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Twins | Aaron Hicks has another chance

Minnesota Twins OF Aaron Hicks is hoping to turn things around in his second season after struggling in his rookie year in 2013 and being demoted to the minors for good in August. "That's what we hope Hicks does, same thing (as Dozier)," manager Ron Gardenhire said. "Take it and run with it. Believe me, you're talking young players that aren't out of second chances. They'll get plenty of chances here; now it's up to them. We like the heck out of the kid, and it's the same thing with Dozier. That makes it pretty easy to give them a chance, give them a look again." Hicks is competing with OF Alex Presley this spring for the starting center field job, and Presley is out of minor league options, which gives him a slight edge.

Hicks adjusted his offseason workout routine this year, holding off from baseball activities until late November. This spring, he entered camp noticeably stronger than last year, and he spent time working with former 2B Rod Carew. Gardenhire is already noticing a big difference in Hicks this year.

Fantasy Tip: Hicks remains a top prospect in the organization, although he's now overshadowed by Byron Buxton. After his hot spring last year, Hicks was clearly overvalued in fantasy circles and was rushed to the big leagues. This could be his year if he learns from his failures in 2013. He's a nice sleeper in AL-only leagues with a solid blend of power and speed.

2014-03-11 10:08:54 | Source: MLB.com - Rhett Bollinger

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