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Draft 2008
Draft Central

Aaron Hicks (Credit: Larry Goren)

Biographical Data
Player Name:Aaron Hicks
School:Woodrow Wilson HS (Calif.)
School Type:High school
Academic Class:Senior
Weight:170 lbs.
Report Date(s):02/10/08
Game(s):Urban Youth Academy Showcase

Focus Area
Hitting Ability:Hicks generally has an idea of what he wants to do at the plate, but sometimes gets away from it, using his athleticism more than a polished game plan.
Power:He has raw power potential, showing flashes of it in BP. He's more gap-to-gap in games now, but should develop the ability to hit the ball out of the park as he gets bigger.
Running Speed:He's a plus runner who ran a 6.6-second 60-yard dash at the showcase.
Base running:He needs some work on his technique and jumps. He can outrun some throws at the high school level, but will start getting caught stealing once he advances.
Arm Strength:He's got a plus, plus arm from the outfield and has even shown the ability to throw in the mid-90s from the mound.
Fielding:He's a plus defender who glides to the ball with very fluid actions.
Range:With his plus speed, he covers a lot of ground in center field from gap to gap.
Physical Description:Hicks is a very athletic, projectable, toolsy outfielder.
Medical Update:Healthy.
Strengths:Plus athletic ability; projectable tools in all areas; plus arm and speed.
Weaknesses:If he doesn't hit, those raw tools will be wasted. It's been mostly projection with glimpses of performance.
Summary:Hicks is one of the more athletic outfielders in the high school ranks and perhaps in the Draft class. How high he gets drafted depends on how highly people project what he can become. He's got a ton of tools, but will he learn how to use them? Someone is sure to take that chance.