Down Hill?

Make no mistake: Aaron Hill deserves to go to St. Louis this year for the 80th MLB all-star game. His first half numbers are certainly good enough. Among American League second baseman, Hill ranks first in hits (112), home runs (20) and RBI (59).

However, there’s also no mistaking that his bat has cooled down since the start of the year. In fact, the Jays’ 27-year-old second baseman has seen his batting average go down each month this season — .365 in April, .307 in May, .245 in June and currently .229 in July.

Following action on May 24 against Atlanta, Hill was batting .350. And after today’s loss at Tampa Bay? .298.

Now, this isn’t the whole story. Despite a .245 average and a dismal .294 on-base percentage in June, Hill still managed to post solid power numbers: seven home runs, 19 RBIs and a .491 slugging percentage. Those are certainly nothing to scoff at.

On Thursday afternoon, the first-time all-star went 1-for-3 with a walk in a 3-2 loss to the Rays. During the three-game sweep that dropped the Blue Jays under .500 (43-44), Hill went 5-for-13.

2 Responses to “Down Hill?”

  1. Jay B Says:

    amidst the BJ Ryans and Frank Thomases of his era, we can’t forget to pat JP on the back for locking this guy up waaay under market, through 2014…

  2. Ian Says:

    I think pitchers have adjusted to Hill; he’s swinging an awful lot at the first pitch, so he needs to start pushing counts and drawing walks.

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