do it. I would love to see an outfield in August of Hicks, Buxton and Arcia.
There certainly are a lot of similarities... It's probably not fair to either of them to assume the results will be the same, but I think giving up on Hicks based on 2013 would be completely silly.
Posted 11 February 2014 - 08:52 AM
Edited by pierre75275, 11 February 2014 - 08:55 AM.
Posted 11 February 2014 - 09:02 AM
Posted 11 February 2014 - 09:37 AM
While I liked his patience and willingness to take pitches, it seemed like he put himself too far in the hole and really paralyzed himself up there until he eventually would flail at something. Mentally he was a mess at the plate. Hopefully, Carew & Brunansky can get him settled down so he can use his talent.
I really think Hicks is going to be a mainstay in the OF. He can hold down CF just fine until Buxton is ready, and I think he'll hit enough to slide over to a corner slot and give the team a solid defensive alignment even with Arcia in one of the other corner slots. It's worked for the Twins before, when Gomez & Span covered 3/4 of the OF on their own and gave Kubel or Cuddyer some relief from having to chase down everything.
Posted 11 February 2014 - 10:12 AM
Does anyone else see a lot of similarities between Hicks and Dozier? Both had really bad rookie years, got sent down and did not get called back in September.
I seem to remember reading stories that Dozier had reached out to Hicks to encourage him after he got sent down in kind of "been there, lived through it and made it back" kind of way.
Posted 11 February 2014 - 10:23 AM
Posted 11 February 2014 - 10:34 AM
Hicks's experience should serve to sober the enthusiasts of Twins' prospect's MiL statistics--"it's a whole new game" as they say.
Another way to see it, Kwak, is that guys like Hunter and Cuddyer stumbled out of the gates. It's a common occurance. Therefore there's little logic in taking a sober view towards Hicks just yet.
Someone (cmath?) posted BA's top 10 Twins prospects from 2008 in another thread, juxtaposing it with our 2014 top 10. Virtually everyone will agree that the 2014 group is vastly superior. And yet, every single prospect on the rather unimpressive 2008 list had at least a cup of coffee in MLB. So, when I see the stats and read the scouting reports on the 2014 group, it doesn't sober me, it excites me. Hick's experience is completely irrelevant to me.
Posted 11 February 2014 - 11:09 AM
I'd really like him to pick it up and start with the Twins. We need all the sticks we can get.
Posted 11 February 2014 - 12:19 PM