Aaron Hicks made adjustments to compete with Aaron Judge 7


It’s safe to say that so far Aaron Hicks has been a disappointment in Yankees pinstripes.

However, that doesn’t mean the Yankees are ready to give Aaron Judge the job in right field. The key to Hicks being the everyday right fielder is if Judge struggles in Spring Training.

When the Yankees acquired Hicks, they expected him to be the fourth outfielder for Brett GardnerJacoby Ellsbury and Carlos Beltran. However, Hicks fell short at the plate, hitting .217 with eight home runs.

“Of course it humbles you,” Hicks said to the media on Wednesday morning after outdoor workouts at George M. Steinbrenner Field were rained out. “In the offseason, that’s kind of where you generate it back. You start it back up. You start hitting again. You start working on your swing.”

Yankees GM Brian Cashman mentioned Hicks played better when he was given more playing time. But if Hicks doesn’t get the outfield job, he knows consistent at-bats are going to be rare unless one of the outfielders found themselves on the disabled list.

With that revelation, Hicks made changes to his swing.

“With my left-handed swing, I got shorter with my load and right-handed just getting the ball deeper and seeing it for a longer period of time and being able to drive it to all fields,” Hicks said.

While Yankees fans have gotten impatient with Hicks, he’s appreciative of the support Cashman and Joe Girardi has given him during this transition.

“It feels good,” Hicks said. “They have confidence in me. That’s something you need, especially if you’re going to take the next step to do better for next year. That’s really what you need.

“I believe in my abilities. That’s where you start out. You’ve got to believe in yourself. That’s what I do. ”

Other Notes:

— Girardi said that Bryan Mitchell will get the first start of the Spring on Friday afternoon. He added Adam Warren will start Sunday, Luis Severino will start Sunday, Chad Green will start Monday, and Masahiro Tanaka along with Luis Cessa will start in their respective split-squad games on Tuesday.

— Yankees captain Derek Jeter had his annual dinner for the young kids last night and gave the 20 Yankees minor leaguers who were invited some advice. Justus Sheffield said this about the dinner with Jeter: “You could hear a pin drop in there. Everybody was locked in.”


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7 thoughts on “Aaron Hicks made adjustments to compete with Aaron Judge

      • Celerino

        You can't judge a career on the first 100 at bats. The ceiling is probably around 260 with power and strikeouts, but we'll just have to be a little patient. Hicks is probably no more than a 4th outfielder at this point, so anything we get from him will be gravy.

  • Dexter

    I like Hicks and think there's an all-star calibre outfielder hiding inside there somewhere. Unfortunately, THAT player better come out of hiding and out of the chute early and often or he won't be wearing Yankee pinstripes when he finally does become the AS he's capable of being. Yanks are loaded throughout their system as "the unbelievably not top 50" ably demonstrates, so if Mr. Hicks wants to stick around, he's gotta prove he belongs. I love the arm, the potential power from both sides of the plate, the leg speed, and the ability to ably play all 3 outfield spots. Dude's potentially a very good to great player. It's put up time for him, though, so hope he stays healthy, focused, and locked in. If he does, imo, he should be one of our starting outfielders regardless of how much money our centerfielder is making.

    • Dave

      Agree it's put up time but if you're not given the chance to play everyday it can also be very hard. New york also isn't the place for all, just watch Ivan Nova will be fine with the Pirates, just like Ian Kennedy has become a decent pitcher elsewhere but couldn't handle NYC. It's not for everyone. I ran out of faith with Nova but I always saw potential to be potentially a #2 starter but more likely a solid #3 and I think he'll be that in Pittsburgh. I'm going to a couple games out there and hope he's not pitching in either of them. But yes, I think Hicks is better than what we saw last year, but I don't see All star material out of him either

  • Balt Yank

    I agree with you on Nova. He always had potential (and compared to Pineda for instance) better control and mental game. I hope he does well in Pittsburg. Go Nova. Hicks' inability to take good routes to fly balls is a flag indicating much deeper problems.