10. Aaron Hicks, OF, Minnesota Twins
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Hicks hails out of Long Beach, Calif., and was taken 14th overall by the Twinkies back in 2008. The switch-hitting outfielder spent 2009-2011 at Class A, including two straight seasons with Single-A Beloit. In his first taste at Double-A New Britain last season, he hit .286 with 13 home runs, 61 RBIs and 32 stolen bases in 472 at-bats.
Hicks has all the tools to succeed at the next level. He posted career highs last year in home runs and also led the Eastern League in walks with 79. His spike in homers suggests he's tapping into some of his raw power. While he doesn't profile as a power-hitting outfielder, it isn't completely far fetched that he could approach 20 homers in a full season. After all, he's only 23 years old and can grow into his 6-foot-2, 185-pound body. His speed and defensive skills are above average, too.
An exemplary showing this spring (13-for-32, four homers) has Hicks as the favorite to win the starting center field gig in Minnesota over Joe Benson and Darin Mastroianni. A hamstring tweak for Mastroianni has helped Hicks' cause. Be careful not to overvalue his spring stats. Playing time is what's important here, and he should receive plenty of it if he indeed does crack the opening day roster. However, Hicks must cut down on his strikeouts if he's to make a significant impact in the majors. He's not a bad late-round speculative pick in drafts this year.
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About Keith Hernandez
Keith, an editor with KFFL, joined the team as a Hot off the Wire analyst in 2008 and has been playing fantasy sports since 2005. He is involved in MLB, NFL and NASCAR content. He graduated from the University of California-San Diego in 2005 with a B.A. in Communications and was a four-year starter as a member of the baseball program.
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