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13 responses to “God’s Wrath Watch: God Loves Koyie Hill”

  1. Jeff

    You are correct Ace, Ramirez is out of options and has to clear waivers before he can report to the minors. My thinking is that this was the reason he was still around in the first place, Hendry hoping someone saw enough of him to consider trading for him instead of relying on the unpredictable waiver process.

    The timing of the injuries suck, but I think you’re right on that account too, Koyie Hill has had his job nailed down for some time now, and even the ridiculous spring that Castillo has had at the plate was never going to change that.

  2. Michigan Goat

    I’ve been reading this site since 2009 (btw Ace it really is the best) but never commented, now I can’t remain silent. They way I see tithe Cubs have only one responsible way to handle the catcher “issue.”. First DFA Hill we all now why no reason to repeat. Second, send Castillo to Iowa (I’ll explain in a second). Finally, give Max the backup job.

    Why Max over Castillo? Because it is the only way we get to retain both. With teams needing always needing catchers having three MLB caliber catchers gives the Cubs some real trading power, why lose Max to waivers when you can trade him for something, right?

    I also wonder if we should consider Soto or Castillo for first base next year vs. spending everything on pooh-hole or prince. Not sure what their background is or when they played the field last, but I hope they are at least considering it… I think Soto would become an even sharper hitter if he didn’t have to spend time thinking about pitchers and dealing with the toll catching has on the body.

    1. Cheryl

      I agree with much of what Michigan Goat says. Give Max the backup job. Putting the questionable defense and offense in the hands of Hill would be a mistake. It would undo the message sent biy the release of Silva, that achievement should be rewarded. Castillo would be better off putting some time in at Iowa before coming up to the Majors. I understand he has less than 100 games there.

      Hill may be a person who gets on well with his teammates and is respected, but this spring no one can argue that he performed well. Ramirez can be a bat off the bench too. Michigan mentions having Sota play first. I dont think that would work because he may be prone to injuries (Others have mentioned this. I’m not sure about it.) However, could Ramirez play first? I don’t know. But Hill may be a good coach within the Cubs system. His fellow players may like him, but is it fair to have resentment build because he can’t hit?

      1. Michigan Goat

        If Soto is prone to injury then keeping him as a catcher is a recipie for disaster, this may have already been discussed within the organization and they’ve determined he can’t handle the field and I yes good hitting catching is a blessing, but if Castillo is the real deal we should find a way to use them both or move one of them for a corner the infielders we will need next year

  3. Cubster222

    Hill should only be allowed to catch for Big Z that way we at least get to recover some of his offense when Z pokes one into the bleachers. I think we should be working on Castillo for taking over 3b next year and if we don’t sign a ‘big name’ FA push Rami over to 1st.

    1. Cubster222

      provided of course the aram has a comeback year…
      Then we’re looking at a lineup next year with Jackson, Colvin, Castro, Rami, Soto, Sorri, Castillo, Barney….

  4. Art

    I think the “pitchers like throwing to Hill” is overplayed. remember they said the same think about Soto when he first came up. before that they liked Kendall. what else can they say when asked about a catcher? they never said they preferred throwing to Hill, I’m sure he’s not a gold glove catcher with a Bench arm or head. he’s not that good that you can carry his weak bat. that’s just my thinking.

    as for Castillo, if Jake and Soriano can play LF, anyone can for a game or 2, 3B, and 1B would other positions he could play for a game.

  5. ramy16

    NOOOOO…I CANT STAND Koyie Hill! i think the cubs should send his ass to iowa! he needs to learn how to hit!!! keep ramirez as the back up…he can hit…i know the injury bug as hit him…quade needs to open up his eyes..koyie hill is not the answer…also we could use a back up 3rd baseman for ramy!

  6. Jeff

    I wonder if it would be possible to put Ramirez on the 15 day DL to start the year and send him for a rehab assignment for a couple of games, giving the Cubs an extra couple of weeks to work out some kind of trade.