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Aaron Hicks sets strikeout record for first 10 career games

Apr 15, 2013, 10:15 AM EDT

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Rather than sending Aaron Hicks to Triple-A for a month to get some additional seasoning and delay his eventual free agency for an extra year the Twins decided he was ready to make the jump from Double-A to the majors as their Opening Day center fielder.

It has gone about as poorly as possible, with Hicks starting his career 2-for-43 (.047) with 20 strikeouts. Not only do the 20 strikeouts leading baseball, Hicks has tied the all-time record for strikeouts by a rookie through his first 10 career games:

Aaron Hicks       2013     20
Brett Jackson     2012     20
Matt Williams     1987     19
Russell Branyan   1999     18
Ray Durham        1995     18

Not exactly the type of record you want to be setting, although it’s worth noting that Matt Williams and Ray Durham went on to have very good careers and Russell Branyan had a lot of productive seasons. And just short of cracking the above top-five is Giancarlo Stanton, who had 17 strikeouts through 10 career games as a rookie in 2010 and … well, he’s awesome.

  1. dluxxx - Apr 15, 2013 at 10:44 AM

    Wait, you mean those spring training stats don’t translate over to the regular season??? Where are all those people saying that the Twins would be stupid to have Hicks start at AAA this year for at least a month before bringing him up?

    Oh yeah, they were at the game booing him when he struck out for the third time on Saturday.

    • Tim OShenko - Apr 15, 2013 at 1:14 PM

      I’ll dutifully eat my hat for saying that bringing up Hicks was not a terrible idea. Yes, in hindsight, it’s clear they would’ve been better off leaving him in AAA for the first month at least. Okay, okay, it was clear even without hindsight and guys like me were just being impatient and foolish for suggesting otherwise.

      However, I’m not about to boo the guy for his early season struggles. I still foresee a bright future in store for Hicks, and am confident he’ll get used to big-league pitching by the time the Twins play meaningful games again, sometime later this decade.

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