The Arizona Diamondbacks will need all the offensive support they can get with the departure of Justin Upton. The Diamondbacks need to look no further than Aaron Hill for who will provide them with plenty of offense in 2013. The 2012 season was an early indication that Hill is on his way back to being a productive player. This was his best season offensively since he was a member of the Toronto Blue Jays in 2009. Hill in 2009 had a three slash line of .286/.330/.829 to along with 36 HR and 108 RBI. He came over to the Diamondbacks by a trade in August of the 2011 season that sent Kelly Johnson to the Blue Jays. Since Hill has made the desert his home he has become an integral part of the Diamondbacks line up. The one area of his game that does go unnoticed is his defense. Hill had a .992 fielding percentage in 2012 which was good for 4th in the National League among second baseman.
Hill also made history during the 2012 season as well. He became just the 4th player in MLB history to hit for the cycle twice in one season. This was first time this occurred since it was done by Babe Herman in 1931. Hill also made history by becoming the 2nd player in MLB history to hit for two cycles within one calendar month; this accomplishment was only done by John Reilly in 1883. The other player to hit two cycles in the same season was done by Tip O’ Neill in 1887. Hill also brought home some hardware in 2012. He won the Silver Slugger Award for second baseman. Hill earned this award by having a three slash line of .302/.360/.882 to go along with 26 HR and 85 RBI.
The change of scenery benefited Hill the most by coming to the Diamondbacks. He has blossomed into an elite second baseman since joining the club.
Chris Lacey is the Arizona Diamondbacks writer for RantSports.com
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