If you just glance at the team stats, it would appear the Twins missed the boat badly in placing Aaron Hicks in center field to start the 2013 season.
If you look closer, and past his dismal first 3 weeks of the season, and you see a glimpse of what Twins general manager Terry Ryan and manager Ron Gardenhire saw when making the decision to promote Hicks from AA to the majors.
Over the past 30 days, Hicks has a batting average of .226. Since May started, he is hitting .235. Granted, those numbers won’t make Ted Williams blush any time soon, but it is a significant improvement. When you take into consideration that Hicks is showing some flashes of power (2 home runs Monday night) and the ability to hit in the clutch (15 RBI) and there is more reason for the Twins to remain patient with their 23-year-old center fielder.
Hicks has also cut down on his strikeouts (only 9 this month after 26 in April), and is relatively patient at the plate, as he works counts and has drawn 15 walks this season.
On defense, he has shown a strong, yet accurate arm, and his confidence was shown yesterday when he leaped over the wall in center field to help preserve the Twins victory of the White Sox.
Hicks hasn’t answer all the question marks, but the past month has shown that he at least has a chance to be an everyday outfielder in the major leagues. At the very least, it should have calmed the fears that the Twins would have to go to a Plan B that at the current time doesn’t appear to exist.