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Monday, July 2, 2018

2018 FANTASY BASEBALL STATUS REPORT: AARON HICKS OUTFIELDER NEW YORK YANKEES

While it is beyond common knowledge that Boston Red Sox lefty David Price is a human punching bad to the New York Yankess no matter the players or the season, outfielder Aaron Hicks took things to a whole new level on Sunday night.  Taking advantage of the 100-degree heat and humidity that turned many ballparks across the country in launching pads, Hicks homered three times in the team's 11-1 route of their rivals and the former 2008 first-round pick brought his season numbers to the following:

.258
14 HR
38 RBI
39 R
6 SB
19.1 K/9
11.6 BB/9
.268 BABIP

Still just 28, Hicks is now fully into his prime years and it is showing in what has been career-best power on a per game basis so far.  With Brett Gardner getting a bit long in the tooth, Hicks has gotten some looks out of the leadoff spot and that position could very well belong to him exclusively in 2019 if all breaks right.  Getting back to the numbers, the previously underachieving Hicks has been a four-category producer so far as he has run a bit (6 steals) and is closing in on 40 runs and RBI to go with the 14 homers.  What makes Hicks fit in so well on the Yankees is the fact he always draws walks and that is once again the case in 2018 with the 11.6 BB/9.  While a 19.1 K/9 is not great, it is also is not horrible and a .268 BABIP is primarily responsible for the average being in shaky territory.  The BABIP is double fluky when it comes to Hicks due to the fact that guys who have good speed like he does often beat the BABIP curve.  So it stands to reason that Hicks' average will come around soon and a run at .280 will be very possible.  Combine that with the rest of the numbers and this is why I said to remain patient with Hicks back in May when things were not looking so good.  Clearly a bit of a late bloomer, Hicks is finally beginning to show all of the talents that made him such a high pick in the first place. 


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