Aaron Hicks has been one of the most befuddling prospects in the minors over the last few years.
After the Twins drafted Hicks with the 14th overall pick in the 2008 draft, he had a stellar debut that summer in the Rookie-level Gulf Coast League. Since then, he's flashed moments of brilliance without ever dominating his level like some scouts expected.
It's been more of the same this year for Hicks, but he's been hitting the ball well recently. Tonight Hicks went 5-for-6 with two doubles and his 10th home run of the season for Double-A New Britain.
Hicks, 22, is hitting .284/.379/.456 in 93 games for the Rock Cats, numbers that have been boosted by his .355/.459/.581 slash line in July and have brought his OPS up to eighth in the Eastern League. All of the tools and athleticism are still there for Hicks, it's just a matter of him showing he can string together at-bats like he has in July over the course of a full season. This past month has certainly been a positive sign.