Aaron Hill’s magical 2012 campaign for the Arizona Diamondbacks caught many across the MLB off guard. Despite the fact that Hill has great pedigree and a proven past of success, many fantasy baseball owners were sleeping on him going into last season. That may have been the case then, but it certainly is no longer that way now.
Hill has had a bit of an up-and-down career, but truly it was only a matter of time before the former top prospect came into his own. While posting decent numbers in 2007, his real breakout didn’t come until 2009, when he hit 36 homers and drove in 108 runs. After 2009, however, Hill was never able to replicate his success, batting .205 in 2010 and only hitting eight homers in 2011.
While 2012 may have been when his reemergence began to be noticed, he started to take off as soon as he got to the desert after the trade that sent him to Arizona and Kelly Johnson north of the border in 2011. He hit .315 the rest of the way for the Diamondbacks, and that carried over into 2012.
In 2012, he hit 26 homers and had 85 RBI. I feel like at this point in his career, these are baseline numbers for Hill. Something obviously clicked when he arrived in Arizona that made him feel comfortable and got him back to his hot bat ways. He has now posted 26 or more homers three times in his five full seasons and figures to be at the heart of the Diamondback lineup for years to come. The batting average is the main concern as he has battled years of .205 and .246, but I have to go with what I’ve seen out of him recently.
While Hill may not be the most exciting name on draft night, you certainly could do much worse. I think he will be posting a solid .285 batting average and give you 26 homers to go along with 90 runs batted in. Those should be enough to keep him inside the top five among second basemen in 2013 should he stay healthy.
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