Thu, 19 Mar 2015 13:53:45 -0700
Minnesota Twins OFs Aaron Hicks, Jordan Schafer, Eddie Rosario and Shane Robinson are essentially all battling for the starting center field job in spring training, according to manager Paul Molitor. Molitor said the competition remains wide open, but Hicks is believed to be the favorite for the job and has hit .300/.400/.500 with two triples and two RBI in eight games. Rosario has also turned heads, but he's not on the current active roster and hasn't played above Class AA. Molitor thinks Hicks needs to win the job to make the roster, too, because the team wants him to play every day to further his development.
Fantasy Tip: With Hicks being the favorite for the job, he has to carry the most fantasy value, albeit limited. Hicks could also end up in a platoon in center, which makes his path to consistent at-bats shaky. None of these options should be drafted in standard leagues, and even Hicks is only worth a low investment in AL-only formats.
Wed, 25 Feb 2015 10:48:32 -0800
Minnesota Twins OF Aaron Hicks looks larger this spring in the shoulder area than he did last year.
Fantasy Tip: Hicks, just 25, has been a disappointment so far in Minnesota. He hit just .215 with one home run in 69 games in his second season in 2014. He'll be under the radar now, and the Twins don't have many sure things in their outfield, meaning Hicks could carve out consistent playing time if he can deliver on his skills. Consider him a worthwhile gamble on the cheap in AL-only formats.
Mon, 16 Feb 2015 13:51:37 -0800
Minnesota Twins OFs Jordan Schafer and Aaron Hicks will be in the running for the starting center field job in 2015, with Schafer potentially being the most major league-ready option for the club. Schafer has had the better career to date, and he played better in 2014, too. Schafer has underperformed in his career, and he's cited a lack of consistent playing time as a result. He hit .285/.345/.362 after joining the Twins last year in less than 150 plate appearances. Schafer provides quickness in the outfield and on the bases, and he's excelled at hitting righties. Hicks, on the other hand, has hit lefties much better in his young career, so the two could make an interesting combination in a platoon in center field.
Fantasy Tip: At first glance and based off their splits, Schafer and Hicks figure to enter the season in a platoon role in center if the Twins plan on keeping Danny Santana at shortstop. Because of that, neither is an attractive option in mixed leagues. Schafer may have the slight edge in AL-only formats, but you have to consider that Byron Buxton may eventually enter the picture at some point this year, which would further complicate matters.
Wed, 07 Jan 2015 13:51:29 -0800
Minnesota Twins OF Aaron Hicks and OF Jordan Schafer may split time at center field this season.
Mon, 22 Sep 2014 14:08:59 -0700
Minnesota Twins OF Aaron Hicks (back) is returning to the lineup Monday, Sept. 22.
Sun, 21 Sep 2014 13:06:09 -0700
Minnesota Twins OF Aaron Hicks (back) missed his second straight game with a stiff back Sunday, Sept. 21, and manager Ron Gardenhire was upset with Hicks for arriving to the park roughly two hours before the game.
Sat, 20 Sep 2014 16:14:56 -0700
Minnesota Twins OF Aaron Hicks (back) was scratched from the lineup Saturday, Sept. 20, with a stiff back.
Tue, 02 Sep 2014 09:43:16 -0700
Minnesota Twins C Josmil Pinto, INF Doug Bernier, RP Logan Darnell, RP Lester Oliveros, RP Michael Tonkin, OF Aaron Hicks and C Chris Herrmann were recalled from the minors Tuesday. Sept. 2.
Wed, 25 Jun 2014 10:05:59 -0700
The Minnesota Twins activated OF Aaron Hicks (shoulder) from the disabled list and optioned him to Double-A New Britain.
Fantasy Tip: They're sticking with the outfield of Josh Willingham, Sam Fuld and Oswaldo Arcia, but that could change as Arcia's slump goes on. Hicks is a deep hold in AL-only games but doesn't deserve mixed consideration right now.
Sun, 22 Jun 2014 11:10:40 -0700
Minnesota Twins OF Aaron Hicks (shoulder) has decided to resume switch hitting, four weeks after declaring that he would only bat from the right side. "He wanted to bat left-handed again," manager Ron Gardenhire said. "He basically didn't feel comfortable (batting) right on right." Hicks, who is on a rehab assignment with Double-A New Britain because of a strained right shoulder, had two hits against a right-handed pitcher while batting left-handed Saturday, June 21.