Aaron Hicks, OF, Twins (Double-A New Britain): 1-for-2, HR (12), 2 R, 2 RBI, BB; 2-for-3, 2 2B, 2 R, 2 RBI, BB.

The 14th selection of the 2008 draft, Hicks has always had tremendous tools, but the numbers never matched. 2012 was not a make-or-break year, but as his first exposure to upper-level pitching, it was certainly a critical one, and he's passing with flying colors.

Hitting .303/.423/.505 since the All-Star break and .283/.381/.461 overall, Hicks has already set new career highs in home runs and stolen bases (27), and remains a plus center fielder with a plus-plus arm and an outstanding approach. His stock is not just up this year, it's up considerably and he's back to Top 100 status with plenty of room to spare.

Others Of Note:

  • Chris Archer, RHP, Rays (Triple-A Durham): 6.2 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 8 K. 1.42 ERA in six games since returning to Triple-A.
  • Javier Baez, SS, Cubs (High-A Daytona): 2-for-4, 2B, R, 3 RBI. First Florida State League hits after going 0-for-8 with five strikeouts in first two games after promotion.
  • Matt Davidson, 3B, Diamondbacks (Double-A Mobile): 2-for-4, 2B, HR ( 20), R, RBI, K. Third-straight multi-hit game but still in overall second-half slump; .267/.374/.485 in 111 games.
  • Andrew Heaney, LHP, Marlins (Rookie-level GCL Marlins): 4 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 5 K. First-round pick houldn't be at this level, so he's really just holding serve.
  • David Holmberg, LHP, Diamondbacks (Double-A Mobile): 8 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 7 K. Second straight zero run start to lower ERA to 3.68; Solid stuff with plus command and control.
  • Slade Heathcott, OF, Yankees (High-A Tampa): 3-for-5, 2B, HR (5), 3 R, RBI, SB. Healthy and producing in a big way; .282/.362/.511 in 37 games.
  • Clay Holmes, RHP, Pirates (Short-season State College): 5 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 3 K. 2011 ninth-round pick is huge righty with good stuff and control issues; 43.1 IP, 19 H, 20 BB, 30 K in nine starts.
  • Alex Meyer, RHP, Nationals (High-A Potomac): 6 IP, 2 H, 1 BB, 4 K. Not slowing down since move up to Carolina League; 0.78 ERA in four starts with .169 opponent's average.
  • Wil Myers, OF, Royals (Triple-A Omaha): 3-for-4, 2 R, Despite all of the outcry from Royals fans, Myers has been slumping of late and has struck out 81 times in 286 PCL at-bats; .287/.370/.566 in 74 games.
  • Rafael Montero, RHP, Mets (High-A St. Lucie): 7.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 5 K. 21-year-old Dominican is breakout pitcher in system thanks to low-90s heat and outstanding control; 2.13 ERA with 56 Ks in 50.2 innings in eight starts.
  • Anthony Rendon, 3B, Nationals (High-A Potomac): 2-for-3, 2B, 2 R, BB. First full-season game in four months.
  • Eddie Rosario, 2B, Twins (Low-A Beloit): 2-for-3, HR (8), 2 R, 4 RBI, BB. 16-for-36 (.444) since return from DL and .313/.372/.502 overall; reviews at second base are mixed, but bat impresses.
  • Sam Selman, LHP, Royals (Rookie-level Idaho Falls): 5 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 11 K. Second-round pick is long, skinny southpaw with good velocity and a lot of angles; 1.31 ERA in nine games with 62 Ks in 41.1 innings.
  • Kyle Smith, RHP, Royals (Low-A Kane County): 7 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 12 K. 2011 draft pick has plus fastball/breaking ball combination but small frame; 3.10 ERA with 54 Ks in 40.2 innings.
  • Mike Zunino, C, Mariners (Short-season Everett): 3-for-4, 2B, HR (8), 2 R, 5 RBI, BB. Hitting .333/.430/.689 in first 24 pro games; but it's the Northwest League and expected.

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I know the omission was on purpose... but gosh darnit a 14K performance is a 14K performance! Show Starling Peralta some love!
Cannot tell you how happy I am about this Hicks write up. Twins fans need a boost this year.
Any particular rationale that would explain why Zunino is still in Everett?
Any reports on Danville 18 year oold RHP Mauricio Cabrera or 18 year old SS Jose Peraza?
Last week Myers was .321/.394/.750 (9-for-28), 5 R, 4 HR, 13 RBIs, 4 BB, 10 SO.

Thats struggling of late?
Umm, since August began 8 days ago - which one could define as "of late" - Myers is hitting .258/.324/.290.

If you want a larger sample, since the AAA All-Star Game on July 11th - so almost a month - Myers is hitting .255/.339/.462. And those numbers are only good because of the week you cite above. Which, to be accurate, was only 4 days, July 28-31, not a week, as during those 4 days he had all 9 hits, all 5 runs, all 4 home runs, 12 of the 13 RBI, all 4 walks, and 6 of the 10 Ks - take that out (not fair, but c'est la vie), and he's hitting .174/.260/.337 since the AAA ASG.

In the half-season before the AAA All-Star Game, he was hitting .315/.395/.636.

So, unless you cherry pick the only 4 good days Myers has had since July 11, then yes, he's been struggling of late, just like KG said.
What are the problems with Rosario's fielding?
What do you mean by "mixed reviews for Rosario?" Is it a some good, some bad situation? Or a some awful, some projectable situation?
Have Heathcott's injuries sapped his tools any, or is the same high-upside talent he was when the Yankees drafted him?