Former Snapper Hicks named Twins starting centerfielder

Minnesota Twins manager Ron Gardenhire told reporters today that rookie Aaron Hicks will be the team’s starting centerfielder.

Hicks, one of Minnesota’s top prospects, played 182 games with the Beloit Snappers in 2009-10. Cumulatively, he hit .269 with 12 HR, 78 RBI and 31 SB. He walked 128 times in 815 plate appearances.

Hicks is hitting .350 with a team-high 4 HR, 16 RBI, 16 runs and 3 SB this spring. He batted .286 with 13 HR, 61 RBI and 32 SB in 129 games with the Double-A New Britain Rock Cats last season. He is considered an above-average defender.

Cubs shut down Baker

Chicago Cubs RHP Scott Baker is being shut down for at least a month with a right elbow strain. He is rehabbing from elbow reconstruction surgery and experienced pain during his first Cactus League outing a week ago.

Baker pitched for the 2003 Quad City River Bandits, going 3-1 with a 2.49 ERA and 47 strikeouts in 50.2 IP. He pitched for the Minnesota Twins from 2005 to 2011.

It’s snowing in Peoria!

According to WMBD’s Marcus Bailey, 4.3 inches of snow have fallen on Peoria so far today (as of 5:55 p.m.). That explains this photo of Peoria Chiefs Stadium tweeted by Bradley University RHP Andy Johnson late this afternoon:

Peoria Chiefs Stadium at 5:50 p.m. today

Peoria Chiefs Stadium at 5:50 p.m. today

Two to three more inches of snow are expected to fall in Peoria tonight. With less than two weeks left before the start of the Midwest League season, I’m hoping this is the last chance I’ll get to post a snowbound stadium photo until next offseason.

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