Outfielder Aaron Hicks (33), who joined the American Major League (MLB) Baltimore Orioles, has completely changed.
Hicks, who was released from the New York Yankees on the 26th of last month local time, joined Baltimore on the 30th of last month. Hicks, who played from the game against the Cleveland Guardians on the 31st, the day after his joining, literally transformed into an ‘on-base machine’.먹튀검증
Baltimore’s Aaron Hicks.
In the first game, he showed an unusual appearance, recording 2 hits and 1 walk in 3 at-bats. In two games of the away series against the San Francisco Giants, which started on the last two days, he went on base in every game with 1 hit and 1 walk in 6 at-bats.
His three-game performance with Baltimore amounted to a batting average of 0.429, an on-base percentage of 0.556, and an OPS of 0.985. Considering that he was released from the Yankees this season with a batting average of 0.188, an on-base percentage of 0.263, and an OPS of 0.524 in 28 games, this is a breakthrough.
Hicks is also showing solid defensive power in his position, center field. In the bottom of the 3rd inning, trailing 0-3 today, Mitch Haniger’s homerun ball was jumped in front of the fence to catch it and prevented an additional run.
Aaron Hicks (left) with the Yankees.
Hicks, who hit 27 homers in 2018, signed a 7-year, $70 million contract with the Yankees ahead of 2019, but after that, injuries and sluggishness continued, and he became virtually a ‘eating and running’.
In the end, the Yankees just released Hicks, who should pay $10.5 million in annual salary this year and $21 million from next year to 2025. Rather than using a spot on the roster for Hicks, he decided it was better to just throw the money away.
But Hicks, who came to Baltimore with the lowest salary ($720,000), is showing a different side right away. Hicks’ performance may be temporary, but it is a ‘honey recruitment’ for Baltimore, which desperately needs a big league center fielder for about 2-3 weeks due to the injury of main center fielder Cedric Mullins.
“I’m pretty comfortable with this team,” Aaron Hicks said. “I can’t replace Mullins, but as a veteran, I’m going to help the team win in any way I can.”