May 26, 2014; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Twins center fielder Aaron Hicks (32) fields a ball hit by the Texas Rangers in the 5th inning at Target Field. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Kluckhohn-USA TODAY Sports
Why They’ll Be Better:
To this point in his career, Arron Hicks had never been given the opportunity to progress through the minor leagues. Having played in Triple-A for the first time a season ago, he was able to hit at a consistent and competent level. Translating that to the major leagues is the next step, and in a make or break year for him, he will be all in. On top of the possibility that Hicks emerges as an asset, the Twins are anxiously awaiting the arrival of Byron Buxton. He will be with the big club in 2015, and when he makes his debut, the Twins will immediately receive a big boost.
Why They’ll Be Worse:
If Hicks fails to stick as the option once again, the Twins will be forced to turn to Santana or Jordan Schafer while waiting for Buxton. Santana isn’t a bad option, but removing him from the infield makes your quality options around the diamond decrease as a whole. Schafer is not going to hit like he did last season, and he’s also not capable of being a starting centerfielder. With question marks on the corner outfield spots, having the middle position up in the air could be a doomsday scenario at Target Field.