18-year-old impresses right out of the gate

Center fielder Aaron Hicks has a long way to go before he realizes his major league dreams, but he is showing all the skills that made the Twins select him with the 14th overall pick of the June draft.

Through 38 games with the Twins' Gulf Coast League rookie team, Hicks was batting .306 with three homers and 25 RBI. He was ninth in the league with a .402 on-base percentage and sixth with an on base-plus-slugging percentage of .872.

Twins Assistant General Manager Rob Antony was in Fort Myers last week and kept talking about Hicks' tools.

"He's a little more polished than Torii Hunter was at this stage, that's who we compare him to," Antony said. "He's a switch hitter. A strong kid who will hit for some power and will get bigger and stronger.

"If everything works out right, he's a switch-hitting Torii."

Well, Hicks has showed he is a step or two ahead of Hunter at this stage. In Hunter's first professional season, 1993, he batted .190 in 28 games with four walks and 23 strikeouts in 100 at-bats. Hicks already had 25 walks -- and 27 strikeouts -- in 38 games. Hicks also had 11 stolen bases in 12 attempts.

And it should be pointed out that while several first-round picks were still negotiating contracts with their clubs leading up to the Friday night deadline, Hicks signed relatively early this summer and is on his way as a pro.

Hicks, 18, has a lot to learn and many breaking balls to conquer. But the Twins like what they have seen so far.

"He is pretty impressive," Antony said.

System check

• Class AAA Rochester outfielder Jason Pridie saw his 21-game hitting streak end Friday when he went 0-for-4. It wasn't the longest on the team this season. Infielder Alejandro Machado recently had a 22-game streak, and designated hitter Randy Ruiz had a 24-game streak shortly before being called up to the Twins.

• The Twins want Luke Hughes to settle in as a third baseman at Rochester, especially since he had hit 17 homers in 86 minor league games, including 15 at Class AA New Britain. Hughes will participate in either the Arizona Fall League or winter ball this offseason as a third baseman.

• Class A Fort Myers righthander Cole Devries, a former Eden Prairie High School and Gophers standout, is out because of a sore lower back.

• Fort Myers lefthander Tyler Robertson has been shut down for the season because of a tight shoulder. Robertson, who flew to the Twin Cities this week for an examination, will undergo a rehabilitation program that hopefully will loosen up the shoulder.

• Fort Myers outfielder Danny Santiesteban is being converted to a pitcher. He actually homered on Thursday but had a 1.59 ERA in five appearances on the mound.

• The Twins have extended their player development agreement with New Britain through 2010.

  • get related content delivered to your inbox

  • manage my email subscriptions

ADVERTISEMENT

NY Mets 3 FINAL
St. Louis 2
Pittsburgh 4 FINAL
Atlanta 2
Miami 7 FINAL
Washington 11
Detroit 4 FINAL
Philadelphia 4
Minnesota 6 Bottom 9th Inning
Baltimore 5
NY Yankees 7 Bottom 9th Inning
Houston 0
Tampa Bay 2 FINAL
Boston 3
Baltimore 4 FINAL
Toronto 2
Cincinnati 5 Bottom 5th Inning
LA Angels 3
Chicago Cubs 1 Bottom 2nd Inning
Kansas City 0
Los Angeles 1 Top 2nd Inning
San Francisco 2
Chicago WSox 0 Bottom 2nd Inning
Cleveland 1
Milwaukee 0 Top 3rd Inning
Oakland 0
Seattle 0 Bottom 2nd Inning
San Diego 3
Texas 0 Top 3rd Inning
Los Angeles 0
Colorado 2 Top 2nd Inning
Arizona 0
Arizona 0 Top 2nd Inning
Colorado 0
Houston 99 FINAL
Washington 91
LA Lakers 50 3rd Qtr
Brooklyn 61
Minnesota 22 2nd Qtr 8:18
New Orleans 34
Philadelphia 5 1st Qtr 9:56
Cleveland 2
Detroit 5:00 PM
Miami
LA Clippers 5:00 PM
Boston
Dallas 6:00 PM
Indiana
Memphis 6:00 PM
San Antonio
Oklahoma City 8:00 PM
Phoenix
Washington 2 3rd Prd
NY Rangers 2
Calgary 4:00 PM
Nashville
Boston 4:00 PM
Carolina
Detroit 4:00 PM
NY Islanders
Florida 4:00 PM
Ottawa
Anaheim 6:00 PM
New Jersey
Chicago 6:30 PM
Winnipeg
San Jose 6:30 PM
Pittsburgh
Michigan State 72 1st OT 1:26
Louisville 68
Gonzaga 4:05 PM
Duke
Philadelphia 4:00 PM
Chicago
Toronto FC 6:00 PM
Real Salt Lake
(7) Florida State 74 FINAL
(3) South Carolina 80
Villanova 70 FINAL
West Virginia 75
Michigan 57 2nd Half 3:52
Southern Miss 48
Temple 4:00 PM
Middle Tennessee
Siena 4:00 PM
Louisiana
St Marys-CA 4:00 PM
UCLA
(5) Baylor 7:30 PM
(2) Notre Dame
Connect with twitterConnect with facebookConnect with Google+Connect with PinterestConnect with PinterestConnect with RssfeedConnect with email newsletters

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

question of the day

Poll: What are you following most closely right now?

Weekly Question

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

 
Close