Virgil Hill

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Virgil E. Hill

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Biographical Information[edit]

Virgil Hill reached A ball in 2011. His parents are both Olympic Medalists. Virgil Hill Sr. won a Silver Medal in boxing in the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles and Denean Howard-Hill was a Silver Medalist relay sprinter in the 1988 Olympics in Seoul, South Korea.

Virgil Jr. received instruction at the Urban Youth Academy. He was originally picked by the Florida Marlins in the 28th round of the 2007 amateur draft as a high school shortstop. In the 2008 amateur draft, the Oakland A's chose him in the 35th round. In 2009, he hit .460 with 11 homers and 29 steals to win Junior College All-American honors. The St. Louis Cardinals took him in the 6th round of the 2009 amateur draft, the first outfielder they took that year.

Hill was initially assigned to the GCL Cardinals but struggled at the plate (.216/.324/.321, 58 K in 162 AB). With the 2010 Johnson City Cardinals, he hit .289/.384/.441 then drilled 3 homers in the playoffs to give the team its first Appalachian League title in 34 years. He slumped back in 2011 with the Batavia Muckdogs (.245/.282/.448, 68 K, 9 BB in 207 PA) and Quad Cities River Bandits (.183/.234/.292, 51 K, 7 BB in 129 PA). He tied for second in the New York-Penn League with 6 triples, one behind leader Taylor Lewis. He was 5th in the NYPL in Ks.

Primary Source: 2011 Cardinals Media Guide

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