With the way Aaron Hicks was playing in Triple-A it was only a matter of time until he was given another opportunity. Maybe it's his last chance and maybe it's not, but he's never been more prepared. That much is certain.
Over the years, Hicks has been - at times - a slow starter. He did much better in his second spin through Beloit. He did better in his second spin through New Britain. And now in Rochester he's continuing the trend. Through 27 games and 123 at-bats for the Red Wings, Hicks has posted a .336/.415/.561 triple slash including ten doubles, four triples, two homers, and 15 walks versus 20 strikeouts.
In 2014, Hicks excelled versus left-handed pitchers but still struggled against righties. Following a blistering start in the minors, can he continue his trend by shaking off two sub-par years with the Twins and give the team and fans a taste of the player he is capable of becoming? I'm cautiously optimistic.
The big question now is: what is the corresponding roster move? Optioning Eddie Rosario back to Triple-A would be the easiest move, since it wouldn't require losing someone. If the front office is interested in keeping the most talented players on the Major League roster, they'll designate either Jordan Schafer or Shane Robinson for assignment.
Welcome back, Aaron. Here's hoping the third year is the charm.