Aaron Hicks CF MIN 6 days ago

Hicks went 1-for-2 with his first homer of the year, a walk, two RBI and a run in Wednesday's win over the Red Sox.

A nice day for Hicks, who's now matched last year's homer total. He's been seeing everyday action in center for the Twins, but Wednesday aside, he hasn't generally exhibited much in the way of power or plate discipline, which will severely limit his fantasy value.

Aaron Hicks CF MIN 3 weeks ago

Hicks started in center field and went 2-for-4 with a double in Wednesday's win over Detroit.

Hicks has started in center field in both games since he as called up from Triple-A, going 3-for-8. It looks like he'll be given a chance to be the everyday center fielder with Jordan Schafer moving to a fourth outfielder role.

Aaron Hicks CF MIN 3 weeks ago

Hicks is batting eighth and starting in center field Tuesday against the Tigers, Brian Murphy of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.

Recalled earlier in the day, Hicks was off to a strong start at Triple-A Rochester, and it's possible he'll get the chance to earn an everyday role in the majors. Shane Robinson has been placed on the Family Medical Emergency List, while Jordan Schafer is off to a terrible start at the plate this season.

Aaron Hicks CF MIN 3 weeks ago

Hicks was recalled from Triple-A Rochester on Tuesday.

As expected, Hicks will join the Twins for Tuesday's game against the Tigers. The former first-round pick has the tools to become an everyday player, but he owns an ugly .201/.293/.313 slash line through 538 career big-league plate appearances. Hicks was off to a strong start with Triple-A Rochester, though his robust .336/.415/.561 slash line got some help from an unsustainable .395 BABIP. To be fair, Hicks has consistently posted BABIPs well above .300 in the minor leagues, and his walk rate (12.2) is only a bit below his strikeout rate (16.3) this season. He won't necessarily get regular at-bats with the Twins right away, but Hicks could potentially work his way into such a role at some point this season.

Aaron Hicks CF MIN 3 weeks ago

Hicks will be recalled from Triple-A Rochester, the Rochester Democrat & Chronicle reports.

The move isn't official, but it sounds like Hicks will be back in the majors after hitting .330/.412/.553 with two home runs at Rochester. It's not clear if Hicks will finally be able to hit in the majors, but his defense will be a welcome addition to a poor outfield defense.

Aaron Hicks CF MIN 2 months ago

Hicks was optioned to Triple-A Rochester on Saturday, Phil Miller of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.

Considered the frontrunner to open the season as the Twins' starting center fielder, Hicks ended up losing the gig due to a poor camp in which he batted 7-for-40 (.206). He'll likely assume an everyday role at Rochester while Jordan Schafer and Shane Robinson serve as the top two center fielders on the Twins' Opening Day roster.

Aaron Hicks CF MIN 2 months ago

Hicks went 1-for-2 in Thursday's spring training loss to Tampa Bay to raise his average to .226. Twins manager Paul Molitor reversed course and said a platoon between Hicks and Jordan Schafer in center field remains a possibility, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.

Molitor had previously said a platoon was unlikely as Hicks would need to get steady at-bats in the minors if he didn't win an everyday role. After starting strong, Hicks hasn't made a strong impression this spring. Every day he isn't named the starter this spring it seems more likely the Twins may decide to give up on him and move to other options in center field.

Aaron Hicks CF MIN 2 months ago

If Hicks doesn't win the center field job this spring he'll likely be sent to the minors and he's unlikely to be platooned, manager Paul Molitor told the St. Paul Pioneer Press. "My opinion would be that he's young enough to where he probably should be playing on a regular basis somewhere. It's not in stone. There's not a lot of things in stone. I think for him to play on a regular basis would be important for him as well," Molitor said.

Hicks is hitting .300 (6-for-20) this spring but has made several base running gaffes. The battle for the Twins center field job is wide open between Hicks, Jordan Schafer and Eddie Rosario. Rosario has gone from a dark horse to a viable contender for the job, which may reduce Hicks' chances of winning a regular role.

Aaron Hicks CF MIN 3 months ago

Hicks was removed in the fourth inning from Tuesday's spring training game after committing his second baserunning gaffe in consecutive games, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports. He lost track of the number of outs "We can't have that," manager Paul Molitor said after Hicks lost track of the number of outs while on base. "So we let him think about the game a little bit, and hopefully he'll respond."

Hicks didn't run out a fly ball thinking there was only one out in the inning. He was almost picked off in Monday's game. Hicks is the favorite to win the center field job, but the competition is wide open and some early mental stumbles won't help.

Aaron Hicks CF MIN 3 months ago

Hicks started in center field and went 1-for-2 with a triple in Thursday's spring training win over Boston in a lineup that was using projected starters all positions in the batting order but DH, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.

Hicks will compete with Jordan Schafer for the starting center field role with Danny Santana set to compete with Eduardo Escobar for the starting shortstop job this spring. It looks like Hicks has the early lead on the role. However, it's possible Hicks could platoon with Schafter since Hicks struggles against right-handed pitchers. And it's also possible Santana moves back to center field if neither Hicks nor Schafer makes a strong impression this spring.