MLB: AZ Diamondbacks Player Aaron Hill
When Spring Training begins for the AZ Diamondbacks one player the team is counting on to bounce back is Aaron Hill. Hill is coming off a disappointing 2014 season in which he hit just .244, with 10 home runs, 60 RBI and 92 strikeouts; significantly down from his average of .277, 18 homeruns and 77 RBI. Just two seasons ago Hill was awarded the Silver Slugger after clubbing 26 home runs, with 85 RBI and hit .302 over 156 games. This led the Diamondbacks to offer Hill a big contract after that 2012 season. Hill will be 33 years old by Opening Day and he is owed $24 million, through the 2016 season.
During Hill’s tenure with the Diamondbacks, staying healthy has been a concern. In two of his four seasons with the team, he has failed to play 90 games. He started strong during the 2013 season, but was injured and limited to only 87 games and 327 at bats.
Hill needs to be the everyday player at 2nd base. He plays excellent defense, is a great clubhouse leader and, if he stays healthy, should be able to contribute in the lineup with his bat. If he has a slow start to the 2015 season, either in his return from his injuries or his lackluster play, look for General Manager Dave Stewart to try and trade him at the July deadline or sooner. If a team is interested in him, the Diamondbacks would probably still have to pay most of his remaining salary, which puts them in a challenging position.
Aaron Hill will focus on staying healthy as he begins the 2015 season as the primary second baseman. He also might see time at third base and possibly even short-stop.
Hill would like to remain with the Diamondbacks, and even though he lost playing time last September to some of the young infielders, he can still be a valuable player to this team.
Let’s hope that 2015 is an injury free season and that we can see Hill return to hitting 15 to 20 homeruns, with 70 to 75 RBI!
Pitchers and catchers report February 19th, with the first workout on February 20th. Position players report February 24th, with their first workout on February 25th.
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