Koyie Dolan Hill (Coy)...is an alum of Wichita State University...was a 3-year letterman at Wichita State University...played primarily 3B and hit .355 with 186 RBI for the Shockers, who won the Missouri Valley Conference (MVC) title each season...in Summer of '99, played 2B for Team USA's Collegiate National Team and hit .284 with 3 home runs and 21 RBI.
Signed late (March 19) with the Marlins organization and hit .237 in 60 games with New Orleans of the Triple-A Pacific Coast League before spending the season's final 7 weeks with the Marlins...posted season-best 2 hits on Sept. 11 vs. ATL.
Went to Spring Training with the Cardinals, but by season's end, played for 5 different organizations, including an 11-game big league stint with the Cubs...spent almost 2 months in the Nationals chain...hit 2 homers and tallied 9 RBI in 31 games for Syracuse of the Triple-A International League from June 19-July 30...caught Tanner Roark and Christian Garcia, among others, while with the Chiefs.
Played 46 games for the Cubs, starting 45 at catcher...Tied his career high for runs in a game scoring three runs twice (5/18 at FLA & 5/24 vs. NYM). Posted first three-hit/three-run game in his career on 5/18 at FLA...Threw out 22 percent (7-32) of base stealers, including two runners in two attempts vs. WAS (8/11)...Hit .300 (3-10) at Busch Stadium, and holds a .313 BA (10-32) career average at Busch...Smacked two home runs last season, one at ARI (4/28) and one exactly two months later at Wrigley Field vs. SF (6/28)...Batted .277 (13-47) from the 7th inning on...Cubs were 24-21 in games he started at catcher.
Koyie appeared in 77 games for Chicago, making 60 starts, while his 13 doubles marked a career best ... was behind the dish for six of the team's 14 shutouts, including three of the final four. ... Threw out 5-of-42 baserunners attempting to steal (11.9 percent). ... The switch-hitter batted .297 (11-for-37) off left-handed pitching
compared to a .197 mark (35-for-178) off righties.
... Of his 17 RBI on the season, nine came with two outs in an inning.
... Had a career-best eight-game hitting streak, May 23-June 10 ... hit .333
(9-for-27) with two doubles and four RBI during the run.
w Later had a seven-game streak, August 8-15, batting .346 (9-for-
26) with three doubles and four RBI.
... Had a season-high three hits and belted his lone homer of the year,
August 31 vs. Pittsburgh, finishing 3-for-4 with a double, the long ball,
two runs scored and two RBI.
w The homer, off Jeff Karstens, was his first since May 29, 2009
against the Dodgers.
... Batted .353 (6-for-17) in his first nine games through April 23, but hit
.056 (1-for-18) in his next 11 contests through May 22.
... Collected a career-high tying two doubles, June 29 vs. the Pirates.
... From August 20-September 1, batted .321 (9-for-28) with four runs and
five RBI in seven contests.
... Manned third base in the ninth inning, September 18 vs. the Mets ... was
his second career appearance there (also April 30, 2009 vs. Florida).
... Stole second base, September 15 in St. Louis ... was his second career
swipe, and his first since August 16, 2004 vs. Pittsburgh while with
... In nine starts, September 22-October 1, Cubs hurlers recorded four
shutouts ... was also behind the dish for the majority of a season-ending
28.0-inning scoreless streak from the team's bullpen.
Koyie spent his first full season in the majors and appeared in a career-high 83 games, including 26-consecutive games behind the plate, July 7-August 5, while Geovany Soto was on the disabled list. © He was first Cubs catcher to start at least 26 games in a row since Jody
Davis started 38 straight in 1986.
w Is the third Cubs catcher in the last 50 years to start more than
25 games in a row, joining Randy Hundley (seven such streaks
from 1966-70) and Davis (two such streaks from 1982-86).
© Threw out 20-of-50 baserunners attempting to steal ... the 40.0 percent
success rate ranked third among catchers with at least 40 stolen base
w His 40.0-percent success rate ranks fourth-highest for any Cubs
catcher (min. 40 attempts) since 1987 ... Rick Wilkins leads with
43.1 success rate in 1993.
© Gunned down a runner attempting to steal in four-straight games, July
19-22 ... is the first Cubs catcher to throw out at least one runner
attempting to steal in four-straight team games since June 22-25, 1990,
when Joe Girardi accomplished the feat (thanks to Elias Sports Bureau).
© Cubs went 42-27 (.609) in his 69 starts behind the plate in 2009, and
are 60-36 (.625) in his 96 starts since the start of the 2007 campaign.
© Batted .323 (10-for-31) in nine April contests ... posted a .316 average
(18-for-57) in 17 August games.
© Hit .250 (41-for-164) following the All-Star break after hitting .213
(19-for-89) in the first half.
© Batted .412 (7-for-17) when putting an 0-1 pitch in play ... was 17-for-
60 (.283) when leading off an inning.
© Enjoyed a career-best, seven-game hitting streak, April 8-28 ... hit .400
(10-for-25) with six RBI during the streak.
© Made five-consecutive starts behind the plate, April 8-13, while Geovany
Soto recovered from a sore right shoulder ... hit safely in each game,
batting .333 (6-for-18) with a homer and five RBI.
© Made his first career appearance at third base April 30 vs. Florida,
moving there from behind the dish in the 10th inning.
Koyie had the strongest offensive season of his career, hitting .275 (100-for-364) with a career-high 17 home runs at Triple-A
Iowa ... was promoted to Chicago September 1.
© Made his Cubs season debut September 5, coming in as a defensive replacement in the sixth inning ... went 2-for-2 with an RBI-double ...
marked his first major league hit since August 16, 2007.
© All told, hit .095 (2-for-21) in 10 games for Chicago.
© Began the season with Iowa, hitting just .132 (9-for-68) with three
doubles and three RBI in his first 20 games through May 5 ... went on to
bat .307 (91-for-296) with 17 homers, 21 doubles and 61 RBI in his
final 93 contests.
© Was 24-for-76 (.316) off southpaws ... batted .302 (32-for-106) with 47
RBI with runners in scoring position.
© Ranked fifth among the league's catchers, throwing out 29 of 78 (37.2-
percent) runners attempting to steal.
© Owned a league-leading .432 (35-for-81) batting average with seven
doubles, nine homers and 25 RBI in 23 July contests ... recorded a
season-high 10-game hitting streak, July 11-27, going 21-for-33 (.636)
with three doubles, four long balls, nine runs scored and 14 RBI.
© Named PCL Batter of the Week for July 21-27 after batting .647 (11-for-
17) with two doubles, three homers and 10 RBI in five games.
© Had five multi-hit games in a span of six starts, July 22-29 ... hit .542
(13-for-24) with three doubles, three homers and 12 RBI.
© After the Triple-A All-Star break, went 34-for-116 (.293) with 21 walks,
10 doubles, one triple, eight clouts and 28 RBI.
Koyie began the year with Triple-A Iowa before he was selected by the Cubs June 1 ... went on to appear in 36 games for Chicago, and the club logged a 17-8 (.680) record in games he started behind the plate. ... Was batting .320 (41-for-128) in 40 games for Iowa at the time of his
promotion to Chicago.
... Made his first appearance as a Cub June 1 vs. Atlanta ... it marked his
first big league action since October 2, 2005 with Arizona.
... Threw out four of 10 runners attempting to steal off him.
... Collected a career-high five RBI July 18 vs. San Francisco, becoming the
first Cubs backstop to drive in at least five runs since Paul Bako drove in
six April 5, 2003 at Cincinnati.
... Designated for assignment by Chicago August 20 ... he cleared waivers
and was outrighted to Iowa August 27.
Koyie appeared in just 20 games for Triple-A Columbus before being placed on the disabled list June 12 with a season-ending right-elbow injury.
Started the year with the D-Backs and was their opening day starter behind the plate. ... Had three different stints with D-Backs spending the other parts of the year with Triple-A Tucson. ... Was the club's sixth different opening day catcher in eight-year franchise history.
Koyie entered the year on the cusp of a big league career with the Los Angeles Dodgers, but just minutes before the trade deadline passed he was dealt with pitcher Bill Murphy and outfielder Reggie Abercrombie to Arizona in exchange for
Steve Finley and Brent Mayne....unfortunately, Hill's 13th game with the Diamondbacks proved to be unlucky, as he sustained
a right ankle fracture when he was on the receiving end of a home plate collision with Pittsburgh's Ty Wigginton on
August 17...Hill's ankle was surgically repaired 10 days later by team orthopedist Dr. Pete Mitchell...the injury occurred
just a night after he enjoyed a 3-for-5 contest against the Bucs, highlighted by Hill's first Major League home run, a 3-run
blast off of Jose Mesa...Koyie was in the lineup for the D'Backs in Colorado less than 24 hours after being acquired, going
0-for-4...his 0'fer lasted for 12 at bats before breaking into the hit column on August 6 against Atlanta...just 2 days later on
August 8, Hill enjoyed his first career multi-hit contest, going 4-for-4 with a double, also vs. the Braves...Koyie opened the
season with Las Vegas (AAA) and struggled out of the gate with a .213 average (17-for-80) through 20 games in April...he
quickly found his groove in May, hitting safely in 23 of 27 games at a .374 pace (40-for-107)...included was a season-best
13-game hitting streak from May 3-17 during which he hit .393 (22-for-56) with 17 RBI...Koyie batted .500 (21-for-42)
with 14 RBI during a 10-game hitting streak from May 26-June 4, concluding the skein with 7 straight multi-hit affairs...he
notched a season-best 5 RBI with a 3-for-4 effort on May 29 against Tacoma...he was solid when playing in Las Vegas, hitting
.356 (69-for-194) in 48 games at Cashman Field, while managing just a .199 mark (31-for-156) on the road...he was
the starting catcher for the United States squad at the 2004 Futures Game in Houston on July 11.
Began the year at Double-A Jacksonville and ended it by making his first appearance in the big leagues...appeared in three games for the Dodgers, batting .333 (1-for-3) with a double... doubled off Colorado's Steve Reed in his first big league atbat on Sept. 5 at Coors Field...hit just .228 with seven RBI in 101 at-bats for Jacksonville before being promoted to Triple-A Las Vegas...batted .314 with three homers and 36 RBI for the 51s to earn a Sept. 2 promotion to the big leagues...was named to the Pacific Coast League All-Star team at the end of the season...played in Triple-A All-Star Game at midseason...had a hit in 14 of his first 15 games at Triple-A following his May 5 promotion from Double-A Jacksonville...went 4-for-4 on May 19 at Tucson...had a hit in 16 of 17 games from May 28-June 18...batted .347 (51-for-147) on the road and .341 (29-for-85) with runners in scoring position for the 51s...batted .303 off left-handers and .318 off right-handers at Triple-A...makes consistent contact, as he struck out just 58 times in 438 plate appearances...walked just 21 times between Double-A and Triple-A one year after finishing fourth in the Southern League and leading all Dodger minor leaguers in that category...appeared at one game at first base for the 51s...selected to the U.S. Olympic Qualifying Team for the 2004 Summer Games and batted .217 (5-for-23) with three RBI in 12 games (three starts) during the team trials tournament...played for the Estrellas in the Dominican Winter League.
CAREER SUMMARY: The switch-hitting converted catcher enters his fifth season in the Dodger organization...originally drafted as a third baseman out of Wichita State University in June 2000...was named by Sportsticker as one of the Top 20 catching prospects in minor league baseball...reached the big leagues for the first time in his career in 2003 after starting the season at Double-A Jacksonville...made his Major League debut on Sept. 5 at Colorado and registered his first big league hit in his first at-bat, a double off Steve Reed...added to the 40-man roster on Nov. 20, 2002...played for the 2003 USA Olympic Qualifying Trials team in October, his second stint with Team USA...has a .284 batting average with 24 homers and 215 RBI in 438 career minor league games.
Batted .271 with 11 home runs, 25 doubles and 64 RBI in 130 games for Double- A Jacksonville...led all Dodger minor leaguers with 76 walks...topped Jacksonville squad in hits (127), home runs and games played...selected to play in midseason Southern League All-Star Game and slugged a home run in that contest...caught in 117 games...hit .310 (13-for-42) with eight RBI in 10 games as the designated hitter... got season off to a great start by hitting .367 (36-for-98) with four homers, 19 runs scored and 17 RBI in April, getting a hit in 23 of 24 games...enjoyed 16- game hitting streak from April 17-May 4, batting .368 (25-for-68) in that stretch...named SL Hitter of the Week for July 26-Aug. 1, when he batted .611 (11-for-18) with four doubles and seven runs scored...in July 29 doubleheader vs. Mobile, went 6-for-7 with a homer, three doubles and four runs scored, including a 4-for-4 performance in Game 1...had two other four-hit games (April 29 at Tennessee and June 24 vs. Carolina)...blasted a 450-foot homer off the Yankees' Roger Clemens in a Spring Training exhibition contest on March 17 at Vero Beach's Holman Stadium...during the offseason, played 20 games for Arizona Fall League champion Peoria, batting .307 (23-for-75) with five doubles and eight RBI.
Led all Dodger minor leaguers with 150 hits for Single-A Wilmington...also topped club with .301 batting average and 79 RBI...selected to midseason and postseason South Atlantic League All-Star teams...named as a SportsTicker South Atlantic League Star of Stars...played in 93 games behind the plate and served in 41 games as the designated hitter...during April, batted .340 (32-for-94)...in May, hit .360 (36-for-100)...batted .346 (37-for-107) with 18 RBI in August...compiled 41 multi-hit games.
Played in 64 games for Rookie-level Northwest League champion Yakima...saw action at third base, second base, catcher and designated hitter... hit .339 (38-for-112) with 18 RBI in July.
COLLEGE/AMATEUR HIGHLIGHTS: Played three seasons as a starting third baseman for Wichita State University and compiled a .355 batting mark with 186 RBI...the Shockers won Missouri Valley Conference titles all three of those seasons...as a junior in 2000, led the MVC with 102 hits and tied teammate Blake Blasi for the batting title at .391...also collected 22 doubles, 62 RBI and 63 runs scored...named to the all-conference team during his sophomore campaign, batting .347 with 10 homers, 21 doubles and 81 RBI...hit .323 with 17 doubles and 43 RBI as a freshman...played for Team USA in 1999, batting .284 with three homers and 21 RBI as the team's primary second baseman...selected to the U.S. Olympic Qualifying Team for the 2004 Summer Games and batted .217 (5-for-23) with three RBI in 12 games (three starts) during the team trials tournament in October.