Aaron Hicks’ First 28 At Bats

#1 vs. Justin Verlander: Got behind taking 2 fastballs on the outer half. Took a fastball inside, 1-2. Struck out swinging on a 77 mph curve low and away.

#2 vs. Verlander: Took 2 fastballs outside. Fouled off 2-0 fastball right down the middle. Fouled off fastball outside corner at the knees, 2-2. Struck out looking on a 93 mph fastball inner half at the knees.

#3 vs. Verlander: Took 83 mph change up outside and low. Swung and missed on same change up low and away. Fouled off 93 mph fastball down the middle, 1-2. Struck out feebly swinging at a 80 mph slider low and in.

#4 vs. Drew Smyly (LHP): Swung at first pitch 88 mph fastball, weak ground ball up the middle – 6-3.

#5 vs. Joaquin Benoit: Took 82 mph change up inside in the dirt. Took 93 mph fastball high and away. Fouled off fastball on the outer half, 2-1. Took another fastball away at 94 mph, 3-1. Took 93 mph fast ball at the belt and just off the corner for a walk (check swing).

#6 vs. Anibal Sanchez: Watched 89 mph fastball at the letters, 0-1. Took 79 mph slider in the dirt. Took 77 mph slider away. Took 91 mph fastball below the knees, 3-1. Pulled 92 mph fastball inside foul, 3-2. Took 94 mph fastball below the knees for a walk – great at bat.

#7 vs. Sanchez: Swung and missed at 86 mph tailing change up low and away out of the zone. Fouled off 91 mph fastball inner half. Struck out looking on 81 mph breaking ball back over the middle. Froze him for the 3 pitch strike out.

#8 vs. Sanchez: Fouled off 92 mph fastball outer half at the belt. Took 80 mph back door breaking ball at the knees on the outside corner, 0-2. Took 92 mph fastball high and away, 1-2. Lined a 92 mph fastball on the inner half into right-center, caught by Torii Hunter.

#9 vs. Brayan Villarreal: Took 94 mph fastball at the knees, 0-1. Took 96 mph fastball low and outside. Took 95 mph fastball high and away, 2-1. Took 96 mph fastball low and away, 3-1. Took 95 mph fastball, strike just on the outside corner, 3-2. Chased 95 mph fastball high and away, would have been ball 4.

#10 vs. Rick Porcello: Took 92 mph fastball on the outside corner, 0-1. Hit 93 mph fastball low and in, popped out to left field.

#11 vs. Porcello: Took 79 mph curve on the inside corner, 0-1. Took 67 mph curve low and away, Porcello slipped, 1-1. Flailed at 84 mph change up on the outside corner. Took 92 mph two-seamer off the outside corner, 2-2. Protected and fouled off 93 mph fastball outside. Took called third strike on 79 mph curve that clipped the outside corner.

#12 vs. Porcello: Took 80 mph change up on the outside corner, 0-1. Pulled off of a 90 mph fastball on the outside corner and grounded weakly to 2B.

#13 vs. Darin Downs (LHP): Way out in front of 85 mph change up low and away. Swing and miss again on 84 mph change up low. Took change up away, 1-2. Took 87 mph slider in the dirt, 2-2. Took a fastball for ball three just off the corner, 3-2.  Out in front of slider at the knees, fouled off, still 3-2. Fought off 92 mph fastball low and away, 3-2. Foul tip on 86 mph slider at the knees and on the inside corner, strike three – good at bat.

#14 vs. Villarreal: Took 93 mph low in the dirt. Took 90 mph fastball on the outside corner, 1-1. Raked fastball at the knees on the inside corner in the hole between 1st and 2nd for a 2 RBI single – first big league hit!

#15 vs. Jake Arrieta: Took 93 mph fastball in the inside corner, 0-1. Fouled off 94 mph fastball on the outside corner. Check swing strike three on 83 mph curve ball in the dirt.

#16 vs. Arrieta: Fouled off 93 mph fastball at the belt. Took 86 mph change up high and away, 1-1. Took 94 mph fastball at the knees and on the outside corner, 1-2.  Out in front of 80 mph curve outside, fouled weakly down the 1st base line. Pulled off out outside fastball, forced out Escobar at 2nd 3-6.

#17 vs. Arrieta: Fouled off 92 mph fastball up and in. Lined 93 mph fastball down the middle right to Adam Jones.

#18 vs. Troy Patton (LHP): Fouled off 90 mph fastball at the knees off his left ankle. Out in front of 83 mph slider low and away, ground ball to third for a 5-4 fielder’s choice.

#19 vs. Pedro Strop: Took 95 mph fastball for strike on the outside corner. Took 95 mph fastball just off the outside corner, 1-1. Took 95 mph fastball low and in, 2-1. Took 83 mph slider at his feet, 3-1. Took 95 mph fastball at the knees and on the outside corner, 3-2. Lined 95 mph fastball on the outside corner foul, still 3-2. Lined 96 mph fastball on the outside corner right at Nate McClouth in LF.

#20 vs. Chris Tillman: Took 91 mph fastball low and in. Took another 91 mph fastball down and in, 2-0. Hit 91 mph fastball down the middle at the belt lazily to Adam Jones in CF.

#21 vs. Tillman: (Bases Loaded) Swung and missed at 84 mph change up on the outer half. Took 92 mph fastball low and away. Fouled off 91 mph fastball at the knees on the outside corner. Check swing strike out on 78 mph curve ball low and away.

#22 vs. Tillman: Took 89 mph fastball away at the knees, strike one. Lined a one-hopper to short on a 90 mph fastball outside corner, beat out potential double play, fielder’s choice.

#23 vs. T.J. McFarland (LHP): Took 87 mph fastball way outside. Took 78 mph curve ball over the outside corner. Ahead of a 76 mph curve low, swing and miss, 1-2. Took 81 change up away in the dirt, 2-2. Swung and missed at 86 mph fastball high and away – chased.

#24 vs. Jim Johnson: Took 95 sinker low for a ball. Took 88 mph change up on the inner half, 1-1. Took 94 sinker that clipped the inside corner for strike 2, 1-2. Check swing on 80 mph curve ball in the dirt, 2-2. Pulled 89 mph change up on the outer half right under the glove of 1B Chris Davis, E3.

#25 vs. Jason Hammel: Took 93 mph fastball at the knees and on the outside corner, 0-1. Fouled off 92 mph fastball at the knees. Struck out on 77 mph back door curveball looking.

#26 vs. Hammel: Took 91 mph fastball down the middle. Took 92 mph fastball high and away, 1-1. Took 85 mph slider just off the plate outside, 2-1. Lined 91 mph fastball on the outside corner right to CF Adam Jones.

#27 vs. Hammel: Took 91 mph fastball at the knees, strike one. Took 85 mph slider in the dirt (squared to bunt). Took 84 mph slider just off the outside corner, 2-1. Took another 84 mph slider outside, 3-1. Hit 92 mph fastball on the outside corner for a high flyout to LF Nolan Reimold.

#28 vs. Hammel: Lined first-pitch 92 mph fastball at the belt right over the second baseman for a go-ahead RBI single.

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I was born in NW Minnesota in the early 1980's. Through high school I competed in every sport time would allow, and continue to try to keep my slow-pitch softball and pick-up basketball dreams alive. I've been a Minnesota Twins fan (along with any other Minnesota sports team) as long as I can remember, and live and die with the wins and losses for 162 different days every summer.

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