Bucs' Hill rakes in final game of AFL regular season

November 16th, 2017

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Logan Hill can head into the offseason full of confidence after leading Glendale to a 11-3 win over Salt River in the Arizona Fall League's regular-season finale on Thursday.

Hill did it all, going 3-for-5 with three RBIs, a run scored and a stolen base, as the Desert Dogs finished the season on a seven-game winning streak.

"Going to the offseason with three hits always helps," Hill said. "Hit in last at-bat always helps put you in a better mood, but at the end of the day I wanted to come out today [and] have fun. Last time I'm ever going to be on the field with all these guys at the same time. We really got close as a group, it was a lot of fun."

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The 24-year-old hit .239 through 18 AFL games, but ended the season on a four-game hitting streak and posted multiple hits in three of his final six games. Hill's regular season came to an abrupt end in July as he was hit with a pitch and broke his hand.

While Hill was 100 percent during the AFL, it took him a bit of time to regain his form, but he ultimately figured it out and finished strong.

"Coming out here and getting [at-bats] where I can trust my hands [was important]," the 25th-round pick from the 2015 Draft said. "Physically I was fine, but mentally I wasn't quite trusting it. You could tell, last couple weeks I really started to trust it, started hitting balls harder, had one real good hit today."

The hit Hill is referencing came in the third inning, when he crushed a two-out, two-run double. Not only did the pitch bounce off the center-field wall, but it left his bat with a 105.2 MPH exit velocity, according to Statcast™.

Prior to that double, the Glendale offense made it clear it wanted to end the season on a high note.

The Desert Dogs jumped all over (Rockies) for a trio of runs. Phillies No. 12 prospect Cornelius Randolph, who finished 3-for-4, highlighted the rally with an RBI double and Hill finished it with a two-out RBI single.

With Glendale's lead sitting at 5-2, Salt River looked like it was going to mount a comeback in the seventh. Each of the team's first three batters singled, but the Rafters were only able to scratch across one run -- an RBI groundout from Steve Wilkerson (Orioles) -- before Aaron Brown (Phillies) induced a ground-ball double-play to escape the threat.

Any remaining hope of a comeback was thwarted in the next frame as Glendale put the game away with a trio of runs, highlighted by D.J. Peters' (Dodgers No. 17) RBI double.

Hill's third hit of the day started another big inning for Glendale, this one a three-run ninth, and left Hill in a good mood heading to the offseason -- looking forward to what he hopes is a healthy and productive 2018.

"[I want to] pick up where I left off," Hill said. "Continue Double-A success against some of the best guys and hopefully continue moving in the right direction."