Is the Yankees’ Aaron Hicks one of the No. 3 worst hits? Here’s how he stacks up with the other 29 in MLB

The baseball season is less than a week old and already many Yankees fans are upset. Giancarlo Stanton got booed on opening day, but it’s Aaron Hicks who is wowing fans on social media.

Some fans don’t believe Hicks should be a No. 3 hitter based on his career batting average, spring training stats, and his 1:15 with seven strokes in four games. The switch hitter was again nothing special on Monday evening. He picked up an RBI taking a base-laden walk but finished it 0 to 3 with two lazy fly balls in left field and a base laden popup in second place.

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There is no point in judging hicks in four games as the averages always jump up and down when you have so few bats. Other statistics are also important criteria.

With that in mind, our aim was to get a feel for how Hicks is doing against the other 29 three-hole players. There’s no perfect way to do this, but we’ve kept it pretty simple, looking for averages for Career Beats, Base Percentages, and OPS for all 30.

Hicks’s rating in all three areas was indicative. He was close to the ground.

Hicks is penultimate in OPS and the one player below him has been a much better batsman in the last two seasons. Giants’ second baseman Donavon Solano scored in 2019 with an OPS of 0.815 to 0.330 and hit last season with an OPS of 0.828 to 0.326. Solano, a short-term Yankee in 2016, did better that year too, beating in four games with an OPS of 1.111 to 0.500.

Hicks is also penultimate on average, but Joey Gallos, 210 ranked 30th in the Rangers midfielder, could be trumped by his 114 homers in 423 games since 2017.

The base percentage is one of Hicks’ greatest strengths, but here it only ranks 25th, which is the sixth lowest. We’re giving Hicks props for his career-best .379 OBA in 2020, so there is this.

Here are the stats:

NO. 3 HITTERS CAREER AVERAGE

1. Mike Trout, Angels, 304; 1. Joey Votto, Reds, 304; 3. Bo Bichette, Blue Jays, 301; 4. Christian Yelich, Brewers, 296; 5. Juan Soto, Nationals .295; 5. Randy Arozarena, Rays .295; 7. Jose Abreu, White Sox, 294; 7. Freddie Freeman, Braves, 294; 9. Nolan Arenado, Cardinals .293; 10. Justin Turner, Dodgers .293.

11. JD Martinez, Red Sox, 291; 12. Willi Castro, Tigers .286; 13. Alex Bregman, Astros, 284; 14. Jose Ramirez., Indian .281; 14. Bryan Reynolds, Pirates, 281; 16. Manny Machado, Padres. 280; 17. Donovan Solano, Giants, 279; 18. Nelson Cruz, Twins, 278; 19. Trevor Story, Rockies, 277; 20. Bryce Harper, Phillies. 276.

21. Anthony Rizzo, Cubs .270; 22. Jesus Aguilar, Marlins .260; 22. Michael Conforto, Mets, 260; 24. Kyle Seager, Mariners .255; 25. Anthony Santander, Orioles, 254; 26 Christian Walker, D’backs, 251; 27. Carlos Santana, Royals, 249; 28. Matt Olson, Athletics .245; 29. Aaron Hicks, Yankees, 234; 30. Joey Gallo, Rangers. 210.

NO. 3 HITTERS CAREER ON-BASE PCT.

1. Joey Votto, Reds .419; 2. Mike Trout, Angels, 418; 3. Juan Soto, Nationals .415; 4. Bryce Harper, Phillies .388; 5. Randy Arozarena, Rays, 387; 6. Alex Bregman, Astros, 382; 6. Freddie Freeman, Braves, 382; 8. Christian Yelich, Brewers, 381; 9. Anthony Rizzo, Cubs .372; 10. Justin Turner, Dodgers .369.

11. Carlos Santana, Royals, 366; 12. Michael Conforto, Mets, 358; 13. JD Martinez, Red Sox, 355; 14. Jose Ramirez., Indian .354; 15. Bryan Reynolds, Pirates, 351; 16. Jose Abreu, White Sox, 350; 16. Nolan Arenado, Cardinals .350; 18. Nelson Cruz, Twins, 347; 19. Bo Bichette, Blue Jays, 342; 19. Trevor Story, Rockies .342.

21. Matt Olson, Athletics, 339; 22. Jesus Aguilar, Marlins .337; 22. Manny Machado, Padres, 337; 24. Christian Walker, D’Backs, 333; 25. Aaron Hicks, Yankees, 331; 26. Joey Gallo, Rangers, 329; 27. Willi Castro, Tigers .328; 28. Kyle Seager, Mariners .325; 29. Donovan Solano, Giants, 323; 30. Anthony Santander, Orioles .295.

NO. 3 HITTERS CAREER OPS

1. Mike Trout, Angels, 1.001; 2. Juan Soto, Nationals .972; 3. Randy Arozarena, Rays, 966; 4. Joey Votto, Reds, 935; 5. Alex Bregman, Astros, 0.907; 6. Bryce Harper, Phillies, 900; 7. Nolan Arenado, Cardinals, 891; 7. Freddie Freeman, Braves, 891; 9. JD Martinez, Red Sox, 886; 10. Nelson Cruz, Twins .877.

11. Trevor Story, Rockies .876; 12. Bo Bichette, Blue Jays .876; 13. Jose Abreu, White Sox, 869; 14. Christian Yelich, Brewers, 868; 15. Anthony Rizzo, Cubs .856; 16. Jose Ramirez., American Indian .848; 17. Michael Conforto, Mets, 843; 18. Justin Turner, Dodgers, 839; 19. Matt Olson, Athletics .836; 20. Joey Gallo, Rangers .829.

21. Manny Machado, Padres, 825; 22. Bryan Reynolds, Pirates, 815; 23. Carlos Santana, Royals, 812; 24. Jesus Aguilar, Marlins .806; 25. Christian Walker, D’Backs, 794; 26. Willi Castro, Tigers, 773; 27. Kyle Seager, Mariners, 767; 28. Anthony Santander, Orioles, 760; 29. Aaron Hicks, Yankees, 731; 30. Donovan Solano, Giants .692.

NOTE: All career stats by Monday April 5th.

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