Minnesota Twins prospect Aaron Hicks is having an outstanding Spring Training, and has become the favorite to land the starting center field job in 2013.
Hicks is batting .400 with four home runs, 12 RBIs, three doubles and one stolen base in 30 at-bats this spring. The three-way competition for the starting center field position looks to be all but over as Hicks has become the front-runner.
If there was any debate over whether Hicks deserves the role, then his performance on March 7 certainly put it to rest. The 23-year old went 4-for-5 with three home runs, six RBIs and four runs scored against the Philadelphia Phillies.
For anyone that has followed the young man’s Minor League career, this may come as quite the shock, considering he has never showed this amount of potential. He is a career .271 hitter with 34 home runs and 204 RBIs in five seasons. Not to mention, he has never even stepped foot in Triple-A.
Regardless, Hicks is soaring high above his counterparts and looks to have the starting job pretty much wrapped up. The only question now is if he will be able to continue this success into the regular season when the big boys decide to come out and play.
It is great that Hicks had so much success against the Phillies, especially since his first homer of the day came against former Cy Young winner Cliff Lee. However, he must not allow this kind of performance to go to his head because he has plenty of more to learn before the start of the regular season.