MINNEAPOLIS Aaron Hicks' batting average is still under the .100 mark, but the Twins rookie outfielder has gotten better at-bats over the last week.
The 23-year-old Hicks had drawn 11 walks prior to Friday's game against the Texas Rangers. That number leads all major league rookies. He's walked in six of his last seven games and has reached base in seven straight games, dating back to April 15. In those seven games, his on-base percentage is .458 (three hits and eight walks in 24 plate appearances).
Prior to those seven games, his on-base percentage was just .109 as he drew three walks and had and had two hits in 43 at-bats.
That has to help the rookie's confidence, right?
"There's no doubt," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. "You could see him in the dugout when he was really going through it, it was a little bit of a scuffle. Mentally, you could see him fighting it, which is understandable. He's a kid off to a tough start. But he's ...