2008 Cardinals Prospect #40 – Steven Hill

Does the 2007-drafted utilityman have a clear future position in the field to go along with his solid bat?

Scout.com Player Profile (including links to 2007 and career stats)

2007 Ranking: not applicable

Position: 1B/OF/C

DOB: 3/14/1985

Height: 5-foot-11

Weight: 190

Bats: R

Throws: R

School: Stephen F. Austin College

Became a Cardinal: Selected in the 13th round (412th overall) of the June, 2007 First-Year Player Draft.

Tm

AVG

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

BB

SO

SB

OBP

SLG

OPS

BAT

0.436

39

4

17

5

1

1

11

5

5

0

0.511

0.692

1.203

QC

0.303

261

38

79

15

0

11

44

9

58

1

0.330

0.487

0.816

Tot

0.320

300

42

96

20

1

12

55

14

63

1

0.355

0.513

0.869

Staff Comments (individual rankings in parens)

Leonda Markee (36): Hill was one of the few 2007 draftees that I ranked in the Top 40. He combined some upside with performance. He hit a combined .320/.355/.513/.869 in 300 at bats between Short-A Batavia and full A Quad Cities. It is a concern that his most frequently played position was first base, followed by left field and then catcher. Clearly he has far more value as a catcher than as a first baseman. Next season will help in determining just where Hill fits into the overall picture.

Dustin Mattison (31): A college pick, Hill hit 69 home runs his last three years of college and he continued to hit with power in his professional debut, slugging .513 in his 300 professional at bats. The Cardinals picked him as a catcher and his value as a prospect would increase greatly if he stayed behind the plate but the jury is still out on his permanent position. He has an extremely quick bat and could rise quickly through the system in 2008 as he already rates as one of the better power prospects in the system.

Ray Mileur (40): Selected in the 13th round of the First-Year Player Draft, Hill started his professional career with a two-week stint in the New York-Penn League, where he hit .436 through his first ten games with Batavia. Promoted to Quad Cities on June 29th, Hill registered a team-high 15-game hitting streak from August 3-18, hitting .483 (29-for-60) with five doubles, four homers, 13 runs, and 14 RBI, leading Quad Cities to the playoffs for the third consecutive season. Hill finished the regular season with a 0-for-28 skid and went just one-for-seven in the playoffs, as the Swing was eliminated in the first-round of the playoffs. Time will tell if Hill comes out of his season-ending slump. If he does, he'll move up in the organization and in our rankings.

Brian Walton (NR): I am the only one of the group that didn't rank Hill. He was in my 41-50 group, but not this high. Hill hit well at low levels at the age of 22, coming in fourth in the system in batting average (.320), eighth in slugging (.513) and 11th in OPS at .869. For those who prefer counting stats, Hill finished 15th in the system with 20 doubles, tied for 11th with 12 home runs and 15th in RBI at 55, all in just 300 at-bats. On the downside, he neither has a lot of size nor a clear position defensively, which weighed heavily against him in my thought process.

Key: NR = not ranked, NA = not applicable

To see our entire list of 40 prospects as they are unveiled daily, click here. You can also read each of the voters' philosophies in making their selections.

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