Tag Archives: koyie hill

Hill’s challengers

No one ever said Koyie Hill could hit. What they did say, especially following the 2009 season when Hill gunned down 20 of 50 would-be base stealers (40%), was that he could throw. Unfortunately for Hill and his supporters, that caught-stealing percentage plummeted to 18% in 2010. Full disclosure: I consider myself a long-time Hill […]

Slidering away

Too many offspeed pitches–that is how I would characterize Larry Rothschild’s long tenure as pitching coach of the Cubs. As one example among many, here is the pitch sequence in a pivotal at-bat during the playoffs in 2008. The date is October 1, 2008, at Wrigley: game 1 of the Cub-Dodger NLDS. The Cubs are […]

Who’s catching tonight? (revisited)

My recent post about Brandon Guyer and his fellow Tennessee speedsters included, as it turned out, a rash prediction at the very end. Here is that last paragraph: The real story to emerge from the minor-league campaign is that the Cubs needed a leadoff hitter and they now have Guyer, Campana and Jackson to choose […]

LBFC prospect rankings

I fancy myself a bit of a scout–a scout of the armchair, box-score persuasion, one who never set eyes on any of the players mentioned in this post unless they happened to be on WGN on a Saturday or Sunday afternoon in March. The results of my scouting are tabulated, weekly during the season, in […]

Most likely to stick?

Word was out last week that nineteen Cubs not currently on the 40-man roster have been invited to spring training with the major-league team. Infielders: Barney, Camp, Castro, LaHair, Lalli, Scales, Vitters Outfielders: Jackson, Snyder Catchers: Chirinos, Clevenger, Robinson Pitchers: Cashner, Coleman, Diamond, Kennard, Mathes, Perkins, Russell Say hello to your 2010 Iowa Cubs!–with the […]

No news is good news

The Cub team that I’m excited about is a couple years away, but 2010 is shaping up as a solid season, largely because Jim Hendry has been demonstrating the same patience and shrewdness in selecting players that new owner Tom Ricketts has applied to the choice of a spring-training site. Hendry corrected a few old […]

Two housekeeping items

Here are end-of-season numbers for Koyie Hill and Geovany Soto in terms of games won/lost and runs for/against. It’s still a smallish data sample, as evidenced by the closing of the gap, under “average runs against,” in just the last week or ten days of the season. See my previous post. Soto’s numbers are impacted […]

Who’s catching tonight?

The Cubs’ starting pitchers have been lined up through the end of the season, but so far no announcement concerning the starting catchers, which might be the more useful information. While (except for newcomer Gorzelanny) the pitchers have pretty much the same record, the two catchers have win-loss records that diverge widely. Until very recently, […]

Hill redux

Koyie Hill, not that other fellow. It was the first week in August when, with Geovany Soto returning from the DL, Jim Hendry said about Hill, “We seem to win a lot of ballgames when he catches.” Piniella promised that Hill would start a decent percentage of the remaining games. Hackles were raised in the […]

Shoes to fill

According to Carrie Muskat’s mlb.com article today, the Cubs are 28-17 in games that Koyie Hill has started at catcher this season. Soto is coming off the DL and will be behind the plate when the Cubs next play on Friday. By my count, the Cubs were 17 and 8 in games that Hill started […]