- Aaron Hicks
- United States
- 2008 Draft
- Trade - 11/11/2015
- Signing Date
- Rule 5 Year
- MLB 40-Man
- October 2, 1989
Full name is Aaron Michael Hicks…was signed by scout John Leavitt. Graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School in Long Beach, Calif. in 2008, where he hit .407 (114-for-280) with 24 doubles, 10 triples and 6HR in 97 games…also pitched, going 11-2 with a 1.11 ERA (94.1IP, 15ER) and 144K in 13 games started…played in the 2007 AFLAC All-American High School Baseball Classic…was named to the Baseball America All-American Second Team in 2008. Is a product of Major League Baseball’s Urban Youth Academy in Compton, Calif. Played golf growing up and has participated in numerous charity golf tournaments.
Hit .266 (80-for-301) with 54R, 18 doubles, 15HR, 52RBI, 51BB and 10SB in 88 games (50 starts in CF, 16 in LF and 10 in RF) in his second season with the Yankees…set single-season career highs in runs, doubles, home runs, RBI and walks…of his 15HR, 12 were hit at Yankee Stadium… Recorded his second career multi-HR game (also 5/13/13 vs. Chicago-AL w/ Minnesota) in 4/13 win vs. Tampa Bay…homered from both sides of the plate in the game, becoming the ﬁrst Yankee to do so since Mark Teixeira on 7/31/15 at Chicago-AL…hit 4HR in a ﬁve-game span from 4/13-19… Hit his ﬁrst career pinch-hit HR in the eighth inning of 4/19 win vs. Chicago-AL…was the ﬁrst pinch-hit HR by a Yankee since Billy Butler on 9/16/16 at Boston… Reached base safely in a career-high 21 consecutive games from 5/23-6/14…hit .342/.413/.595 (27-for-79) with 16R, 11 doubles, 3HR, 17RBI and 11BB during the stretch… Established career highs with 6RBI and 3 doubles in 6/1 win at Toronto, going 4-for-5 with 2R…was the third Yankee since 1954 with at least 6RBI without a home run (also Jorge Posada-6RBI on 6/6/98 vs. Kansas City and Joe Girardi-7RBI on 8/23/99 at Texas)… Was placed on the 10-day disabled list from 6/26-8/10 with a right oblique strain…combined to appear in seven rehab games with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and Double-A Trenton from 8/2-9…was removed from 6/25 loss vs. Texas in the top of the ﬁfth inning with the injury… At the time he was placed on the D.L. on 6/26, had a .398 OBP, ninth-best in the Majors and second-highest in the AL behind only teammate Aaron Judge (.440)… Hit eighth-inning go-ahead solo HR in 8/14 win vs. the Mets…was his second career go-ahead HR in the eighth inning or later (also a tie-breaking two-run HR in the ninth on 9/26/16 at Toronto)… Was placed on the 10-day disabled list from 9/3-25 with a left oblique strain…was removed in the seventh inning of 9/2 win vs. Boston with the injury… Prevented a grand slam in the ﬁrst inning of 9/6 win vs. Tampa Bay, reaching over the CF fence to catch Wilson Ramos’ bases-loaded ﬂy out and holding the Rays to a sac ﬂy on the play…was removed defensively in the seventh…was reinstated from the 10-day D.L. prior to the game… Hit his second career pinch-hit home run in 9/28 loss vs. Tampa Bay (also 4/19/17 vs. Chicago-AL)… In 13 postseason games, hit .196 (9-for-46) with 5R, 2 doubles, 1HR and 5RBI…hit safely in each of his ﬁrst six postseason games, the sixth-longest hitting streak to begin a postseason career in Yankees history: Thurman Munson (11G), Chris Chambliss (10G), Derek Jeter (9G), George Selkirk (9G) and Earle Combs (7G)… Made his postseason debut in the Yankees’ AL Wild Card win vs. Minnesota…in ALDS Game 1 loss at Cleveland, collected the Yankees’ ﬁrst hit of the game-and only extra-base hit-with a sixth-inning double… Hit his ﬁrst career postseason homer in ALDS Game 2 loss at Cleveland, a go-ahead three-run HR oﬀ Corey Kluber.
Hit .217 (71-for-327) with 32R, 13 doubles, 8HR and 31RBI in 123 games (52 starts in RF, 20 in LF and 20 in CF) in his first season with the Yankees…was the only Major League player to make at least 20 starts at all three outfield positions in 2016…was the first Yankee to do so since Joe DiMaggio in 1936. Of the 16 outfield throws of at least 100 mph tracked by MLB Statcast in 2016, three were by Hicks…had an outfield assist to nab Danny Valencia at the plate to end the fourth inning on 4/20 vs. Oakland, with a throw recorded at 105.5 mph by MLB Statcast, making it the fastest throw by an outfielder since Statcast debuted at the start of the 2015 season…the previous record was 103.1 mph by Houston’s Carlos Gomez in September 2015. Made his Yankees debut in 4/5 Opening Day loss vs. Houston, starting in LF…collected his first hit as a Yankee with a seventh-inning single in 4/6 win vs. Houston. Missed four games from 4/23-26 with left shoulder bursitis…suffered the injury in 4/22 win vs. Tampa Bay diving for a fly ball in the fourth inning. Hit game-winning solo HR-his first HR as a Yankee-in the seventh and was 1-for-2 in 5/6 win vs. Boston…was his first career go-ahead HR in the seventh inning or later…snapped an 85AB homerless stretch (first HR since 9/17/15 vs. Los Angeles-AL w/ Minnesota). Hit .280 (23-for-82) with 4HR and 9RBI in 26 games in August…over the first four months of the season, batted just .187 (39-for-209) with 3HR and 19RBI in 86 games. From 8/11-10/2, hit .286/.350/.440 (26-for-91) with 11R, 2 doubles, 4HR and 10RBI in 28 games. Was placed on the 15-day disabled list from 9/5 (retro. to 9/1) – 9/20 with a Grade 2 right hamstring strain…suffered the injury in 8/31 win at Kansas City and underwent an MRI in Baltimore on 9/1, revealing the strain. Hit a go-ahead two-run HR in the ninth inning of 9/26 win at Toronto…was his ninth career game-tying or go-ahead HR, his first in the ninth inning or later…was his first home run on the road in more than a year (9/7/15 at Kansas City w/ Minnesota)…each of his first 7HR of the season came at Yankee Stadium.
Hit .256 (90-for-352) with 48R, 11 doubles, 11HR and 33RBI in 97 games (87 starts in CF, four in LF, four in RF) with the Twins…batted .307 (31-for-101) with 6HR and a .870 OPS off left-handed pitching…following the season, was named the 2015 Charles O. Johnson Award winner for “Most Improved Twin” by the Twin Cities Chapter of the BBWAA…Posted a .996 fielding percentage (254TC, 1E)…tied for 11th in the AL with nine outfield assists…Was recalled from Triple-A Rochester on 5/12 when Shane Robinson was placed on the Family Emergency List…Was placed on the 15-day disabled list on 6/14 with a right forearm strain…played in six rehab games with Rochester…was returned from rehab and reinstated from the D.L. on 7/3…Hit .346 (27-for-78) with 15R, 2 doubles, 2 triples, 4HR, 16RBI, 11BB and a .424 OBP in 23 games in July…Recorded five straight multi-hit games from 7/25-30, including consecutive 3H games on 7/29 and 7/30 (9-for-20)…Hit his first career leadoff HR (off Nick Martinez) in 8/12 win vs. Texas…tied a career high in hits in the game, going 4-for-5 with 4R, 1HR and 2RBI…Was placed on the 15-day disabled list on 8/20 with a left hamstring strain, suffered running to first base to beat out a ground ball on 8/19 at Yankee Stadium…was returned from rehab and reinstated from the D.L. on 9/4… Reached base safely in a career-high 13 straight games from 9/4-17, with 13H, 8BB and a .344 OBP over the span…Began the season with Rochester, batting .342 (51-for-149) with 2R, 13 doubles, 3HR and 20RBI in 38 games…Was traded to the Yankees on 11/11 in exchange for C John Ryan Murphy.
Made Twins Opening Day roster for second consecutive season and was Opening Day centerfielder, batting eighth March 31 at Chicago-AL, going 2-for-3 with a double…Hit three-run home run April 24 at Tampa Bay, the first three-run homer of his career…Placed on 7-day disabled list May 2 with concussion-like symptoms, after crashing into the centerfield wall the previous night against Los Angeles-NL; reinstated May 9…Placed on 15-day disabled list June 13 with right shoulder strain, an injury he suffered diving for a ball June 7 vs. Houston; went on rehab assignment with Double-A New Britain, was reinstated from DL and stayed at New Britain, getting optioned directly there…Hit second career minor league grand slam July 20 at Reading…Hit .297 (44-for-148) in 43 games for the Rock Cats, including a .347 (35-for-101) batting average in July…Transferred to Triple-A Rochester August 5…Hit first career Triple-A home run August 14 at Indianapolis (24th career Triple-A game)…Recalled September 2…Hit second career walk-off hit September 16 vs. Detroit, an infield single off Joe Nathan giving the Twins a 4-3 win.
Participated in his first Twins major league spring training and made the Twins Opening Day roster for the first time in career, leading off and playing center field April 3 vs. Detroit, going 0-for-4 with a walk…became the fourth different Twin to make his major league debut as the Opening Day leadoff hitter, joining Sergio Ferrer April 5, 1974; Hosken Powell April 5, 1978; and Jim Eisenreich April 6, 1982…Recorded first major league hit and RBI April 4 vs. Detroit, hitting a two-run single in the eighth inning off Brayan Villarreal…Recorded first career extra-base hit with a double April 27 vs. Texas…Reached base safely in 10 straight games April 15-28…Recorded first multi-homer game May 13 vs. Chicago-AL…according to Elias, he became the first Twins rookie to homer in back-to-back plate appearances in one game since Corey Koskie went deep in consecutive trips April 15, 1999 at Tiger Stadium…Hit first career three-hit game May 22 at Atlanta…Homered in consecutive games May 28 and 30 vs. Milwaukee…Placed on the 15-day disabled list June 10 with a left hamstring strain…played six games on rehab assignment with Triple-A Rochester and reinstated July 2…Hit .400 (10-for-25) with eight runs scored in first seven games back from the DL, including first career four-hit game July 8 at Tampa Bay…Optioned to Triple-A Rochester August 1…at time of option led AL rookies in runs (37) and tied for first in stolen bases (9)…had nine outfield assists, which ranked first among all AL players…Placed on 7-day disabled list August 13 with a right heel bruise, reinstated August 20…Despite playing 81 games, still finished tied for first among AL rookies in outfield assists (9), which also led the club…also, among AL rookies, was tied for fifth in home runs (8), tied for sixth in walks (24), eighth in runs scored (37) and tied for 10th in doubles (11).
Spent entire season with Double-A New Britain. … Named Twins minor league Player of the Week July 6, batting .381 (8-for-21) with one double, one home runs, two RBI and six runs scored in six games. … Set New Britain single-season record in runs scored (100) and triples (11)…led Eastern League in runs scored, triples and walks (79). … Had season-high with five hits July 25 vs. Binghamton…recorded 33 multi-hit games. … Batted .318 (35-for-110) with a .433 on-base percentage in 30 July games and .319 (36-for-113) with a .402 on-base percentage in 28 August games. … Ranked first among Twins minor leaguers in runs scored and stolen bases (32), second in triples (11) and walks (79), fourth in total bases (217), and fifth in hits (135). … Named to Eastern League postseason All-Star team. … Named outfielder on MiLB.com Twins organizational All-star team. … Ranked eighth best prospect in Eastern League by Baseball America and named to the Baseball America Double-A All-Star team. … Ranked fifth best prospect, best strike zone discipline, best defensive outfielder and best outfield arm in the Twins system by Baseball America entering the 2013 season. … Added to Twins 40-man roster in November. … Played for the Bravos de Margarita in the Venezuelan Winter League, batting .204 (11-for-54) in 16 games.
Spent entire season with Single-A Ft. Myers…ranked fourth best prospect, best defensive outfielder and best outfield arm in the Twins system by Baseball America…rated best outfield arm in the Florida State League by Baseball America…ranked 18th best prospect in Midwest League by Baseball America…played for Mesa Solar Sox in the Arizona Fall League, batting .294 (30-for-102) with 25 runs, eight doubles, five triples, three home runs, 21 RBI and 18 walks in 30 games.
Spent entire season in Single-A Beloit…led team in on-base percentage (.401) and stolen bases (21)…finished second in doubles (27) and triples (6), and third in games played (115) and at-bats (423)…named to 2010 Midwest League All-Star Game…named Twins minor league Player of the Week September 3…ranked fifth best prospect in Midwest League by Baseball America…ranked second best prospect, best strike zone discipline, best defensive outfielder and best outfield arm in the Twins system by Baseball America…named honorable mention on MiLB. com’s 2010 Twins organizational All-Star team.
Finished third on Single-A Beloit in walks (40)…ranked the best prospect in Midwest League by Baseball America…ranked top prospect, best strike-zone discipline, best athlete, best defensive outfielder and best outfield arm in the Twins system by Baseball America entering 2010.
Led GCL Twins in hits (55), home runs (4), RBI (27), walks (28) and stolen bases (12), and ranked eighth in GCL in average (.318)… named Twins minor league Player of the Week July 25-August, batting .400 with one home run, four runs scored and four RBI…named Rookie Class All-Star by Baseball America…named top ranked prospect in GCL by Baseball America…GCL Postseason All-Star…ranked top prospect, best strike-zone discipline, best athlete, best defensive outfielder and best outfield arm in the Twins system by Baseball America entering the 2009 season.