Arizona Diamondbacks offseason: Aaron Hill recognized for defense

Christian Petersen

The D-backs' second baseman did more than just swing the bat in 2012.

Defense might just be the most underrated aspect in today's baseball world. Every team focuses on constructing a roster full of talented hitters and hard-throwing pitchers, but it's tough to win if you can't cleanly field the ball on a nightly basis.

Aaron Hill of the Diamondbacks is not only known to be one of the better hitting second basemen in the league, but also one of the smoothest fielders. On Tuesday, Hill was named the team's top defender by Wilson.

"He's a great baseball player," D-backs shortstop John McDonald said. "His mind is always in the game, it's always attuned to what's going on. He prides himself on being extremely prepared and a step ahead of what's going to happen in the game. It shines through in his play."

McDonald also praised his fellow infielder for his hard work throughout the entire year and the way he goes about preparing for each series, game and at-bat.

Statistically, Hill was one of the better defensive second basemen in the National League. He posted a UZR (Ultimate Zone Rating) of 4.6 in 156 games, which is above average. He has historically been one of the better fielders at his position and that trend should continue next year and beyond for the D-backs.

Trending Discussions

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

Join SB Nation Arizona

You must be a member of SB Nation Arizona to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SB Nation Arizona. You should read them.

Join SB Nation Arizona

You must be a member of SB Nation Arizona to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SB Nation Arizona. You should read them.

Spinner

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.