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Aaron Hicks is off to a brutal start to his career after being installed as the Twins' leadoff man...

Aaron Hicks is off to a brutal start to his career after being installed as the Twins' leadoff man straight out of double-A. (Reuters)

JOEL COLOMBY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:10 AM ET

While some teams have discovered that their top pitching prospects can make the jump straight from double-A, the same is not holding true for hitters. The current season began with the Twins and Red Sox deploying rookie outfielders who didnít have even one at-bat at triple-A before being thrust into The Show.

Bostonís Jackie Bradley Jr., had a nice opening series against the Yankees. But, after going 0-for-17 with nine strikeouts, he was finally benched on Wednesday and, with David Ortiz coming off the DL, shipped to triple-A Pawtucket the following day.

Meanwhile, a similar fate seemed to await Aaron Hicks, the Twinsí opening day CF and leadoff hitter, after enduring a 2-for-46 start to his career. But with second-year speedster Darin Mastroianni -- whom he beat out for the starting job in spring training -- forced to the DL on Tuesday, Hicksí stay likely will be extended, albeit, mercifully, out of the eighth slot in the batting order. Hicks, unlike Bradley, was supplying solid defence.

If you didnít overpay for either in keeper league auctions Ė as many apparently did Ė hang on to them. Theyíll make good trade bait for someone rebuilding for 2014. In mixed leagues, itís safe to drop them


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