Progress for Twins rookie Hicks comes in small steps

  • Article by: La VELLE E. NEAL III , Star Tribune
  • Updated: April 20, 2013 - 1:06 AM

Despite his .044 average, the Twins don’t plan on sending him down any time soon.

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Dantes929Apr. 19, 1310:39 PM

"Now it’s time for him to convert the good at-bats into hits, rather than walks" No, keep the walks. Convert the strikeouts into hits. Walk twice a game and I don't care if he doesn't get another hit all year.

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twinsfanwy1Apr. 20, 1312:22 AM

Hicks certainly has the talent to play and be successful at the MLB level. He earned the job out of ST too. One thing I like right now is Hicks' attitude. He's going to hang in there, grind it out, and, hopefully get through this and be fine. I sure hope so. Still pullin' for you Aaron. Go Twins!

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mustang07Apr. 20, 13 2:33 AM

Also, it's not like the Twins offense is exactly struggling except for runners in scoring positions (which they've been terrible at for years). It might be a different story if they weren't scoring runs and he wasn't scoring.

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firefly70Apr. 20, 13 4:04 AM

Kind of reminds me of a previous former #1 draft pick that the masses were clamoring for the Twins to bring up to the majors after having a great Spring Training - David McCarty. Remember him? Probably not too many do. Most fans were convinced he was going to be able to hit for power and a high average and be a fixture in the lineup for a long time with a lot of success. Brought up also at age 23. Didn't turn out that great. Career BA of .242, with only 36 HR's.

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dwallin443Apr. 20, 13 4:39 AM

Firefly, not even close to McCarty. As you might remember McCarty wasn't very coachable. He thought he had it made. Aaron is a kid who will work hard at hitting.

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firefly70Apr. 20, 13 4:52 AM

Will Hicks turn out to be like McCarty? Way too early to say 'yes' or 'no'. However, keep in mind McCarty actually had better minor league numbers than Hicks prior to his call-up; better BA (McCarty .306, Hicks .271); better OBP (McCarty .401 vs. Hicks .379); better SLG (.488 vs. .421); higher HR % (3.67% vs. 1.61%); lower strikeout % (16% vs. 20%); although Hicks did have a better walk % (McCarty 12.2%, Hicks 14.8%). So it should come as no surprise that Hicks should be struggling against major league pitchers that have better command/control of their pitches, better movement on their pitches, and generally have a better idea of how to actually pitch (vs. just hurling the ball at home plate); especially when Hicks was striking out as much as he was down in the minors. Again, it doesn't mean Hicks will be a bust like McCarty, but it definitely means the Twins, and the fans, will have to have quite bit of patience if they are to keep him up at the major level.

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goldengoph3rApr. 20, 13 4:59 AM

Some Twins fans apparently believe--if the comments are to be trusted--that Hicks has the talent , the attitude, and the drive to become a decent hitter. I'm unable to point to anything in Hick's start that validates this optimism.

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firefly70Apr. 20, 13 5:07 AM

@dwallin443:___ IF Brunansky can actually help Hicks get his average even close to his minor league average by the end of the season, then I would consider that a small miracle and would be ecstatic. To some extent, I actually agree with Dantes929; whatever Hicks does, whether it's converting the strikeouts into hits, or converting them into walks, he needs to really cut down on the strikeouts.

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corngo4rApr. 20, 13 5:14 AM

Don't understand not sending him down to give him a break, especially so early in the season. Maybe the organization has more faith in Bruno than the management at Rochester.

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twinsruubApr. 20, 13 6:19 AM

The team has no other option in center field. If they did, he would already be in the minors.

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