Aaron Hicks

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Aaron Hicks
Aaron Hicks.jpg
Hicks with the Minnesota Twins
Minnesota Twins – No. 32
Center fielder
Born: (1989-10-02) October 2, 1989 (age 24)
Long Beach, California
Bats: Switch Throws: Right
MLB debut
April 1, 2013 for the Minnesota Twins
Career statistics
(through May 12, 2014)
Batting average .185
Hits 67
Home runs 9
Runs batted in 34
Teams

Aaron M. Hicks (born October 2, 1989) is an American professional baseball center fielder for the Minnesota Twins of Major League Baseball (MLB). He made his MLB debut on April 1, 2013.

Minor league career[edit]

A switch hitter, Hicks was drafted by Minnesota Twins in the first round of the 2008 Major League Baseball Draft out of Wilson Classical High School in Long Beach, California.[1] In his first professional season, Hicks was tabbed a 2008 Baseball America Rookie All-Star and named the top prospect in the Twins' organization. He batted .318 with four home runs, 27 runs batted in, twelve stolen bases and 28 walks for the Gulf Coast League Twins to earn a Gulf Coast League postseason All-Star nod. In 2009, Hicks batted .251 with four home runs, 29 RBIs, ten steals and 40 walks for the Beloit Snappers. He returned to Beloit in 2010 and hit .279 with eight home runs.

Playing for the Fort Myers Miracle in 2011, he hit .242 with five home runs. In 2012 he hit .286 with 13 home runs for the New Britain Rock Cats. After being sent down from the major leagues in August, for the 2013 season in AAA he batted .222 with the Rochester Red Wings.[2]

Hicks has been a top 100 prospect by Baseball America four times.[3][4][5][6]

Major leagues[edit]

On March 24, 2013, it was announced that Hicks would be the starting center fielder for the Minnesota Twins. He chose his new number to honor Dave Winfield, who wore 32 for the Twins.[7] In a game in April 2013, he was taken out of the lineup midgame after he failed to run hard after hitting a short fly ball that was dropped.[8] He was sent down to AAA on August 1, and was not called back up in 2013.[8][9]

In 2013, Hicks batted .192 in 281 at bats, with a .259 on-base percentage.[10][9] Jim Souhan of the Star Tribune wrote that he became: "the latest unpaid spokesman for the Public Service Announcement that reminds baseball fans not to believe anything they see in spring training."[11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Twins select best talent with picks". Minnesota.twins.mlb.com. March 27, 2014. Retrieved April 28, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Aaron Hicks Statistics and History". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved May 13, 2014. 
  3. ^ "Where The Top 100 Are". Baseballamerica.com. April 9, 2009. Retrieved April 28, 2014. 
  4. ^ "Top 100 Prospects: No. 1-20". Baseballamerica.com. February 23, 2010. Retrieved April 28, 2014. 
  5. ^ "2011 Top 100 Prospects". Baseballamerica.com. February 23, 2011. Retrieved April 28, 2014. 
  6. ^ "2013 Top 100 Prospects". Baseballamerica.com. February 19, 2013. Retrieved April 28, 2014. 
  7. ^ Berardino, Mike (April 1, 2013). "Minnesota Twins: Aaron Hicks picks 32 for Dave Winfield, dad and more". Twincities.com. Retrieved April 28, 2014. 
  8. ^ a b "Twinsights: Aaron Hicks played Saturday 'in a fog,' Gardy says". twincities.com. April 20, 2014. Retrieved April 28, 2014. 
  9. ^ a b "Aaron Hicks gets another shot". March 27, 2014. Retrieved April 28, 2014. 
  10. ^ "Aaron Hicks Statistics and History". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved April 28, 2014. 
  11. ^ "Souhan: After 2013 disaster, Hicks shows signs of fulfilling promise". Star Tribune. Retrieved April 28, 2014. 

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