Sunday, December 9, 2012

Ok...Now What?

Now with Revere and Span gone, the Twins are going to turn, most likely, to Darin Mastroianni to fill in as the starting center fielder and leadoff hitter.  However, with only 78 major league games under his belt, the former 16th round draft pick, is not exactly what any major league team would be excited to call their game day starter in the #8 position.

He batted only .252 last season with 45 K's to just 18 walks and a .328 OBP.  One bright spot however, is the 21 stolen bases which put him 2nd on the team behind Ben Revere's 40.  So as long as he can get on base, he can make some things happen on the base paths.  Mastroianni's defense isn't anything worth noting, however, and is a far cry from the glove work of Span or Revere.

Aaron Hicks
So what's the full time answer at center field?  More than likely, the position will be open for 2008 first round draft pick Aaron Hicks.  He put together a nice season in AA last year hitting .286 with 13 hr's and 61 RBI.  He also hit 11 triples and swiped 32 bases to go along with a .384 OBP.

Defensively, Hicks is ranked as the top outfielder in the Twins farm system and has the best outfield arm.  In high school he was clocked at 97 mph as a pitcher.

Of course, throwing a rookie in the starting lineup can always be a crap shoot, but if he's ready, Hicks could be a viable replacement to Span and Revere. 

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