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Aaron Hicks gives up switch-hitting

May 26, 2014, 12:44 PM EDT

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Twins center fielder Aaron Hicks announced this morning that he’s giving up switch-hitting and will bat exclusively right-handed from now on, following in Shane Victorino‘s footsteps last season for the Red Sox.

Hicks has been switch-hitting since little league and bristled at the idea of changing as recently as spring training, but he’s always been much more productive as a right-handed hitter facing left-handed pitching. For his big-league career–which is a relatively small sample of 118 games–he’s hit .179 with a .546 off righties compared to .227 with a .735 OPS off lefties.

However, it should be noted that his production off lefties thus far has involved Hicks having the platoon advantage, which he won’t have when facing righties as a right-handed hitter. Still, given how lost Hicks has looked from the left side of the plate it’s hard to imagine the move not improving his overall production.

  1. twinfan24 - May 26, 2014 at 1:07 PM

    YES! I have been secretly hoping that might happen, but not holding out any real hope. He also walks much more frequently from the right side, so you have to wonder if he just physically sees the ball better from that side. If he sees the ball better, it makes it a little more likely that he may hit better on that side even against right handed pitchers. He is very good defensively, has a decent eye at the plate, and just needs to hit a little better to be a solid asset moving forward. His defense and speed are good enough that he can have a role if he can even be just an average or slightly above average hitter.

  2. yahmule - May 26, 2014 at 1:12 PM

    The jokes will literally write themselves on this thread.

    • proudlycanadian - May 26, 2014 at 1:14 PM

      I am not going there.

      • yahmule - May 26, 2014 at 1:27 PM

        Hicks isn’t going anywhere, either. Except back to Rochester when Minnesota acquires better than replacement level OF talent.

  3. proudlycanadian - May 26, 2014 at 1:13 PM

    I hope that the change works for him. He has the potential to be a fine player.

  4. zdravit - May 26, 2014 at 3:21 PM

    Why is he still on the roster?

    • twinfan24 - May 26, 2014 at 9:42 PM

      Coming into the game, his OBP from the right side was over .400 – add in the fact that they don’t have another actual CF on the roster and you see why he is still in the majors.

  5. 1twinsfan - May 26, 2014 at 4:39 PM

    So rather than miss the ball he’s decided to switch to hitting it? C’mon, it was right there.

  6. timmmah10 - May 27, 2014 at 11:06 AM

    Josh Willingham and Arcia back, Hicks days in the MLB this season are numbered no matter what side of the plate he stands on.

    • Cris E - May 28, 2014 at 1:22 PM

      They still have to have a CF out there, doubly so given the statuary parked in the corners. Now when Fuld gets back he might be in some trouble, but he’s not a starter for most teams either. I think he’ll get to stay until he plays himself out of the majors or until Buxton comes up in Fall 2014 or early in 2015.

  7. nawlinssaints1956 - May 28, 2014 at 12:34 PM

    The Twins don’t have a chance for that 9th inning rally w/o that HR robbing catch Aaron made. He isn’t going anywhere…

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