Aaron Hicks CF MIN 1 month 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 1 month 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 1 month 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 2 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 2 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.

Aaron Hicks CF MIN 3 months ago

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.

Hicks won the starting center field job last spring but struggled the first two months with just a .567 OPS and spent much of the season in the minors. It looks like he'll get another chance to win the starting role. He could win the role on his defense alone with defensive liabilities Oswaldo Arcia and Torii Hunter set to play in left and right field. However, Arcia will need to finally hit at the major league level to hold any kind of regular role. However, whoever wins the job is likely just keeping the seat warm for a few months until Byron Buxton finally arrives in the majors.

Aaron Hicks CF MIN 7 months ago

Hicks (back) will start in center field and bat eighth Monday, Fox Sports North's Tyler Mason reports.

He has missed two games with the injury, but he's now healthy enough to get back in the mix for the final week. He hasn't hit much this season (.209/.333/.270), and his once bright prospect star has significantly faded.

Aaron Hicks CF MIN 7 months ago

Hicks (back) remains day-to-day, MLB.com's Rhett Bollinger reports.

When asked about Hicks' status, manager Ron Gardenhire didn't appear pleased, as his outfielder apparently arrived at the ballpark just two hours before game time. Earlier this season, Hicks received criticism due to his lack of preparation, so this is yet another strike against the 24-year-old. There's still plenty of future potential here, but after batting just .209 over the 2014 season, Hicks' maturity issues seem to be the larger concern.

Aaron Hicks CF MIN 7 months ago

Hicks (back) is not in Sunday's lineup against Cleveland, MLB.com reports.

He's day to day and it's not clear when he'll return.

Aaron Hicks CF MIN 7 months ago

Hicks (back) was a late scratch for Saturday's game, Twins manager of baseball communications Dustin Morse reports.

Hicks was dealing with a stiff back during batting practice and will ultimately stay in the dugout Saturday. He will be replaced by Eduardo Nunez in left field.