When the Minnesota Twins traded away not one, but two quality center fielders this off-season, many wondered if the free agent market would provide the Twins with a viable replacement. As it turns out, Minnesota may already have the man they want patrolling center within the organization.
Denard Span was traded to the Washington Nationals and Ben Revere was sent to the Philadelphia Phillies, which left the center field spot set up for an open competition this Spring. Right now, top prospect Aaron Hicks is raising some eyebrows and getting ready to claim his stake to the job.
The 23-year-old prospect has yet to play above the Double-A level, but he’s put on quite a Spring Training show for the Twins. Hicks has gone 16-for-53 (.302) so far, with four home runs, four doubles, 14 RBI and 13 runs. Those numbers have Hicks sitting at the top of the Twins’ depth chart at center field.
Teammate and fellow prospect Joe Benson was Hicks’ biggest competition when camp began, but Benson was sent down to Triple-A last week, which has suddenly made the prospect of Hicks stepping into a starting role with the big club right out of Double-A more than just a possibility.
The Twins keep coming up with exciting young talent, but unfortunately their market and wallet size makes it difficult to hang on to these top young players. Hicks could be the next great talent to be harvested by bigger clubs in the league in a few years.