With a look at our 2nd catcher, here is our report on Koyie Hill.
2009 Stats – .237 batting average; .312 on-base percentage; 2 HR’s; 24 RBI’s; 26 runs scored; 27 walks; 78 K’s in 253 at-bats.
2008 Stats – N/A only 21 at-bats.
Grade: B+. Overall, a solid effort from Hill even though a quick glance at his numbers might not indicate that. Hill filled in admirably for Geovany Soto who endured 2 stints on the DL in 2009. Hill even set a club record by catching in 25 straight games for the Cubs – from July 7th through August 5th – until Soto could return to the Cubs lineup. Hill was not a major force at the plate, but he did work well with each of the Cubs’ starting pitchers. Hill calls a good game, he is good defensively and he is a workhouse, so he has a lot to offer a club as a back-up catcher. Hill caught the Cubs through their best stretch of ball after the All-Star Break – when the Cubs won 14 of 19 games from July 16th through August 4th to stay right with the St. Louis Cardinals in the NL Central. After that – we all know what happened, but at least Hill was a bright spot for an otherwise disappointing 2009 club. Hill will serve the Cubs well as a back-up catcher in 2010, but if they have to really on him the way they did in 2009, that will likely mean bad things for the Cubs.
GM Jim Hendry, Manager Lou Pinella and Cubs fans are looking forward to continued success for Koyie Hill in a Cubs uniform at the Friendly Confines of Wrigley Field in April 2010 – we do too…