Posted on 19 November 2009 by Lou
The Chicago Cubs traded Aaron Heilman to the Arizona Diamondbacks for 2 prospects today. The move was done to move an arbitration-eligible player like Heilman – the Cubs still have 7 other players who are arbitration-eligible. That list includes – Carlos Marmol, Ryan Theriot, Sean Marshall, Jeff Baker, Mike Fontenot, Koyie Hill and Angel Guzman.
Heilman made 70 appearances for the Chicago Cubs during the 2009 MLB schedule – his only season with the Cubs, the team that he rooted for as a kid growing up in Indiana. Heilman went 4-4 with 1 save and 6 blown saves. He had a 4.11 ERA and a 1.41 WHIP, striking out 65 while walking 34.
Cubs GM Jim Hendry explained the move this way: “As we move forward in the winter, the way our big league club sets up and the way we have a lot of arb guys, we felt we needed to move some people a little bit before we get to Indianapolis… We feel like we got two solid prospects from the Diamondbacks… We feel we have some young arms who can take [Heilman's] place in that part of the bullpen.” Those arms include Guzman, Esmailin Caridad and Justin Berg.
So just who did the Cubs get for Heilman:
Lefty Scott Maine – 4-5 with a 2.90 ERA and 7 saves in Double A and Triple A during 2009.
2nd baseman Ryan White – .266 batting average with 6 HR’s, 52 RBI’s and a .371 on-base percentage at the Class A level in 2009.
Posted on 24 October 2009 by Lou
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…