Mar 13, 2014; Fort Myers, FL, USA; Minnesota Twins center fielder Aaron Hicks (32) rounds to third base during a game against the Boston Red Sox at Hammond Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Fantasy Baseball: Twins' Aaron Hicks could turn into early season surprise

While all of the talk around Minnesota Twins camp has surrounded prized prospect Byron Buxton, fantasy baseball owners shouldn’t look too far towards the future but should instead focus on the present.

Jul 22, 2013; Anaheim, CA, USA; Minnesota Twins center fielder Aaron Hicks (32) before the game against the Los Angeles Angels at Angel Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

That means taking a stab Twins’ starting center fielder Aaron Hicks.

Had you asked me at the beginning of March if Hicks would have been on my radar, I likely would have laughed at you. That is especially true considering the fact that Hicks is coming off a 2013 season in which he hit eight home runs with 27 RBI and only 54 hits with a batting line of .192/.259/.338.

But with spring training battles, we always have a winner and a loser and Hicks has come out a big winner in Minnesota after beating out former Pittsburgh Pirate Alex Presley for the starting job.

Hicks was a big-time draft darling last year, but the luster wore off quickly during a 3-for-63 start at the plate that had him back in the minors by early June.

But Hicks is still just 24, and still has that enticing power/speed combination.

I liked him last year and paid for my mistake, but I still like him a bit right now, especially since the luster has worn off, even though the glimmer of potential is still there.

His biggest problem last year appeared to be a lack of experience.

However Hicks has looked great this spring, hitting .342/.359/.500 with one home run, three RBI and looks like a player that can turn into a short-term source of production.

If Hicks can maintain a respectable batting average, it’s not out of thinking that he can end up being a guy that hits over 15 homers and steals over 30 bases.

Considering he is going undrafted in many leagues, keep your eye out for the Minnesota youngster.

If you are looking for a sleeper outfielder that can easily out earn his current value, you may not have to look any further than Hicks.

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