03-17-2014, 10:19 AM #41
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Whether or not Hicks can be this year's Dozier is dependent on whether or not the Twins feel that he has mentally reset himself. He was a big mess. It's possible that he has but just looking at his .650-.700 OPS after the first month disguises how poor his AB's were in his better months.
I still like Hicks as a solid OF'er but his upside isn't as high as some think or thought.
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03-17-2014, 07:32 PM #42
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Some of you guys think that sending a player to AAA is like putting a plant in an organic garden with good sunshine and adequate water, and that, in that environment, the plant comes back strong, healthy and ready to produce.
I think you need to spend some time in AAA yourselves and admire the wonderful environment in Rochester or wherever. Sure, you can puff up an OPS down there by feasting on some bad pitching, but it's not the same thing as becoming a quality MLB player.
Sometimes, with some guys, you need to learn on the job. And the job is hitting MLB pitching. The wrenching decisions of going back and forth to AAA and the Majors, that has an impact on a kid's understanding of his talent.
When it comes to Hicks, I stand by this: He's a good kid with good pedigree, he has a MLB body, arm and speed. He has all the skills to be a very good professional. It ain't doing anyone any good to send him to Rochester and wait for the snow to melt. Let the kid play, let him rob some HRs, let him run the bases, let him hit free and easy down in the lineup. We will see what he's got. If he can't produce, we got Buxton.
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03-17-2014, 08:35 PM #43
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And Hicks was pretty freakin' far from puffing up his OPS when he played there last year. Maybe it was the injury, maybe it wasn't. The way to find that out would have been to have him try AAA again. But instead the Twins are setting him up to fail and get demoted again, which, and I'm just spitballing here, might be worse for him than enduring the horror of having to play in Rochester for a few weeks.
Interesting that you keep bringing up the scouting trope about body type. Puckett and Hrbek are two of the most iconic players in Twins history, and they both looked like they were chosen at random from the stands for a 'Play an Inning of Major League Ball!' Veeck promotional stunt.
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03-18-2014, 05:42 AM #44
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Okay, let's step back a little and tone it down. I think there are good reasons for Hicks to go north with the Twins or to start the season in Rochester. Agree to disagree and keep the discourse civil and on track.
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