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    Hicks

    Hicks was ranked by Baseball America yesterday as the #18 prospect in the Florida State League.

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    18. AARON HICKS OF, FORT MYERS MIRACLE (TWINS) Age: 21. B-T: B-R. Ht.: 6-2. Wt.: 185. Drafted: HS—Long Beach, '08 (1).

    Hicks still has "all-star tools," as one FSL observer put it, but the results continue to underwhelm. He had the worst season of his four-year pro career in 2011 and hit just .195/.309/.300 in the final two months.

    Hicks has a quick bat and is a patient hitter, sometimes too patient. He ranked fourth in the league with 78 walks but also laid off many pitches he might have been able to drive and then swing at ones he couldn't. He mostly has doubles power right now, though he still has a lean frame and could develop more pop as he matures physically.

    A natural righthander, Hicks continues to struggle mightily from the left side of the plate. He batted just .228/.357/.348 as a lefty, compared to .263/.349/.401 as a righty.

    Hicks' defense remains ahead of his offense. He has the plus speed to play a shallow center field and go get balls, though it hasn't translated into bunting and stealing effectively. His excellent arm ranks among the best in the minors, and managers rated it the strongest in the FSL.

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    Oswaldo Arcia is ranked #15, but I'm yet unable to find the info (I don't subscribe to BA).

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    Keith Law:

    As good as Gose looks out in Arizona, that's how bad Minnesota's Aaron Hicks, drafted in the same year out of the same general area, has looked. Hicks just turned 22 earlier this month but still looks like he's 18, and even with strong plate discipline, the lack of physicality is hurting his ability to hit for average, never mind power. He may also be tired, since he's not built for this long of a season, but his fade (if that's what it was) began in July. We need to see him get stronger so he can start to convert good at-bats into good results and hit for a full season.

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    Well that sounds decidedly unpromising.

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    Quote Originally Posted by aceswired View Post
    Well that sounds decidedly unpromising.
    Very. He's 22 and getting passed up by 18 and 19 year-olds.

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    Not Good..Wonder if he will be used in a Trade this offseason..Sure makes it look like his value will be fairly low

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    Well Bill Smith loves to sell low, so I'd say it's a chance.

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    Hicks starting to hit better, but still has no shot from the left side. Twins at some point need to realize they aren't helping him by keeping him a switch hitter.

    10-5 win Wednesday for Mesa

    Hicks 2-3/BB/3R HR(#3 hit RH), 2R

    Splits so far:

    .300 RH 2 HRs, OPS 1.014
    .171 1 HR, OPS .726 (that high only because he's walked 8 times)

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    Joe Sheehan picks Hicks as one of 5 players that didn't impress in the AFL:

    Aaron Hicks, OF, Twins. It may be unfair to put Hicks here, as you might have been similarly dismissive of Anthony Gose two years ago. Right now, this tools player hasn't made the same turn Gose did, converting his strength and speed into extra-base hits and stolen bases. To Hicks' credit, he has shown a very mature approach at the plate for a young player and may yet build on that. For now, he's a project.

    Read more: http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/201...#ixzz1dQMbmq00

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    Hicks hasn't been getting many hits, but the ones he did get have been extra base ones:

    23 games. Hitting .235 with an OPS over .800, SLG is over .480, 12 of his 19 hits are XBH, to go with 12 walks.

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    Mesa Lost Monday 4-2.

    Hicks 2-2/2doubles(8)/BB/R

    Both Hicks' doubles were hit hit right-handed

    .310 RH coming into the game vs .213 LH

    .261 avg overall

    6 doubles/2HRs in 33 at bats vs lefties

    4 doubles/4 triples/HR in 61 at bats vs righties

    17 of his 26 hits are for extra bases

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    Fall League is over.

    Hicks wound up at .294, .361 RH, and .258 LH
    8 doubles/5 triples/3HR/21RBI, 18BB/21K, 5-9 SB
    .400 OBP / .559 SLG / .959 OPS

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    His better approach at the plate seems to be paying off so far.

    8 Games. .308/.333/.731. 2 2B, 3 HR, 7 SO, 2 BB.

    Not getting on base a ton, but 2 of the 3 HRs were hit lefthanded which is a huge improvement.

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    Hicks collects career-high five hits
    Twins prospect homers, plates pair in New Britain's big win


    New Britain designated hitter -- and MLB.com's No. 59 prospect -- Aaron Hicks indulged himself on Wednesday afternoon. A triple shy of completing the cycle in his sixth and final at-bat, Hicks did what patient hitters don't -- he went for it.
    "I was trying to hook something down the line," he admitted. "I was looking at the fence, but I ended up rolling over [to second base] and getting out."

    No harm. Hicks can leave that achievement for another day. He reached two others on this one.

    The Twins' No. 2 prospect collected a career-best five hits, inclluding his single-season high 10th homer in the Rock Cats' 11-2 win over the visiting Binghamton Mets.

    Leading off and resting his legs as DH, Hicks doubled and singled twice in four innings against B-Mets starter Zack Wheeler. New York's top-ranked prospect didn't come out for the fifth after yielding six runs on 10 hits, including a two-run double to Minnesota's No. 4 prospect, right fielder Oswaldo Arcia.

    What was the key to success against Wheeler (9-6)?

    "Stay aggressive toward his fastball and try to make him throw off-speed," said Hicks, who hit two fastballs and a changeup in his three meetings with the right-hander.

    The switch-hitting Hicks then slugged a two-run shot off righty reliever Edgar Ramirez in the fifth.

    "First-pitch fastball up in the zone," he said.

    Hicks, 22 and a native of Long Beach, Calif., also doubled off rehabbing Mets reliever Frank Francisco (left oblique strain) in the seventh before getting that final chance in the eighth.

    "I can say I tried for it," he said of the triple, "but you can't try for it. It's got to come to you."

    And that is the difference in Hicks' comeback at the plate this season: Not chasing bad pitches -- or trying to do too much with hittable ones -- while simultaneously not sacrificing his aggressiveness.

    This fix -- no physical change to the mechanics of his swing -- is why his batting average has risen steadily over the last three months: .220 in May, .282 in June and .355 so far in July.

    "Maturing as a hitter," Hicks said, "trying not to hit the longball and stay in the gaps."

    As can be the case, his decision to not seek home runs has resulted in more of them. Through 93 games in this, his first season at Double-A, he has 10 to go along with 15 doubles and six triples. (There's also his plus defensive abilities in center field.)

    "All I am trying to do is hit the ball hard," he said, sounding almost befuddled himself, "but they're going out of the stadiums."

    As Minnesota's first-round pick in the 2008 Draft, he collected four knocks in a game twice before, most recently when he homered once and singled three times for Class A Beloit on April 24, 2010 at Wisconsin. The homer was one eight that season.

    Wheeler has yielded 14 runs on 16 hits over 7 2/3 frames in his past two starts. That follows his first career complete game, a shutout of Erie on July 14.

    Rock Cats starter B.J. Hermsen (7-5) gave up two runs on four hits over seven frames. He struck out eight against three walks.

    http://www.milb.com/news/article.jsp...vkey=news_milb

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    Good to see Hicks coming together a little bit..I think we will see Aarom up in the big leagues by the end of next season

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    And back down to earth... 3 for his last 25 since that five hit performance.

    On a positive note, he is still drawing walks.


 

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