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Aaron Hill
Name: Aaron Walter Hill
Born: Mar 21, 1982 in Visalia, CA
College: Louisiana State
High School: Redwood HS, Visalia, Calif.
Ht.: 5'11" / Wt.: 200 lbs
Bats: R / Throws: R
Drafted in the 1st round (13th overall) by the Toronto Blue Jays in 2003 (signed for $1,675,000)
In a draft thin on shortstops, Hill is one of the few with legitimate offensive potential. There are questions as to whether he can handle that position all the way up to the majors, but he'll get the shot to prove he can't. His instincts and gritty makeup get the most out of his tools--which aren't lacking. He has enough arm to make plays from the hole, along with range and quickness. He's not flashy but gets the job done. At worst, the Southeastern Conference player of the year will be an all-around second baseman. Offensively, he has a beautiful swing, above-average speed and control of the strike zone. He doesn't have plus home-run power, but he can hit the occasional longball and line balls into the gaps. In a lot of ways, he is similar to former Clemson star Khalil Greene, who went 13th overall to the Padres last year. Hill could go in the same spot to the Blue Jays and won't make it past the Athletics, who choose 25th and 26th.
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