Last year, I was pretty rough on Aaron Miles. Sure, he messed up everything he touched, and when he played, he somehow managed to disappoint expectations that were as low as the earth's molten core.
But the thing about Miles last year was that towards the end, he hardly ever actually played. He was supposedly healthy and he still had a year on his contract left, so the Cubs had a guy they were responsible for beyond 2009 and they would never let him on the field for any more than one plate appearance. Mercifully, he didn't start a single game after August 22.
This year, the Cubs new poster boy for utter uselessness is Koyie Hill. The man has a .550 OPS which only sounds good compared to Aaron Miles circa 2009.
If he had enough plate appearances to qualify for the batting title, he would rank as the worst hitter in major league baseball this year. Juan Pierre is over 100 points higher than him. Ryan Theriot is almost 100 points higher. The corpse of Jason Kendall is batting 65 points higher than Hill. Your friend and mine, Cesar Izturis (the guy who was pushed out of Chicago by Ryan Theriot), is at .558.
Maybe he is in for his defense. Except he sucks at that too. He has thrown out 16% of baserunners trying to steal on him. The league average is 28%. He has -.2 dWAR which is another way of saying his defense is actually costing the team wins when compared to the defense of a random AAA call-up.
Maybe the Cubs don't have anyone else for the position. Well, except for Welington Castillo who has only managed to get into 4 games despite having as many homeruns in 12 plate appearances (1) as Hill has in 193 plate appearances. He had an .815 OPS in AAA this year. His overall OPS in the minors is .726. Sure that isn't the definition of awesome, but it is over 150 points better than what Koyie Hill brings to the table.
Castillo has thrown out one of the three baserunners that have tried to steal on him in the majors and has a career caught stealing percentage of 40%.
Why the hell isn't Castillo playing more now that Soto is done for the year?
Koyie Hill isn't Fred McGriff or Moises Alou that veteran managers gave playing time to so they could pad their career stats and maybe get another contract after leaving the Cubs. Mike Quade is supposedly auditioning for his job and he is trotting Koyie Hill out there damn near every day.
Sure, when Castillo actually got in the game, he stabbed Tyler Colvin with his bat. That was bad. But here's the thing - he didn't do it on purpose and he did it while hitting an RBI double. Then he went and added a homerun with his new bat. The only reason Koyie Hill never accidentally breaks his bat and stabs someone with it is because he hardly ever makes contact. If he did, it would almost assuredly have happened on a weak pop-up.
Also, Welington Castillo never just walked away from a live base-runner and allowed him to score.
It just doesn't make any sense unless Koyie has photos of a member of Cubs management doing a Joe Morgan impression.