Mar 28, 2014; Fort Myers, FL, USA; Minnesota Twins center fielder Aaron Hicks (32) dives into third base on a steal against the Boston Red Sox during their game at Hammond Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports
4. Aaron Hicks
Last season, Hicks stole four bases for the Twins in just 69 games of work. I may be an Aaron Hicks believer to a fault, but I think 2015 is the year for him. Having now finally progressed from the Double-A level to the Triple-A level in succession, he had the ability to grow through the stages of the farm system.
After his demotion last year, Hicks found himself on the farm. While I can’t attest to what his work ethic looked like, the results were promising. He hit at both the Double and Triple-A level, and should have the confidence to bring that ability back to the majors. Should he hit for the Twins, he will find himself on base able to use his speed plenty.
Expecting at least 12 stolen bases from the Twins starting center fielder in a situation where he could cement himself into the outfield long-term is not unrealistic. 2015 is make or break for Hicks, he’s aware, and I think he’s ready.