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Video: Aaron Hicks throws out Vernon Wells from the warning track

Jul 13, 2013, 12:17 PM EDT

Aaron Hicks

During last night’s game against the Yankees, Twins rookie center fielder Aaron Hicks unleashed one of the more impressive throws you’re going to see.

Vernon Wells hit a ball into the right-center field gap to lead off the bottom of the sixth inning and decided to try for a triple after it bounced around on the warning track for a while. However, Hicks was able to make the long throw on the fly to nail him at third base. Check it out below.

It almost looked like he was daring Wells to try for third base. With a miserable slump to begin his career and a hamstring injury, Hicks’ rookie season hasn’t been the smoothest ride, but he seems to do something every couple of days which just makes you say, “wow.”

  1. jimeejohnson - Jul 13, 2013 at 12:29 PM

    What a canon!

    • jimeejohnson - Jul 13, 2013 at 12:30 PM

      “cannon” (spelling police take it easy)

  2. scoutsaysweitersisabust - Jul 13, 2013 at 12:34 PM

    Adam Jones’ throw was much more impressive.

    http://wapc.mlb.com/play?content_id=28848381

    • josemartez - Jul 13, 2013 at 12:53 PM

      No way. Jones’ throw was impressive, but Hicks’ was definitely better. Had much further to throw.

      • scoutsaysweitersisabust - Jul 13, 2013 at 2:02 PM

        Jone’s throw was stronger, more accurate, while spinning backwards on a run, against a fast runner.

        Hicks overran the ball, circled around, and threw off the mark, requiring a really good tag by the third baseman. But, yes it was further.

      • bigharold - Jul 13, 2013 at 2:44 PM

        Hick’s throw was good but it wasn’t that impressive. It was as if he was launching an artillery shell. And, Wells got greedy is doesn’t tear up the base paths.

        Golson throwing out Crawford to the end the games was far more impressive;

      • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Jul 13, 2013 at 4:07 PM

        What fast runner? JP Arencibia? Really?

  3. pinkfloydprism - Jul 13, 2013 at 1:02 PM

    That wasn’t the warning track.

    • louhudson23 - Jul 13, 2013 at 1:20 PM

      That wa a Harry Carey call….

      • nothanksimdriving123 - Jul 13, 2013 at 3:27 PM

        LOL, indeed, it could be, it might be, and from the fence, he’s OUT at second.
        Stone: Yes, that was a great throw from NEAR the warning track to THIRD in time to get the runner.

  4. 32stork - Jul 13, 2013 at 1:26 PM

    Shades of Ichiro in Seattle. Deep right to home plate on an absolute rope.

    • nothanksimdriving123 - Jul 13, 2013 at 3:24 PM

      32, I was thinking the same thing, if we’re talking about the same throw. His first season, vs A’s, fielded a single in right (not very deep though) and fired a bullet to third to nail the runner, and it probably hurt to catch it.

    • nothanksimdriving123 - Jul 13, 2013 at 3:31 PM

      Sorry for a second one, but this still ranks as my favorite outfield assist, from the 1974 WS. Jimmy Wynn was in center, but he was injured and couldn’t throw 50 feet. Catcher Joe Ferguson was in right; Sal Bando on 3rd, some kid named Reggie something batting.

      • cohnjusack - Jul 13, 2013 at 3:37 PM

        That was amazing. Thank for sharing.

  5. norvturnersneck - Jul 13, 2013 at 1:39 PM

    Isn’t Wells 40? I’m just saying…

  6. dohpey28 - Jul 13, 2013 at 2:48 PM

    I think it’s funny how people are falling all over themselves about the throw and ignore how he played the ball absolutely terribly.

    • aidanscawley - Jul 15, 2013 at 1:35 PM

      what’s the point? the throw is the story here, not “Aaron Hicks almost gives up an extra base with fielding mistake”

  7. misterj167 - Jul 13, 2013 at 3:36 PM

    How long before people start screaming that Hicks is using PED’s?

    • albertmn - Jul 13, 2013 at 3:49 PM

      Let the kid at least get his BA up to .200 first!

  8. tigersfandan - Jul 13, 2013 at 5:00 PM

    Why is Suzyn Waldman saying that Wells never got to the bag? He did get to the bag. Granted, he had already been tagged, but I thought you only say “He never got to the bag” if he never got to the bag.

  9. stlouis1baseball - Jul 15, 2013 at 9:29 AM

    Great throw to be sure (although it wasn’t from warning track). The links provided are equally impressive. These in mind…Rick Ankiel anyone?

  10. seeinred87 - Jul 15, 2013 at 10:18 AM

    How has Rick Ankiel not been mentioned? Plenty of impressive throws here, but Ankiel probably has 15 better ones.

    • seeinred87 - Jul 15, 2013 at 10:19 AM

      He said, directly after the man makes pretty much the exact same point

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