Aaron Hill For The All-Star Game?

PHOENIX, AZ - JUNE 20: Aaron Hill #2 of the Arizona Diamondbacks hits a home run against the Seattle Mariners at Chase Field on June 20, 2012 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)

On Saturday, we ran the rule over the leading contenders for Arizona participants in the upcoming All-Star Game, and the poll at that point - which didn't even include Aaron Hill - was won handily by Wade Miley, with 59% of the votes. However, in the Seattle series, Hill went 8-for-12 with three home-runs and seven extra-base hits, turning a recent hot-streak positively incandescent. Over the past 30 days, Hill's line is .385/..430/.703, an OPS of 1.133 which trails only Joey Votto and Carlos Gonzalez among all major-league hitters. The recent surge has pushed his fWAR to 2.5, which has overtaken Wade Miley as best on the team [bWAR still gives it Miley, 2.0 to 1.8]

But particularly of interest, Hill has also overtaken Dan Uggla among all NL second-basemen in fWAR. After the jump are the offensive numbers for qualifiers at the position.

Rk Player OPS Tm PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS BA OBP SLG
1 Aaron Hill .868 ARI 272 244 31 71 15 4 10 31 25 40 6 2 .291 .360 .508
2 Dan Uggla .818 ATL 295 242 48 60 14 0 11 42 49 80 0 2 .248 .376 .442
3 Jose Altuve .807 HOU 296 275 44 86 18 4 4 22 15 39 12 4 .313 .356 .451
4 Brandon Phillips .778 CIN 262 243 38 70 10 1 9 42 15 29 2 0 .288 .330 .449
5 Omar Infante .764 MIA 240 229 31 66 15 2 6 20 8 35 7 1 .288 .314 .450
6 Marco Scutaro .707 COL 284 260 38 71 11 3 4 18 18 22 6 2 .273 .323 .385
7 Darwin Barney .693 CHC 256 238 30 63 15 2 3 22 15 24 4 0 .265 .311 .382
8 Neil Walker .686 PIT 270 243 24 64 12 0 4 28 22 57 7 0 .263 .323 .362
9 Danny Espinosa .685 WSN 265 233 33 53 14 1 6 19 26 79 10 3 .227 .312 .373
10 Daniel Murphy .655 NYM 281 263 24 71 17 1 0 28 17 34 5 1 .270 .313 .342
11 Rickie Weeks .610 MIL 286 238 22 43 9 2 5 19 42 82 6 0 .181 .311 .298

Uggla is well ahead in the voting, so will almost certainly get the starting spot. However, you'd be hard pushed to argue that Branon Phillips and Jose Altuve, second and third currently, have superior numbers to Hill's. So, time for a recount: do we still think Miley should be our All-Star? Or does Hill's recent surge, making him arguably the best second-baseman in the league, push him over the top? Discuss.

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