Cardinals Sign Koyie Hill

The Cardinals have signed catcher Koyie Hill to a minor league deal, Jon Paul Morosi of FOX Sports tweets. Turner Gary Sports represents the longtime Cubs backstop.

Hill, 32, figures to compete with Bryan Anderson and Tony Cruz for playing time behind Yadier Molina. He posted a .194/.268/.276 line in 153 plate appearances for the Cubs last year, stopping 24% of stolen base attempts. The eight-year veteran has a career batting line of .211/.275/.298 and has stopped 28% of the stolen base attempts against him.

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  1. WrigleyTerror37 4 years ago


  2. tfsmag 4 years ago

    do the cards have better option for backup catcher than Koyie? I’m seriously asking as I have no idea

    • Tony Cruz and Bryan Anderson. Hill is just insurance.

      • rayking 4 years ago

        I wouldn’t be surprised if Steven Hill moves ahead of him too, he seems to swing a decent bat although I don’t know about his defense.

  3. jrav 4 years ago

    Probably just minor league depth.  Cruz and Anderson are both way better, and we’re going to take one for our backup where we have been signing veteran backups in the past.  Just a minor league replacement for whichever one we take

  4. jondogg2010 4 years ago

    IDC if dude throws out 50% of runners a sub .200 BA is unacceptable.

    • CaseyBlakeDeWitt 4 years ago

      Hey, that’s Kelly Shoppach!

    • sourbob 4 years ago

      He absolutely does not throw out 50%. Or even 25% the last few years. 

      He does supposedly call a good game, though with the lack of quality in Cubs pitchers the last few years, that’s mostly theoretical.

  5. baseball52 4 years ago


  6. I think I speak for all Cubs fans when I say…….BWAHAHAHAHAHAH!!!!!!

  7. As a Cubs fan, LMAO

  8. formerdraftpick 4 years ago

    What ever happened to Reggie Abercrombie who was traded with Koyie Hill?  

  9. bonestock94 4 years ago

    She sounds cute

  10. Jimbo504 4 years ago

    hopefully they just give it to Cruz, he filled in nicely last year.

    • stl_cards16 4 years ago

      I think it’s his spot to lose. It would have to take a pretty bad spring training from Cruz for Anderson or Hill to be considered,IMO.

      Not a bad signing though. With the serious pitching talent the Cardinals are going to have going through AAA the next couple years, it will be nice to have a catcher with big league experience to work with.

      • sourbob 4 years ago

        You may be right about the AAA thing. Hill’s good clubhouse/game calling rep make sense in a AAA environment focused on developing young pitchers… even if he can’t throw out runners or hit.

  11. Cosmo3 4 years ago

    Most. Useless. Player. Ever. 

    • KeithLawSucksInStl 4 years ago

      Good enough to play in 206 games for the Cubs the last 3 years… So yes, useless.

      • stewie75 4 years ago

        pretty sure theriot started even more for us and… ehh, I don’t even need to finish this comment do I?

    • Dan Mazzaro 4 years ago

      I’ve never seen a worse hitter at any level of the game..

    • sourbob 4 years ago

      Although I feel compelled to point out he’s supposedly an absolute top-shelf character/clubhouse guy, as a Cub fan, I still kinda have to agree. Kinda bad defensively… positively abysmal as a hitter.

  12. Ben Zetlitz 4 years ago

    This is far from a rare occurrence. Back-up catchers who are no longer serviceable are often snagged up by division rivals to give away their secrets.

  13. GaryLeeT 4 years ago

    The Cards are just stocking up on catchers so they have something to fall back on after the Cubs sign Molina next year.

    • Mike 4 years ago

      HA. Dude tdidnt they says Albert would sign with the Cubs? Molina ixs more loyal then Pujols. He wont get 100 million. Therefore itll be easier to resign him He wont play for the Cubs, he likes WINNING. Something the Cubs havent done in what a million years?

      What part of Minor league deal dont you Cub fans get? His gonna be on the Memphis Redbirds, not the St. Louis Cardinals.

      • GaryLeeT 4 years ago

        I tip my cap to Cardinal fans. I put the hook into the water, and only got one bite.

    • why would Yadi leave a winning team and go to a losing team?

  14. DrHMD 4 years ago

    Yadi is his own man, not ALbert’s caddie

  15. Cubs can’t remember that far back when they won! LOL

  16. hgr900 4 years ago

    I used to have this guy’s rookie card! Then I threw it out when I saw him play

  17. stl_cards16 4 years ago

    He will be on the Memphis “cards”. Its not like he will be blocking any top prospects or anything. So unless someone is seriously concerned about the Memphis Redbirds record next year, I can’t find a reason to care who will be their backup catcher.

  18. sam_lammert 4 years ago

    because hes on our AAA team, yes, AAA team, the other team in this organization that could easily beat the cubs

  19. CaseyBlakeDeWitt 4 years ago

    Hill was never a starter. Soto has been starting for the last couple years.

  20. All I can say is you better hope you’re right about the AAA thing.  I sure thought the same thing during 2011 spring training when Wellington Castillo hit .636 (12-19) with a 1.538 OPS, and Koyie Hill went 1-32 (nope, not a typo) and STILL got the backup job!  Even better was when Soto got injured and Castillo promoted, Castillo only got to play in 4 of the 17 games Soto was out.  Quade decided Koyie was a better choice even though all the fans, media, and probably Koyie himself knew otherwise.  I’m so happy our old management is gone. 

    I hope for your sake that the Cards realize what he is.  Well, actually I don’t, since we’re arch rivals and all, but you catch my drift!

  21. This deserves a “:D” and a ‘LOL’.

  22. Dan Mazzaro 4 years ago

    he has definitely started multiple games for the Cubs

  23. sam_lammert 4 years ago

    lets see how good the cubs are with that washed up over-payed player they have, whats his name? oh yeah, their whole team

  24. sam_lammert 4 years ago

    lets see how good the cubs are with that washed up over-payed player they have, whats his name? oh yeah, their whole team

  25. stl_cards16 4 years ago

    I have a feeling that -Pujols+Beltran+Wainwright doesn’t =19 games……just a hunch.

  26. Keep telling yourself that Cards fans 

  27. Keep telling yourself that Cards fans 

  28. The line-up isn’t necessarily better, but the team is. Waino, Motte, Furcal, no Theriot (that’s a big one), hopefully a breakout Freese season…

  29. The line-up isn’t necessarily better, but the team is. Waino, Motte, Furcal, no Theriot (that’s a big one), hopefully a breakout Freese season…

  30. Seth: “We’re talking about football, right?”

  31. Mike 4 years ago

    Also, I thought I read that Beltran had a close or better OPS then Pujols did last year. Pujols 30 or so HRs can be replaced. Freese will hit 25, Holliday is Due for a big power year.Berkman will be the same as last year, Beltran will hit 20 or so. There, its already replaced. I think Pujols was on his way down anyways.

  32. Your on fire man! I cant believe this whole debate happened because we signed Koyie Hill. Crazy, but I love it.

  33. sam_lammert 4 years ago

    haha thanks, i’ll do anything for a good debate, especially with a cubs fan, and they’re not hard to find, i just go to a bar and find the drunkest person, they’re usually the ones who think the cubs are good

  34. Hahahaha that’s awesome man…

  35. stewie75 4 years ago

    shouldn’t you be wearing a red t-shirt and clapping with a blank stare in your eye right now?

  36. scott brecht 4 years ago

    95% of those were when soto was injured.  the other times were when they had a long stretch without a day off, he would usually take the #5 starter.  he can call a decent game, but can’t block a ball to save his life and rarely can throw a runner out at second.    

  37. stewie75 4 years ago

    freese WILL hit 25 or CAN hit 25? IS holliday due for a BIG POWER YEAR? he’s only hit 30+ HRs twice in his career, 0 since 2007.

  38. sam_lammert 4 years ago

    man you got it all wrong, thats tuesday nights

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