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Birth Date10-2-1989
Height6' 1"
Weight202 lbs
Age28 years, 11 months, 19 days
BatsB
ThrowsR
0.92014
1.52015
-0.32016
2.02017
2.42018
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WARP Summary

MLB Statistics

YEAR TEAM AGE G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR TB BB SO HBP SF SH RBI SB CS AVG OBP SLG TAv VORP FRAA WARP
2013 MIN 23 81 313 281 37 54 11 3 8 95 24 84 2 2 4 27 9 3 .192 .259 .338 .237 3.2 6.1 1.0
2014 MIN 24 69 225 186 22 40 8 0 1 51 36 56 0 1 18 4 3 .215 .341 .274 .245 2.3 6.1 0.9
2015 MIN 25 97 390 352 48 90 11 3 11 140 34 66 2 2 0 33 13 3 .256 .323 .398 .253 7.4 6.1 1.5
2016 NYA 26 123 361 327 32 71 13 1 8 110 30 68 0 3 1 31 3 4 .217 .281 .336 .220 -6.8 3.6 -0.3
2017 NYA 27 88 361 301 54 80 18 0 15 143 51 67 3 5 1 52 10 5 .266 .372 .475 .286 22.1 -1.8 2.0
2018 NYA 28 129 551 454 83 111 16 3 24 205 86 106 3 6 2 72 11 2 .244 .364 .452 .285 31.8 -9.8 2.3
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Statistics for All Levels

'opp' stats - Quality of opponents faced - have been moved and are available only as OPP_QUAL in the Statistics reports now.
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YEAR Team Lg G PA TAv oppAVG oppOBP oppSLG oppTAv BABIP BPF BRAA repLVL POS_ADJ FRAA BRR BVORP BWARP VORP WARP
2008 TWI Rk 45 204 .317 .265 .334 .372 .264 .370 92 14 6.8 0.4 -0.5 1.7 22.9 2.1 22.9 2.1
2009 BLT A 67 297 .264 .257 .326 .373 .257 .304 108 1.2 8.5 0.7 2.7 0.6 11.0 1.4 11.0 1.4
2010 BLT A 115 518 .303 .256 .337 .387 .259 .358 105 24 15.3 -0.6 12.8 5.5 44.2 5.8 44.2 5.8
2011 FTM A+ 122 528 .256 .260 .326 .385 .255 .308 100 -2.5 15.8 1.4 33.3 5.5 20.3 5.3 20.3 5.3
2012 NBR AA 129 563 .299 .262 .330 .395 .262 .348 101 22.9 15.5 0.4 3.0 8.7 47.5 5.3 47.5 5.3
2012 MAR Wnt 16 64 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .278 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2013 MIN MLB 81 313 .237 .254 .315 .403 .264 .241 100 -6.8 8.2 0.7 6.1 1.1 3.2 1.0 3.2 1.0
2013 ROC AAA 22 82 .242 .251 .310 .373 .242 .314 106 -1.6 2.4 0 -1.0 0.2 1.0 0.0 1.0 0.0
2014 MIN MLB 69 225 .245 .254 .321 .392 .266 .300 108 -3.1 5.8 0.3 6.1 -0.8 2.3 0.9 2.3 0.9
2014 NBR AA 43 178 .311 .256 .324 .383 .260 .336 102 9.3 4.9 -0.5 1.3 1.9 15.6 1.8 15.6 1.8
2014 ROC AAA 24 84 .247 .248 .312 .370 .242 .317 103 -1.2 2.5 -0.1 -3.0 -0.6 0.6 -0.2 0.6 -0.2
2015 MIN MLB 97 390 .253 .251 .310 .401 .255 .285 106 -2.7 10.5 0.5 6.1 -0.9 7.4 1.5 7.4 1.5
2015 ROC AAA 38 168 .344 .263 .323 .374 .257 .407 92 14.8 4.7 -0.6 4.6 1.4 20.3 2.5 20.3 2.5
2016 NYA MLB 123 361 .220 .258 .319 .420 .257 .248 106 -14.9 10.2 -2.4 3.6 0.3 -6.8 -0.3 -6.8 -0.3
2017 NYA MLB 88 361 .286 .257 .323 .430 .261 .290 105 9.9 10.6 -0.4 -1.8 2.0 22.1 2.0 22.1 2.0
2017 TRN AA 2 9 .361 .274 .332 .441 .280 .167 102 0.9 0.2 -0.2 0.0 0.0 1.0 0.1 1.0 0.1
2017 SWB AAA 5 18 .331 .262 .317 .439 .261 .429 103 1.4 0.5 -0.1 -0.0 0.6 2.5 0.2 2.5 0.2
2018 NYA MLB 129 551 .285 .249 .319 .419 .264 .264 109 13.6 15.4 1.2 -9.8 1.6 31.8 2.3 31.8 2.3
2018 SWB AAA 2 7 .340 .224 .305 .342 .231 .333 101 0.6 0.2 0 -0.2 -0.1 0.7 0.1 0.7 0.1

Statistics For All Levels

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Year Team Lg PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG ISO TAv VORP FRAA WARP
2008 TWI Rk 204 32 55 10 4 4 27 28 32 12 2 .318 .411 .491 .173 .317 22.9 -0.5 2.1
2009 BLT A 297 43 63 15 3 4 29 40 55 10 8 .251 .354 .382 .131 .264 11.0 2.7 1.4
2010 BLT A 518 86 118 27 6 8 49 88 112 21 11 .279 .400 .428 .149 .303 44.2 12.8 5.8
2011 FTM A+ 528 79 107 31 5 5 38 78 110 17 9 .242 .354 .368 .126 .256 20.3 33.3 5.3
2012 NBR AA 563 100 135 21 11 13 61 79 116 32 11 .286 .384 .460 .174 .299 47.5 3.0 5.3
2012 MAR Wnt 64 9 11 2 0 1 5 8 17 4 1 .204 .306 .296 .093 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2013 ROC AAA 82 7 16 4 2 0 5 10 21 1 0 .222 .317 .333 .111 .242 1.0 -1.0 0.0
2013 MIN MLB 313 37 54 11 3 8 27 24 84 9 3 .192 .259 .338 .146 .237 3.2 6.1 1.0
2014 ROC AAA 84 9 20 5 0 1 8 9 13 1 1 .278 .349 .389 .111 .247 0.6 -3.0 -0.2
2014 NBR AA 178 30 44 11 1 4 21 28 27 2 3 .297 .404 .466 .169 .311 15.6 1.3 1.8
2014 MIN MLB 225 22 40 8 0 1 18 36 56 4 3 .215 .341 .274 .059 .245 2.3 6.1 0.9
2015 ROC AAA 168 26 51 13 4 3 20 17 30 2 1 .342 .405 .544 .201 .344 20.3 4.6 2.5
2015 MIN MLB 390 48 90 11 3 11 33 34 66 13 3 .256 .323 .398 .142 .253 7.4 6.1 1.5
2016 NYA MLB 361 32 71 13 1 8 31 30 68 3 4 .217 .281 .336 .119 .220 -6.8 3.6 -0.3
2017 NYA MLB 361 54 80 18 0 15 52 51 67 10 5 .266 .372 .475 .209 .286 22.1 -1.8 2.0
2017 TRN AA 9 3 2 1 0 1 2 1 1 0 0 .250 .333 .750 .500 .361 1.0 0.0 0.1
2017 SWB AAA 18 4 6 2 1 0 1 2 2 1 0 .375 .444 .625 .250 .331 2.5 -0.0 0.2
2018 SWB AAA 7 0 2 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 .333 .429 .500 .167 .340 0.7 -0.2 0.1
2018 NYA MLB 551 83 111 16 3 24 72 86 106 11 2 .244 .364 .452 .207 .285 31.8 -9.8 2.3

Plate Discipline

YEAR PITCHES ZONE_RT SWING_RT CONTACT_RT Z_SWING_RT O_SWING_RT Z_CONTACT_RT O_CONTACT_RT SW_STRK_RT CSAA_CHANCES CSAA_RT
2013 1269 0.5122 0.3893 0.7632 0.5415 0.2294 0.8324 0.5915 0.2368 636 -0.005097
2014 952 0.4706 0.3687 0.7892 0.5871 0.1746 0.8631 0.5682 0.2108 491 -0.008957
2015 1474 0.5061 0.4410 0.7938 0.6488 0.2280 0.8740 0.5602 0.2062 685 -0.005747
2016 1375 0.4967 0.4487 0.7520 0.6764 0.2240 0.8268 0.5290 0.2480 0 0.000000
2017 1483 0.4572 0.3884 0.7292 0.6077 0.2037 0.8131 0.5183 0.2708 0 0.000000
2018 2335 0.4711 0.3876 0.7613 0.6100 0.1895 0.8286 0.5684 0.2387 0 0.000000
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Injury History  —  No longer being updated

Last Update: 12/31/2014 23:59 ET

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2014-09-20 2014-09-22 DTD 2 2 - Back Stiffness -
2014-06-10 2014-06-25 15-DL 15 13 Right Shoulder Strain -
2014-06-08 2014-06-09 DTD 1 1 Right Shoulder Soreness Diving Catch -
2014-05-28 2014-05-29 DTD 1 1 - Low Back Tightness -
2014-05-02 2014-05-09 7-DL 7 7 - Head Concussion Running Into Wall - -
2014-03-05 2014-03-12 Camp 7 0 Right Arm Soreness Triceps - -
2013-08-07 2013-08-09 Minors 2 0 Right Thigh Strain Quadriceps - -
2013-06-10 2013-07-02 15-DL 22 19 Left Thigh Strain Hamstring - -
2013-05-11 2013-05-13 DTD 2 2 Right Elbow Soreness - -
2011-05-25 2011-06-04 Minors 10 9 - Not Disclosed - -
2010-07-08 2010-07-21 Minors 13 0 Right Wrist Sprain Diving Catch -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2018 NYA $2,825,000
2017 NYA $1,350,000
2016 NYA $574,000
2015 MIN $
2014 MIN $507,500
2013 MIN $490,000
YearsDescriptionSalary
4 yrPrevious$2,921,500
2018Current$2,825,000
5 yrPvs + Cur$5,746,500
5 yrTotal$5,746,500

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
4 y 41 dCAA Sports1 year/$2.825M (2018)

Details
  • 1 year/$2.825M (2018). Re-signed by NY Yankees 1/11/18 (avoided arbitration).
  • 1 year/$1.35M (2017). Re-signed by NY Yankees 1/13/17 (avoided arbitration).
  • 1 year/$0.574M (2016). Re-signed by NY Yankees 3/16.
  • 1 year/$0.515M (2015). Re-signed by Minnesota 3/3/15. Acquired by NY Yankees in trade from Minnesota 11/11/15.
  • 1 year/$0.5075M (2014). Re-signed by Minnesota 2/28/14.
  • 1 year/$0.49M (2013). Contract purchased by Minnesota 11/20/12. Re-signed by Minnesota 2/21/13.
  • Drafted by Minnesota 2008 (1-14) (Wilson HS, Long Beach). Signed 6/08, $1.78M signing bonus.

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Platoon

SORT_FIELD PLATOON AVG OBP SLG TAv
10 vs L (Multi) .211 .277 .346 .218
11 vs R (Multi) .235 .307 .352 .240
18 Split (Multi) .024 .030 .006 .022
19 LgAvg (Multi) -.012 -.001 -.003 -.000
30 vs L (2016) .161 .213 .271 .166
31 vs R (2016) .249 .318 .373 .249
38 Split (2016) .088 .105 .102 .083
39 LgAvg (2016) -.014 .000 -.009 -.001

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BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2018-02-20 13:00:00 (link to chat)For 2018 only. Aaron Hicks or Acuna?
(Chris from Baltimore)
With Stanton in the mix, I worry about playing time for Hicks, and 2017 may be as good as it gets in the near term. I'm usually bearish on prospects, but I'll take Acuna for better production in 2018. The issue is where you'll have to draft them. Acuna is the 33rd OF off the board, whereas Hicks is 58th. In terms of risk and value based on ADP, Hicks is the safer bet. But safe doesn’t win championships. (Kevin Jebens)
2017-10-03 20:00:00 (link to chat)Have the Yankees done the Twins a favor by starting Aaron Hicks and DHing Jacoby Ellsbury? They seem to have really limited their bench use, given that they will PH for Ellsbury with someone they cannot use in the field.
(InsightsHound from St. Paul, Minnesota (go Twins!))
You can make an argument that putting the best defense out there is important given that the Twins aren't really a feast-or-famine team, but yeah. I imagine Chase Headley may pinch hit for him at some point. We shall see. - Nick Stellini (AL WC Game Chat)
2017-05-03 20:00:00 (link to chat)The unsung heroes of April. Aaron Hicks for example, in a sort of everybody in the Yankees' outfield (even Judge occasionally) gets a day off a week filler role put up quite studly numbers. What other reserves have been kicking it deep down in the box scores so far this season?
(Paul from DC)
This isn't exactly what you mean, but I would love to see Ryan Schimpf hit .175, draw 100 walks and hit 45 homers. Adam Dunn would be like, dude! (David Brown)
2017-05-18 13:00:00 (link to chat)if your brian cashman what is your next move? trade OF prospect for Yu Darvish? trade Gardner to open up OF spot for Frazier or Fowler? etc.
(a.j. from las vegas)
I don't think they need to do anything, honestly. There isn't anything crazy unsustainable here (well, maybe Aaron Hicks, although I always believed in Aaron Hicks). Think you can shore up around the edges come July without going whole hog buy. Depending on Chapman's shoulder you may need to poke around for an Addison Reed or Nick Vincent or Ryan Madson, but those guys are always available. (Jeffrey Paternostro)
2016-04-14 20:00:00 (link to chat)Are you bullish any of these young platoon outfielders become complete players in the next 2 years? Aaron Hicks, Trayce Thompson, Anthony Gose, Adam Duvall, Avisail Garcia, Tyler Naquin?
(Yes Cheese from Yep)
Absolutely no, never, not gonna happen on Avisail Garcia. I don't think he turns into anything. I'd be surprised if Trayce Thompson turns into a decent everyday player at the MLB level, too. I think Gose is a platoon player, although he's on the good side of the platoon and plays excellent defense, so he could get a little more playing time by virtue of his defense. I don't think Adam Duval will ever be a legit starter on a decent team. Naquin could get more run than most players with his offensive profile due to his glove and the lack of options in CF in Cleveland for the time being. I like Hicks, though. I'm not sure Hicks will ever be a complete player, but he's the best bet of this group. The twins really jerked him around, though, and it hurt his development, maybe irreparably. His glove and arm will give him a lot more chances to figure it out than most outfielders, though. (Scooter Hotz)
2016-03-14 14:30:00 (link to chat)Keep 3 - Jackie Bradley Jr, Trayce Thompson, Aaron Hicks, Domingo Santana, Brett Phillips
(Paulie from Miami, FL)
Bradley, Philiips, and what the hell, Hicks. I don't love Santana and I don't see a clear path to playing time for Trayce. (Brendan Gawlowski)
2015-10-27 13:00:00 (link to chat)Which prospect are you most disappointed in (that you thought would excel but didn't) and which are you most proud of (that exceeded your expectations; Jacob deGrom doesn't count!?
(Kate from Jersey City)
I thought Alex Meyer would have put it together by now and at worst be a dominant late-inning arm with a shot to start. I don't know if the command profile works more than as a generic middle guy. I won't say I'm proud of this, because I horribly missed here, but Brian Dozier turning into a good regular I did not see coming at all. Looked like a grindy, but very Twins, utility guy to me. I missed on few guys on those Rock Cats team. Colabello had a similar power jump in the majors. At least Aaron Hicks looks more like the guy I saw in the Eastern League now. (Jeffrey Paternostro)
2015-09-21 20:30:00 (link to chat)Is Aaron Hicks a future 10/10 JAG, 20/20 All-Star, or 30/30 HOF...asking for a friend
(Frau from Orlando)
I'll split the difference between JAG and All-Star and say he can go 15-15, or maybe 15-20. (Bret Sayre)
2015-08-13 20:00:00 (link to chat)Greg, Are we seeing the beginning of the Aaron Hicks breakout, or is this just a tease? What kind of production do you eventually see from him on an ongoing basis?
(Cal Guy from Cal)
Depends on how you define a tease. He's not a .290 hitter who can go 20/20, or whatever his current numbers extrapolate to over 162 games. He does have minor league pedigree though and a good reminder on why you shouldn't write off players based on their first 100-200 PAs. (Greg Wellemeyer)
2015-07-23 17:00:00 (link to chat)Does Byron Buxton return to the minors when healthy or do the Twins bump Aaron Hicks over for him?
(BNer Chip from Wrigleyville)
It'll be Buxton. I don't think you promote him the first time unless you're serious about playing him. (Mike Gianella)
2015-07-28 18:00:00 (link to chat)Is Aaron Hicks quietly becoming a productive major leaguer?
(Bort from Springfield)
I don't think so, I just think he's treading water rather than outright drowning. (Mauricio Rubio)
2015-01-05 15:00:00 (link to chat)Hey Jeff - What kind of hope should Twins fans have with Aaron Hicks? Did the Twins ruin him by rushing him to the bigs?
(JJ from MPLS)
It's a possibility, though there's no way to know for sure. They could have taken their time with him and he still could never have hit in the big leagues. We don't know. Look at Jackie Bradley. You just never know. That said, rushing him the way they did certainly didn't help. I hate when teams do it, even if they have a need. It's even worse when it's on a bad team. (Jeff Moore)
2014-07-15 13:00:00 (link to chat)Torii Hunter, Denard Span, Ben Revere, Aaron Hicks, Byron Buxton, do the Twins have a fetish for this type of player or what?
(Ace from PA)
Athletic CFs? Who wouldn't? Though, the only real common link between these three is position, ethnicity, and a tie to Minnesota. Otherwise, they're vastly different skill-sets. (Paul Sporer)
2014-03-27 13:00:00 (link to chat)who's the post-hype sleeper we'll be talking about in 2 months as having been given up on too soon?
(Brian from MA)
I wish I knew. Aaron Hicks was so bad last season, but he's reportedly put on weight and looked better this spring. Maybe it's him. Or maybe it's one of the Mariners' myriad disappointing hitters. (R.J. Anderson)
2014-03-17 13:00:00 (link to chat)Are you holding out hope for Aaron Hicks to put it together or is he a bench bat?
(Michael from GA)
I think Hicks can still be fine. He was rushed last year and should have been in Triple-A. He also had some underwhelming years in the low minors early in his career. Unfortunately, he only has 2014 to turn it around before he's replaced by Byron Buxton. (Jeff Moore)
2014-01-21 18:00:00 (link to chat)Is George Springer going to get enough at bats to win AL Rookie of the Year? Who do you like for the award?
(Frank from Houston)
Hi Frank:

My guess is Springer gets a mid-season call-up and would have to put up incredible numbers to win the award if that's the case. I'm terrible at these sorts of questions; I picked Aaron Hicks last year for BP's preseason projections. I'll go with Jackie Bradley just because I can see the playing time for him and think he'll be solid. (Mike Gianella)
2014-01-21 18:00:00 (link to chat)Is George Springer going to get enough at bats to win AL Rookie of the Year? Who do you like for the award?
(Frank from Houston)
Hi Frank:

My guess is Springer gets a mid-season call-up and would have to put up incredible numbers to win the award if that's the case. I'm terrible at these sorts of questions; I picked Aaron Hicks last year for BP's preseason projections. I'll go with Jackie Bradley just because I can see the playing time for him and think he'll be solid. (Mike Gianella)
2014-01-21 18:00:00 (link to chat)Is George Springer going to get enough at bats to win AL Rookie of the Year? Who do you like for the award?
(Frank from Houston)
Hi Frank:



My guess is Springer gets a mid-season call-up and would have to put up incredible numbers to win the award if that's the case. I'm terrible at these sorts of questions; I picked Aaron Hicks last year for BP's preseason projections. I'll go with Jackie Bradley just because I can see the playing time for him and think he'll be solid. (Mike Gianella)
2013-06-11 14:00:00 (link to chat)What do you make of the Twins decision to stick with Aaron Hicks when most organizations would have him perfecting his game at AA or AAA .What do you think is the best approach in his case ?
(Spirou from Montreal)
Hicks is now on the disabled list with a hamstring strain, but in general, I think the Twins might have been a bit overzealous following his impressive spring. Hicks had a nice breakout year in Double-A, but his 56 strikeouts in 190 plate appearances do suggest that some more seasoning is needed. On the other hand, the Twins know their players better than we do, and it's possible that what they know about Hicks tells them he'll be better off in the long run if he makes the necessary adjustments on the fly. (Daniel Rathman)
2013-04-30 12:00:00 (link to chat)Thanks for taking the questions. What are your thoughts on the Twins' Arcia? Will he stick in the majors? Thanks.
(Dave from Boston)
He could be a nice hitter long-term. I don't know if he'll stick all season. They've given Aaron Hicks a longer leash than I would have, however, so it's possible they do the same with Arcia. (R.J. Anderson)
2013-04-30 12:00:00 (link to chat)Speaking of Aaron Hicks, he seems to be improving a bit lately at the plate. What are your thoughts on his long-term MLB potential?
(Jim from Minneapolis)
Hicks is a frustrating talent. The physical tools are there for him to become a very good player but what I saw during the early going was a mess. If I went karma-defunct and woke up after six years to learn that Hicks was bouncing around the minors still it wouldn't surprise, nor would him making an All-Star game or two. Maybe he'll split the uprights and become a functional big-league player who frustrates fans with his inability to put it all together for good. (R.J. Anderson)
2013-04-15 13:00:00 (link to chat)Thoughts on why Aaron Hicks is struggling so badly? Just nerves & bad luck or something more?
(jdmurphy from Rochester)
Hey jd, thanks for joining us. I think the main problem for Hicks is that it's very hard to hit big-league pitching. R.J. Anderson had some thoughts on Hicks' struggles last week that I encourage you to read. Short version: He may need more time in the minors. (Geoff Young)
2013-04-15 13:00:00 (link to chat)Some of my fantasy guys are really struggling early. What's your short and long term prognosis for Mike Moustakas? Will Aaron Hicks relax and stick around? Does Lorenzo Cain have what it takes to be a star? Leonys Martin?
(Jim from Seattle)
I like Moustakas, although he's taking his time to develop. Then again, he's only 24, so he's got time. Hicks we've covered, Cain is useful but not exciting. Martin seems like a high-risk/high-reward type, but the sample is so limited at the big-league level, I don't have a good feel for him yet. (Geoff Young)
2013-03-28 13:00:00 (link to chat)Jackie Bradley and Aaron Hicks. Who has a bigger impact this year and long term?
(Klochner from MN)
Different skill sets -- Hicks is more physical and profiles as a speed/power guy. Bradley is a bit more instinctual, with the game coming to him a little easier, profiling as an OBP over SLG offensive player. I'd say pick'em, but Bradley is probably a safer bet with a slightly lower ceiling. (Nick Faleris)
2013-03-15 13:00:00 (link to chat)Harry, Do you think Aaron Hicks will initially struggle and get sent back down or does he have a good year and stay up for good ?
(Paul from St. Paul)
For sure he'll struggle at times but eventually stick. How the Twins handle him is another question. (Harry Pavlidis)
2013-03-12 13:00:00 (link to chat)Lots of exciting young outfielders getting a shot this year. Of this group who do you like best for 2013 and beyond?: Lorenzo Cain, Leonys Martin, and Aaron Hicks.
(Jim from Chicago)
I like 'em in that order. (Paul Sporer)
2013-02-25 11:00:00 (link to chat)George Springer vs Aaron Hicks. Who has louder tools and ceiling?
(George Springer from Houston)
HIcks and Hicks (Jason Parks on the Top 101 Prospects)
2013-01-16 13:30:00 (link to chat)In what order would you rank the future fantasy prospects/production of: Aaron Hicks, Jackie Bradley, and Rymer Liriano?
(Kai from SLO)
Liriano has the most raw offensive potential of the trio, but I'd put my money on Hicks ultimately providing the most fantasy value. (Mark Anderson)
2012-12-20 14:00:00 (link to chat)Hi Daniel. In your opinion is Cleveland really going to play Lonnie Chisenhall and if so what do you think he is capable of? Also in this vein is Mastroianni going to be the CF placeholder to start the season in Minnesota at least until Aaron Hicks proves he can hit AAA pitching and is called up? Thank you.
(michaelmcduffe from ottawa)
Hi, michaelmcduffe. Given the state of the free-agent pickings, I do expect Chisenhall to start the year as Cleveland's third baseman, perhaps with Mike Aviles spelling him against some left-handed pitchers. He should offer solid defense and enough bat to be a passable regular, with a chance to become above-average down the road.

Meanwhile, the Twins don't seem to be in any rush, so Mastroianni-to-Hicks appears to be the plan. (Daniel Rathman)
2012-06-04 13:00:00 (link to chat)When I think about the Twins picking Byron Buxton all I can see is Aaron Hicks. Can Buxton pitch? Tell me reassuring things about the great potential of youth.
(Cris E from St Paul, MN)
He may have the most potential of any player in this year's draft. If Houston opts for Appel over Buxton and Minnesota takes the latter with the second pick, I think the odds of your being pleased with that selection in five years are very good. (Bradley Ankrom)
2012-02-13 13:00:00 (link to chat)Did you struggle in omitting Aaron Hicks from the list?
(Corey from Marina Del Ray)
Not really. (Kevin Goldstein)
2012-02-07 13:00:00 (link to chat)I'm trying to understand Aaron Hicks, the level of tools versus present performance. Any scouts outside the organization still believe the tools will translate?
(Vic Griffin from Minnesota)
Plenty of them do. The tools are almost too much too deny in a lot of ways. Double-A will be a HUGE test for his future. (Kevin Goldstein)
2012-01-26 13:00:00 (link to chat)Should we give up on Aaron Hicks? His numbers are pathetic, but prospect-rankings have kept him in the top 50 for 3 straight years.
(Bucky from NY)
The dream provided by the tools will eventually erode from out minds unless the production increases. It has to happen so or its time to push him down the prospect queue. (Jason Parks)
2011-10-17 13:00:00 (link to chat)Any signs of life from Aaron Hicks in the AFL?
(AaronSF from CA)
Nope. (Kevin Goldstein)
2011-10-17 13:00:00 (link to chat)Is Casey Kelly in that Aaron Hicks category? Looks great, but the performance doesn't seem to be there. Is there still #2 upside with him or is he more of a innings guy in your opinion?
(BrowningNagle from Louisville, KY)
Yes. He's the starter on the "Why Isn't This Guy Better?" team. (Kevin Goldstein)
2011-10-04 13:00:00 (link to chat)Most scouts still rave about Aaron Hicks' tools, but what's the deal with him, why are the numbers not there?
(Kyle2099 from St. Paul, MN)
Great question. If I knew that answer, I might be able to convince a team to hire me. It's difficult to appreciate the failures of a player without seeing that player in person on a regular basis. I can look at the scouting reports and my brief in-person exposure to him and tell you that the tools are sexy, but the transition from tools to skills is a struggle. I wish I could provide a more detailed response, but the honest answer is that I'm not really sure why the tools aren't turning into production. (Jason Parks)
2011-09-02 14:00:00 (link to chat)You said about Aaron Hicks that sooner or later we need to see results and not just be talking about the tools. I don't think that's the first time I've heard that said about him. Should Twins fans be worried?
(cooldude from Mpls)
I think a bit of worry is more than fair at this point. (Kevin Goldstein)
2011-08-10 13:00:00 (link to chat)What's happened to Aaron Hicks? Has the star all but fizzled?
(NTubrinski29 from Minny)
Just finished writing about him for my CF article. Out of the ten industry voices I polled on the subject. all ten thought Hicks belonged high on the list. The tools are just too good to ignore, but the production needs to start showing up. (Jason Parks)
2011-02-28 13:00:00 (link to chat)When Aaron Hicks was drafted, did he have any plus offerings? Did he project well as a hurler?
(Mike White from SoDak)
Guy threw 97 off the mound. Could have been an early pick as a pitcher, but the overall package was too much to deny as an outfielder. (Kevin Goldstein)
2011-01-03 14:00:00 (link to chat)Kevin, love the chats. Now that my Fiesta Bowl passing record is safe, who do you think is the top breakout candidate for 2011 from this list: Aaron Hicks, Wilmer Flores, Jonathan Singleton.
(BrowningNagle from Louisville, KY)
A. (Kevin Goldstein)
2010-08-20 15:30:00 (link to chat)Aaron Hicks has put together a solid season. Do his tools finally breakout next year in the FSL?
(Drew from NY)
I'm tired of saying he's solid. Next year, it's time for some production. (Kevin Goldstein)
2010-07-01 14:00:00 (link to chat)Hey Kevin, love your chats! Were bigger things expected from Aaron Hicks this year? He seems to be producing an exact duplicate of last year in A.
(Yoopie from Winnipeg)
More was definitely expected out of him, but he's still spectacular at times, and one has to think that we'll begin to see 'that guy' more often. (Kevin Goldstein)
2010-04-08 14:00:00 (link to chat)Which minor league assignment surprised you the most? Dee Gordon to AA? How do you think he'll fare there?
(Steve from Clearwater, FL)
This was my most surprising high assignment, Aaron Hicks at Low-A was the surprising low one, with him staying at Low-A Beloit. Obviously, Leake in the big leagues enters the picture if we include the majors. (Kevin Goldstein)
2009-11-17 14:00:00 (link to chat)Most likely starting CF for the twins in 3-5 years, Ben Revere or Aaron Hicks?
(Corey from St. Paul, MN)
I like Revere, but I love Hicks. (Kevin Goldstein)
2009-03-19 15:00:00 (link to chat)Aaron Hicks & ________ are the guys I should be excited seeing play for the Beloit Snappers this year?
(jlebeck66 from WI)
Angel Morales -- could be huge. (Kevin Goldstein)


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