The Arizona Diamondbacks have had a lot of “tryouts” at second base over the years. Some good at defense. Some good at offense, some gave a good try at both. Now it is Aaron Hill‘s turn. Hill, acquired in August for the stretch run of the 2011 season, played about as good a six week stretch as you could expect for a guy changing leagues, hitting just .225.
Orlando Hudson, Felipe Lopez, Kelly Johnson are just a few of the previous players to occupy second base at Chase Field for the Dbacks over the years. Other guys have platooned, guys like Craig Counsell, Ryan Roberts, Roberto Alomar, Carlos Baerga among others. It has been a position of instability from year to year. Now Hill, who was given a new two-year contract, will occupy the position for at least a couple of seasons.
The man he proceeded, Kelly Johnson, certainly had his moments, however with a batting average close to .200 much of last season, his defense and power couldn’t overcome that deficiency. Maybe it was a change of scenery that got Hill going. The Dbacks weren’t sold on Hill even after those short six weeks and rightfully so, although I believe it was the right move bringing him back. I get the idea that you don’t want to act on just six weeks of work, however Hill looked very comfortable in the field and at the plate with the Dbacks, both in the regular season and off season.
Now maybe Hill can take the reins for awhile and bring the balance the Dbacks have been looking for at second.