Good morning prospect watchers. Here is today's discussion thread for minor league prospect discussion and spring training news from Florida and Arizona. Some potential items of interest for you:
***Aaron Hicks has officially won the center field job for the Minnesota Twins by hitting .350/.397/.650 this spring, with four homers, 16 RBI, and three steals. Hicks has always had outstanding physical tools, with above-average to excellent natural abilities in all categories, though it took the 2008 first-round pick some time to work out the kinks in his approach. He hit .286/.384/.460 last year for Double-A New Britain, with 13 homers, 79 walks, 32 steals, and 116 strikeouts in 472 at-bats. Although it seems like he has been around forever, Hicks is still only 23 years old.
The question now: how patient will the Twins be if he struggles? I had been assuming that he would need some Triple-A time, but they don't think he needs it. Will they stick with their conviction if he's hitting .150 on May 15th?
***Grant Brisbee on the uselessness of spring stats or; how Yasiel Puig is fooling us, but Brandon Belt isn't. Also, Yuniesky Betancourt.
***MinorLeagueBaseball.com has an interview with Chicago White Sox prospect Courtney Hawkins.
***New York Mets outfield prospect Matt Den Dekker has a broken wrist; surgery may or may not be required.