For example, he had 2.8 Wins Above Replacement (WAR) in 2017 and 4.2 in 2018, a consequence of his great batting eye, considerable power, and great center field defense.
But now, at 32 years old and having missed a lot of time with injuries in the last few years, the switch-hitter hasn’t been able to get into a rhythm in 2022 yet.
With Thursday’s game against the Baltimore Orioles underway, the outfielder is slashing a sad .198/.333/.240 with a .573 OPS, far below what is expected from fans.
He had a chance to collect an important hit in a close game that could perhaps change his fortunes, but failed in his attempt.
First, MLB.com’s Bryan Hoch tweeted that “Aaron Hicks, 3-for-22 with RISP this year, has a chance to change the script right here,” in an important spot.
However, the at-bat ended with nothing to show for it by Hicks.
“Hicks works the count full, then strikes out. Frustration,” Hoch said.
Hicks works the count full, then strikes out. Frustration. https://t.co/quo41Goyko
— Bryan Hoch (@BryanHoch) May 19, 2022
The Yankees Could Really Use Hicks’ Contributions
The last time Hicks was an above-average, productive player was in 2020.
That year, his .793 OPS and serviceable defense helped the Yankees get to the postseason.
However, there is no question that he has been a liability in 2022.
The Yankees haven’t had many weaknesses this year, but Hicks has definitely been one of them.
In any case, there is not much they can do but keep sending him out there every day, boost his confidence, and have the hitting coach and his staff work with him.
He remains a valuable long-term piece even if he is not particularly young, so getting him going should be one of the Yankees’ priorities at this point.