I mentioned in a recent post that Baseball America named Aaron Hicks the No. 1 prospect in the Minnesota Twins’ farm system.
This was no surprise, considering Hicks was drafted in the first round last year. But I wanted to know more about him. Here’s what I found:
- Baseball America calls him a "toolsy" outfielder. It says he has the best outfield arm and is the best defensive outfielder in the system, but that he also has the best strike-zone discipline in the system and is the best athlete.
- Hicks walked nearly as many times as he struck out (28 BBs, 32 Ks) last year for the Gulf Coast League Twins. That’s an impressive accomplishment for someone his age playing short-season ball. He hit .318 and had a .409 OBP with four homers and 12 steals in 45 games.
- Baseball America had already named Hicks the top prospect in all of the Gulf Coast League a couple months ago.
- It sounds like he’ll open 2009 at Class A Beloit. Beloit’s outfield next year could be Hicks, Ben Revere and Angel Morales, all of whom are among the team’s top 10 prospects according to BA. Revere could open at Fort Myers, though.
- In multiple places scouts said Hicks was the best prospect to come out of the Los Angeles area since Darryl Strawberry in the early 1980s.
- A number of major league teams considered drafting him as a pitcher. He throws in the 90s.
Well, there’s some info to chew on it. That’s part of the fun with prospects. Hicks could come through like Joe Mauer, or he could flounder like Pat Mahomes or David McCarty before him. You never know.
And finally, in my neverending effort to provide YouTube videos, here’s all I could find on Hicks from last season with the GCL Twins. It’s a plate appearance where he walks, so it’s not much.