Some of you guys think that sending a player to AAA is like putting a plant in an organic garden with good sunshine and adequate water, and that, in that environment, the plant comes back strong, healthy and ready to produce.
I think you need to spend some time in AAA yourselves and admire the wonderful environment in Rochester or wherever. Sure, you can puff up an OPS down there by feasting on some bad pitching, but it's not the same thing as becoming a quality MLB player.
Sometimes, with some guys, you need to learn on the job. And the job is hitting MLB pitching. The wrenching decisions of going back and forth to AAA and the Majors, that has an impact on a kid's understanding of his talent.
When it comes to Hicks, I stand by this: He's a good kid with good pedigree, he has a MLB body, arm and speed. He has all the skills to be a very good professional. It ain't doing anyone any good to send him to Rochester and wait for the snow to melt. Let the kid play, let him rob some HRs, let him run the bases, let him hit free and easy down in the lineup. We will see what he's got. If he can't produce, we got Buxton.
Edited by ChiTownTwinsFan, 17 March 2014 - 07:41 PM.