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2 weeks ago  ::  Aug 06, 2017 - 8:40PM #1
BoogiedownBx
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...think again.

He was having a career year before he got hurt. With his abilities, being a switch hitter, and experience, we need him back in the 2 slot.

I love what I see from Frazier, but I am not willing to keep him in the starting lineup when Hicks returns. Make Frazier the 4th outfielder and DH Ellsbury a bit, but we need Hicks to get back to where he was before he got hurt.

Clint Frazier splits:
.243 .274 .760


Aaron Hicks splits:
.290 .398 .913
2 weeks ago  ::  Aug 06, 2017 - 9:07PM #2
nystripes2
Posts: 5,987

with the way Gardner has played lately, I think its pretty clear its gonna be Gardner/Hicks/Judge.

2 weeks ago  ::  Aug 06, 2017 - 11:37PM #3
Yankees
Posts: 6,197

That's assuming that Hicks gets back to doing where he left off. 

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2 weeks ago  ::  Aug 07, 2017 - 12:54AM #4
Cocopugg
Posts: 959

Aug 6, 2017 -- 11:37PM, Yankees wrote:


That's assuming that Hicks gets back to doing where he left off. 




So far he's 4 for his last 7 playing at Scranton-WB: http://www.milb.com/player/index.jsp?sid=t531&player_id=543305#/career/R/hitting/2017/ALL

2 weeks ago  ::  Aug 07, 2017 - 3:24AM #5
Yankees
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Aug 7, 2017 -- 12:54AM, Cocopugg wrote:


Aug 6, 2017 -- 11:37PM, Yankees wrote:


That's assuming that Hicks gets back to doing where he left off. 




So far he's 4 for his last 7 playing at Scranton-WB: http://www.milb.com/player/index.jsp?sid=t531&player_id=543305#/career/R/hitting/2017/ALL




AAA stats mean nothing.  Not trying to be negative but nothing is definitive, let's just hope that he continues where he left off.

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2 weeks ago  ::  Aug 07, 2017 - 6:39AM #6
NW
Posts: 11,833

Aug 6, 2017 -- 11:37PM, Yankees wrote:


That's assuming that Hicks gets back to doing where he left off. 




Hicks was cooling off a bit before he got hurt.  I still think his potential is more than we saw April-July last year but I'm not sure it's as high as we saw early this year.  He essentially has the tool set that Frazier has but Hicks is more developed.  Frazier may be the better player eventually with his bat speed but Hicks is more experienced and plays MUCH better defense.

2 weeks ago  ::  Aug 07, 2017 - 7:38AM #7
yankoldfan
Posts: 1,082

Aug 7, 2017 -- 6:39AM, NW wrote:


Aug 6, 2017 -- 11:37PM, Yankees wrote:


That's assuming that Hicks gets back to doing where he left off. 




Hicks was cooling off a bit before he got hurt.  I still think his potential is more than we saw April-July last year but I'm not sure it's as high as we saw early this year.  He essentially has the tool set that Frazier has but Hicks is more developed.  Frazier may be the better player eventually with his bat speed but Hicks is more experienced and plays MUCH better defense.




Also a switch hitter.. That's always been one of the Yankees top priorities... 

2 weeks ago  ::  Aug 07, 2017 - 7:40AM #8
Cocopugg
Posts: 959

Aug 7, 2017 -- 7:38AM, yankoldfan wrote:


Aug 7, 2017 -- 6:39AM, NW wrote:


Aug 6, 2017 -- 11:37PM, Yankees wrote:


That's assuming that Hicks gets back to doing where he left off. 




Hicks was cooling off a bit before he got hurt.  I still think his potential is more than we saw April-July last year but I'm not sure it's as high as we saw early this year.  He essentially has the tool set that Frazier has but Hicks is more developed.  Frazier may be the better player eventually with his bat speed but Hicks is more experienced and plays MUCH better defense.




Also a switch hitter.. That's always been one of the Yankees top priorities... 




Bingo!

2 weeks ago  ::  Aug 07, 2017 - 11:02AM #9
Bats
Posts: 6,994
Ok..exactly where was this post days ago, when it was known that Frazier would be going down when Hicks comes off the disabled list?

The Hick's stats you pointed mean nothing and I don't expect him to hit that way when he comes back. What I do expect from Hicks, is for him to force pitchers to throw more pitches. Hicks is very good at that.

As for him batting #2, he's not our fulltime #2 hitter. On certain occasions I would rather have Gary Sanchez bat that spot than Hicks, because he can have the most opportunities to get on base and drive in runs from that position than anywhere down in the order. People have to realize that a batting lineup isn't linear, it's circular. As long as you have good on base people batting 7th and 8th (possibly even 6th), the #2 hitter becomes the #3 and #4 in that inning.

As for those people who think, Hicks' return means less playing time for Frazier, with Holliday going down, I wouldn't worry about that.

All in all, I agree with the fact that Hicks' needs to return to the Yankee lineup. During the 4 game losing streak, one thing I noticed during that time, was how low the pitch count was for the opposing pitcher and how it was conicining with how little to no runs were on the scoreboard for the Yankees. The Yankees were simply swinging on bad pitches, thus showing no plate discipline at all....AND.....preserving the strength of the opposing pitcher. Before going down with injury, Hicks showed this amazing ability to take pitches and and help force high pitch counts. Hicks, Holliday, and Gardner were doing so...so beautifully. I don't know what's going on with Holliday, but if Hicks can simply do what he was doing before he went down, in terms of demonstrating plate discipline and forcing high pitch counts, the Yankee offense will benefit. I don't care if Hicks bats .230 from hereon out, if he can take pitches, it will benefit the team. As of right now, Gardner can't do it all alone.
2 weeks ago  ::  Aug 07, 2017 - 11:09AM #10
yankoldfan
Posts: 1,082

We could actually see Hicks doing some DHing... With Holliday on the DL we need a full time DH and not wanting to split the OF up too much, Fraizer just might still get his reps in the OF..  Hicks just gives Girardi another option, something we haven't had lately.. I'm a little surprised they did send Montgomery down, but that's their call... I'm not sure who the other options are to be sent down ?? Maybe Fraizer still goes down when Hicks comes back..

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