Rookie Dish: Hicks Displays Five-Tool Talent

Prospect Of The Day

Now just a few months removed from high school, GCL Twins center fielder Aaron Hicks is showing the kind of versatility that made him such an attractive pro prospect heading into the 2008 draft. He was 2-for-2 with two runs, a triple and a home run in a 3-2 victory over the GCL Pirates on Sunday night. Hicks has hit safely in 10 straight games, bumping his average to .352, and has four triples on the season. Curiously, the team bus must be having some sort of calming effect on Hicks, as he has done most of his recent damage away from home, going 11-for-23 with two home runs in his last six contests on the road.

Prospect Nuggets

A pair of Marlins high school draft selections are heating up as catcher Kyle Skipworth and center fielder Isaac Galloway each posted 2-for-5 lines for the GCL Marlins in a win over the GCL Cardinals. Skipworth, the No. 6 overall selection, has seen his average climb from .182 to .220 in the last nine games . . . Toolsy center fielder Jay Austin is still struggling to hit Appy League pitching.  Batting in his customary leadoff spot for Greeneville (Astros), he whiffed four times in as many at-bats . . . Following his first career start without allowing a run, Casper (Rockies) righthander Ethan Hollingsworth took a step backwards Sunday when he allowed nine hits and five earned runs in five innings of work.  He took his fourth loss of the season for the Ghosts, and his ERA now stands at 5.77 . . . It’s apparent that shortstop Tyler Kuhn is too advanced for the Pioneer League.  He was 2-for-5 with a run and his 11th double of the season as he raised his batting average to .368 . . . AZL Royals lefthander Mike Montgomery fanned seven and allowed just two hits in five shutout innings to get the first professional win of his career . . . Left fielder Erik Komatsu knocked a walk-off single for Helena (Brewers) in their 4-3 win over previously undefeated Billings (Reds).  He was 3-for-5 on the day, notching his fourth multi-hit game in his last five contests . . . After going 2 for his last 20, shortstop Wilmer Flores was right in the middle of Kingsport’s (Mets) 14-run outburst last night, going 2-for-5 with a double and two RBIs . . . In the statistical anomaly of the day, righthander Bradley Tippett tossed four innings and allowed six runs, but Elizabethton’s (Twins) three errors probably had something to do with none of those runs being earned . . . New Pirate Jose Tabata made his debut with the GCL Pirates on Saturday, going 1-for-2 with a double. He added another hit in three at-bats on Sunday. Tabata is in the Gulf Coast League as he rehabs from a hamstring injury that has sidelined him since early July.

What To Watch For Today

All four teams in the South division of the Pioneer League are within one game of each other. Ogden (Dodgers) and Idaho Falls (Royals) hold identical 4-3 records, and they will square off tonight for divisional supremacy.