The Brewers started what looks to be a busy trading season on Thursday with the trade of Aaron Hill to the Red Sox. Let’s take a look at the players that are involved.
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Hill got off to a slow start in April, but he has turned it around. He is hitting .314 since May 7 and 7 of his 8 home runs have come in that time. He has his average up to .283 on the season.
Hill has been playing excellent defense at both second and third. He has only made 2 errors all season and has made several spectacular plays.
The Red Sox added infield depth with the addition of Hill. He could also be a platoon partner for Travis Shaw, who has struggled against left-handed pitchers this season.
Hill is in the final year of his contract and is getting $12 million this season. The Diamondbacks are on the hook for $6.5 million as part of the terms of the trade that sent Hill to the Brewers, so the Red Sox will not to have to pay much for Hill’s services. The financial details have not been announced at this time.
Wilkerson is a right handed pitcher that has been in the Red Sox organization since 2014. He has advanced quickly from Low A up to AAA in just a few years.
He started this season at AA Portland and went 2-1 with a 1.83 ERA in 8 starts. He moved up to AAA Pawtucket and compiled a 402 recored with a 2.44 ERA in 9 starts. Wilkerson has 102 strikeouts in 92.1 innings while only walking 25.
Wilkerson is on the verge of the Major Leagues and will likely get some time in Milwaukee this season. The most he has thrown in a season is 136 innings, so he will probably be limited in how many innings he pitches this year. Look for Wilkerson to compete for a rotation spot in Spring Training next year.
Rijo is a 20-year-old second baseman that the Red Sox signed out of the Dominican Republic in 2013. He is a good hitter that projects to be able to hit 15-20 home runs in a season as his strength builds. He is a good defender at second, but his lack of arm strength limits him to that position.
Rijo was promoted after hitting .270 at Advanced A Salem, but he has struggled at AA Portland. He is known as a free swinger, as evidenced by his 46 strikeouts in 177 at bats with Portland.
Rijo cold develop into a solid big league second baseman that has the ability to hit into the gaps. He had surgery to repair an torn ACL in 2012 that sapped some of his speed, but he makes up for that with superior baseball instincts.