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Aaron Hicks sets strikeout record for first 10 career games

Aaron Hicks

Minnesota Twins’ Aaron Hicks (32) sits on the ground at home plate after swinging at a pitch during the first inning of a baseball game against the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Mo., Monday, April 8, 2013. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)

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Rather than sending Aaron Hicks to Triple-A for a month to get some additional seasoning and delay his eventual free agency for an extra year the Twins decided he was ready to make the jump from Double-A to the majors as their Opening Day center fielder.

It has gone about as poorly as possible, with Hicks starting his career 2-for-43 (.047) with 20 strikeouts. Not only do the 20 strikeouts leading baseball, Hicks has tied the all-time record for strikeouts by a rookie through his first 10 career games:

Aaron Hicks 2013 20
Brett Jackson 2012 20
Matt Williams 1987 19
Russell Branyan 1999 18
Ray Durham 1995 18

Not exactly the type of record you want to be setting, although it’s worth noting that Matt Williams and Ray Durham went on to have very good careers and Russell Branyan had a lot of productive seasons. And just short of cracking the above top-five is Giancarlo Stanton, who had 17 strikeouts through 10 career games as a rookie in 2010 and ... well, he’s awesome.