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Player Profile: Logan Hill

Logan Hill was drafted in the 25th round of the 2015 MLB Amateur Entry draft by the Pittsburgh Pirates.

After leaving Troy University, Hill was assigned to the Short-Season Single-A New York-Penn League, where he would play for the West Virginia Black Bears. Logan put up strong numbers through 60 games, hitting .297, with a .402 on-base percentage and a .479 slugging percentage. The 22-year old would also hit seven home runs, 45 RBIs and draw 28 walks versus just 51 strikeouts.

Our Frank Conti spoke with Logan on our 27 Outs podcast recently. Hill explained he was under the radar for much of his career, and the Pirates were one of the few teams with whom he had an initial dialogue, leading to expectations the Pirates might draft him. Upon talking about his season in the New York-Penn League, and the success he found, Hill said it was “just baseball.” He said the transition was fairly easy from college, as the New York-Penn League is “a pretty college-dominant league.” From a baseball aspect, it was much the same. The traveling was a harder adjustment.

The success in 2015 led to Logan being a mid-season All-Star for West Virginia, as well as MiLB.com NYP player of the month for July. In July, Hill hit .330/.450/.560, including 11 extra-base hits, while stealing six bases. When asked what outfield position he likes playing, Hill expressed his preference for right field, as this was the position he played in college. He played center field in junior college, but an injury has limited his mobility.

Conti, upon asking what it was like putting on that uniform for the first time, Hill explained everything happened so fast. However, reality began to set in, and he got into a groove upon getting his first RBI hit in his first at-bat.

Logan, when asked if he considers himself a power hitter, explained it is something he is working on. He’ll hit the ball hard enough to hit home runs, but says he has more of a low line-ball trajectory, which is why he wants to work in order to get more carry on the ball. Hill also said he has speed to steal bases, but his mobility, and his ability to change direction quickly in the outfield, isn’t what it was prior to the injury.

His first offseason being a tad different from what he’s used to, Hill has said it’s been an adjustment having so much down time; for instance he was told not to start hitting right away. In talking about his offseason strategy, Logan is working on getting stronger, faster and wanting to move better in the outfield. He added that he finds offense more fun, but emphasized putting more of a focus on his defensive tendencies, and overall doesn’t want anything to hold him back as he assimilates into his professional career.

Logan Hill is a solid prospect in the Pittsburgh Pirates’ organization, and he is off to a very successful start. Among the goals he has for himself in 2016 is to have been promoted to the next level by the end of the year. With the way Hill has impressed in his first professional season, and his work-ethic on full display, we at 27 Outs can easily see him achieving this.

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