Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Nats sign Hill to minor-league deal

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Veteran Koyie Hill is a career .210 hitter in parts of nine big-league seasons.
The Nationals have signed veteran catcher Koyie Hill to a minor-league contract and assigned him to Class AAA Syracuse.

Hill, 33, is a career .210 hitter in parts of nine seasons with the Dodgers, Diamondbacks and Cubs. After serving in a semi-regular capacity with Chicago the last three years, Hill appeared in only 11 games this season, hitting .179. He was designated for assignment last week and became a free agent after refusing an assignment to Class AAA Iowa.

After a run of injuries to Wilson Ramos, Sandy Leon and Carlos Maldonado, the Nationals found themselves thin on catchers at the minor-league level. Syracuse currently has a catching tandem of Jeff Howell and James Skelton, though Skelton just landed on the disabled list himself.

Hill, a switch-hitter, could wind up as the Nationals' backup catcher at some point this season if the club feels the need for some veteran assistance for starter Jesus Flores.

8 comments:

SonnyG10 said...

Interesting that he refused AAA assignment with Cubs, but took one with us.

MicheleS said...

Sonny.. he was blocked in Chicago, they have Soto and some kid, Clevenger (?).

Soul Possession, My Hitterish Sofa said...

Steve Clevenger would be a nice pickup--lefty bat with some pop--if the Nats had any way to use him long-term, but they don't, and the Cubs do. I wondered if Rizzo might not get Hill to fill in at AAA.

Soul Possession, My Hitterish Sofa said...

Giovany Soto, btw, was also on the DL until yesterday.

Natman said...

Made me laugh: Hill's a switch hitter- guess that means he can't hit from either side of the plate

Natman said...

Made me laugh: Hill's a switch hitter- guess that means he can't hit from either side of the plate

rabbit34 said...

I won't say anything about Hill hitting .210.....except that it is almost as "high" as Zimmerman! I really DO love the Nats!!! GO NATIONALS!! I just don't want to take the time to analyze everything like you guys do.

Soul Possession, My Hitterish Sofa said...

Rabbit, something tells me time isn't the only factor there.

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