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Aaron Hicks will stop switch-hitting, bat only right-handed


Once a top prospect in the Minnesota Twins system, ‘toolsy’ center fielder Aaron Hicks has had a rough go of things since his arrival in the big leagues. His offense has been particularly disappointing, which was likely a motivating factor in the most recent decision he made about his career moving forward.

Hicks will no longer switch hit. From here on he will only bat right-handed.

Unfortunately things might get worse before they get better. Hicks will have to adjust on the fly to trying to hit right-handed pitching from the right side of the plate. That means seeing big league breaking balls from the same side, something that plagues plenty of young hitters who are simply naturally right-handed and are not making this kind of change. Still, this might be best in the long term for Hicks.

The Twins have no other options at center field, but at least they can afford to have Hicks develop because they do not appear to be a team ready to contend in 2014 anyway.

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