Rookie Dish: Hicks’ Consistency Pays Off

Prospect of the Day

Aaron Hicks (Twins) hasn’t put up spectacular numbers, but he’s still been impressive in the GCL, where many prep stars have faltered early on. Hicks was 1-for-3 yesterday with his first professional triple in a game against the GCL Red Sox. While other highly touted high school stars like Kyle Skipworth (Marlins), L.J. Hoes (Orioles) and Xavier Avery (Orioles) are struggling in their first taste of professional ball, Hicks has put up solid, consistent numbers. Hicks has walked seven times in his first nine games displaying a patience unseen in most of the other high school draft picks playing in the GCL. He’s also put together three multi-hit games.
Prospect Nuggets

It was a fairly quiet Wednesday in the Appalachian League, but Kingsport (Mets) shortstop Wilmer Flores continues to put together impressive offensive performances. The 16-year-old from Venezuela was 2-for-5 in Wednesday’s 8-7 win over Johnson City (Cardinals). . .Elizabethton (Twins) has played Dominic De La Osa in a number of positions this year, including second base and left field, while listing him as a first baseman on their roster. Wednesday, he played shortstop for the Twins in an 11-7 win over Greeneville. De La Osa was 3-for-4, including a three-run home run in the fourth inning. . .Right hander Joe Wieland (Rangers) made his third professional appearance on Wednesday for the AZL Rangers and it was his best yet. The Rangers’ fourth round pick in this year’s draft threw four shutout innings, striking out three. . .Jaff Decker (Padres) continued his assault on AZL pitching Wednesday, going 2-for-4. Decker has been on fire since making his professional debut on June 24th, batting .433/.575/.600 on the year. . . GCL Marlins center fielder Issac Galloway was 2-for-5 in a loss to the GCL Dodgers. Galloway, the Marlins eighth round pick in this year’s draft, is now batting .250. Galloway’s teammate Kyle Skipworth (Marlins) was 0-for-4 in the game and has yet to record a hit in his first four professional games. . .Helena left fielder Erik Komatsu (Brewers) came up big in the Brewers’ 11-10 win over Missoula. Komatsu was 3-for-4 with his fifth double of the year in the victory. . .Neftali Soto (Reds) got a night off from fielding duties, but still was in the lineup as Billings’ DH. Soto continued to produce, going 2-for-3 with a pair of doubles in the Billings win.

What to Watch for Today

After a disastrous June in the South Atlantic League, Nick Tyson (Brewers) will look to turn things around in Helena. He draws the start tonight against Missoula. In his final three outings in West Virginia, Tyson lasted a total of 1 1/3 innings, while surrendering 15 runs.