Aaron Hicks is a professional baseball player from the United States of America. He is from California and he plays in Major League Baseball for the New York Yankees. He has also played for the Minnesota Twins. Hicks was drafted into the NBA by the Twins in 2008. He plays centerfield.
As of the 2021 season, Hicks has a batting average of 0.233 and he had hit 92 home runs.
Hicks also plays golf and played in the 2019 PGA Tour.
Player Profile and Personal Life
Hicks was born on October 2, 1989. His full name is Aaron Michael Hicks and his hometown is in San Pedro, California. He stands 6 feet 1 inch or 185 cm tall and his listed weight is 205 lb. He switches his batting arm but he throws with his right. Hicks attended the Woodrow Wilson High School in Long Beach.
His father Joseph Hicks was also drafted into the MLB during the 1975 draft. However, Joseph’s career ended when he had an eye injury. In addition to baseball, Hicks is also an avid golfer. He competed in several events as an amateur. He also played in the PGA Tour in 2019.
Hicks is engaged to marry golfer Cheyenne Woods.
His father mostly pushed his son to play golf over baseball but Hicks proved to be a star baseball player at his high school. He was also invited to attend the Urban Youth Academy by the MLB.
At the 2008 MLB Draft, he was picked by the Minnesota Twins in the first round. He spent some time in the minor leagues playing for teams like the Gulf Coast League Twins, the Fort Myers Miracle, The New Britain Rock Cats, and the Rochester Red Wings. Baseball America named him as a top prospect several times.
In 2013, he was promoted to the majors and he debuted on April 1. While with the twins, he wore Number 32. He was sent back to the minors after a while and was not called back to play in the majors until 2014.
He is known as a switcher and can bat with both his left and right hands.
Hicks was traded to the Yankees in 2015. His left-handed pitching and throwing arm strength were some of the reasons why the Yankees sought him out. In 2017, it looked like he was just about set for a breakout year. However, he suffered an oblique injury that placed him on the disabled list.
In 2018, he was again placed on the disabled list. After coming back, he rallied and ended the season with 27 home runs and 119 hits.
He signed contract extensions with the Yankees in 2019. This would see him signed with the team through to 2025.
In September of the year, he had an elbow injury and had to undergo a Tommy John Surgery. Hicks, however, opted out of surgery and instead chose rest and rehabilitation.