Today the New York Yankees announced that they have traded highly regarded backup catcher John Ryan Murphy to the Minnesota Twins in exchange for former first round draft pick Aaron Hicks.
Hicks, 26, has spent parts of 3 seasons with the Twins in the major leagues and it is widely believe he has not yet hit his potential as a player. From 2008 to 2012 he was rated as having the best outfield arm in the entire Twins organization as well as the best defensive outfielder during those years by Baseball America.
In his early days Aaron was considered one of the top prospects in the game with Baseball America ranking him in the top 100 prospects in the game from 2009-2010 and again in 2012.
This past season Hicks missed some time with a hamstring injury and hit only .256 in 97 games in the major leagues, in 38 games in Triple-A he hit .342 with 13 doubles, 4 triples and 3 homeruns. Overall he has hit .276 in 8 seasons in the minors.
Considered a five-tool athlete Aaron is still young and can develop into a solid major league contributor. A change of scenery might be just what he needs to turn around his MLB career.
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