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Snake Pit Appraisals: Aaron Hill

What did people think of the disaster that was Aaron Hill's 2014?

aaron looks on at the destruction he has caused
aaron looks on at the destruction he has caused
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Strengths:
  • "Hill is reliable, adequate defensively and offensively, and a great dugout guy." - Angry_Saguaro
  • "At this stage Aaron’s only winning attribute is his smile." - Diamondhacks
Weaknesses:
  • "Hill’s bat has slowed some. His power is entirely generated from pulling the ball down the LF line. His range at second is diminishing, a[n]d he doesn’t really have the footwork or reflexes for filling in over at third." - James Attwood
  • "I guess it's not a total surprise that Hill endured his worst season at age 32, but how plummeting into one of the league’s very worst regulars, still making $11 million, registers as anything above ’ significant disappointment’ kind of escapes me." - Diamondhacks
  • "Guessing fastballs and then swinging at sliders in the dirt. Aaron was a major problem in the line up." - ford.williams.10
  • "Rough season; some decline, some tough luck." - desertice
Towards 2015:

  • "If the Diamondbacks can find a bidder that is willing to take on a good portion of Hill’s salary in hopes that he has another change of scenery season, they should move him." - James Attwood
  • "Maybe he bounces back, but as I stated recently, 'I think "rebound" for Hill looks like .260/.300/.390, .690 OPS. Add to that declining defense, and I’m not all that optimistic he can be much more than a 1-2 WAR player again, if that.'" - shoewizard
  • "Think being in the mix to spell Didi at 2nd and Lamb at 3b might help pad his stats enough to be traded at the summer deadline and hopefully shed the rest of that cumbersome contract." - desertice
Comment of the Thread:

The tally:
  • 5 - Highly satisfied: 2%
  • 4 - Fairly satisfied: 13%
  • 3 - Neither satisfied nor dissatisfied: 8%
  • 2 - Somewhat dissatisfied: 47%
  • 1 - Very dissatisfied: 30%

I'm really surprised he got as many 5's and 4's as he did considering the awful season he just put up. I think everyone is looking for Aaron Hill to bounce back in 2015, I mean, he has to right? With a handful of teams looking for 2nd base help, we should have no problems finding a suitor given that we take on a huge chunk of his remaining $24 million. But if we're going to pay that much to essentially give him away, why not let him rebuild his value here like we believe he will, then ship him off when teams are looking for offense? The one silver lining I found was upon his return from the All-Star Break and before getting hit in the hand again, he had an OPS of 1.135 and was showing the Aaron Hill of past. Granted it's an entirely small sample size and was BABIP driven, but the point remains. He can still hit, it's just a matter of getting him to that point consistently.

The Scoreboard
  1. Josh Collmenter: 4.71 (151 votes)
  2. Paul Goldschmidt: 4.64 (168)
  3. Chase Anderson: 4.18 (161)
  4. Eury de la Rosa: 3.63 (91)
  5. Tuffy Gosewisch: 3.50 (113)
  6. Didi Gregorius: 2.75 (106)
  7. Mike Bolsinger: 2.67 (117)
  8. Bronson Arroyo: 2.63 (125)
  9. Will Harris 2.49 (61)
  10. Randall Delgado: 2.25 (122)
  11. Aaron Hill 2.11 (91)
  12. Trevor Cahill: 1.07 (147)