Aug. 11, 2010
CINCINNATI, Ohio - Former Lumberjack all-American Steven Hill has received a call-up from the St. Louis Cardinals and will report to Cincinnati where the team will wrap up a three-game series with the Cincinnati Reds today at 11:30 am CT.
Hill, the 2007 Southland Conference hitter and player of the year, is there to provide insurance until the Cardinals learn how long catcher Jason LaRue will be unavailable after suffering a concussion during Tuesday's bench-clearing brawl with the Reds. Pitcher Jeff Suppan was placed on the 15-day disabled list to create a roster spot for Hill.
The former SFA first baseman and catcher, Hill has been the primary catcher for the Springfield Cardinals - the St. Louis AA affiliate - this season. He was named to the Texas League all-star team this season and is hitting .280 with 22 home runs and 86 RBI in 93 games. He has three home runs in his last three games, including a 3-for-5 day on August 7 at Tulsa that included two homers and six RBI.
While at SFA, Hill was a two-time all-conference selection and became the first Lumberjack ever to earn all-America honors. He hit .387 with 24 homers and 73 RBI in 2007, all single-season records at SFA that still stand. He parlayed that into a 13th round selection by the Cardinals in that season's draft.
Should Hill make an appearance in a game for St. Louis, he would become the first ever Lumberjack player to play in the Major Leagues.