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Aaron Hicks can thank Denard Span for being traded and leaving center field vacant and ready for the taking. Because it now seems that Hicks will take that job despite not playing in Triple-A.
Aaron Hicks is about to make the jump from Double-A to the Majors. It's not an unprecedented move (Paul Goldschmidt did it successfully), but it is still uncommon enough to be intriguing. The Minnesota Twins have been on the prowl for their next center fielder since Denard Span left for Washington via trade. As it turns out, they likely have him - and he's already in the organization.
Jon Heyman of CBS Sports says that despite the fact that announcement has not been made, Hicks is poised to take the center field job and start the season on the Twins' 25-man roster. The whispers throughout the organization are that Hicks in on the verge of officially being given the Opening Day job. It would be quite the accomplishment.
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Hicks is just 23 years old and has spent less than five full seasons in the minors. Should he make the jump, he will be doing so from a minor league level in which he has just 129 games of experience. While Hicks may be ready for the jump, here have to be concerns about his ability to adjust to Major League pitchers.
In 2012, Hicks hit .286/.384/.460 with 13 home runs. He was impressive to say the least. So far this spring, he's been even more impressive. In his 10 games-played, Hicks is hitting .371/.378/.800 with 4 home runs and 13 RBI. Those numbers may not be indicative of what he can do at the Major League level, but they are a nice start.