GlenAllen Hill, Jr., grew up around big-league ballparks with his father, who had a 19-year playing career, 13 seasons in the big leagues, and is now the manager of the Rockies Triple-A Albuquerque franchise. And for the younger Hill the more he was around the game the more he wanted to play professional baseball.
The desire has become a reality. Hil, Jr., turned down a baseball scholarship to Arizona State, instead signing with the Arizona Diamondbacks, who made the shortstop from Santa Cruz, Ca., a fourth-round draft pick and then signed him to a $850,000 bonus, well above the slotted value of $469,000.
Hill's father also turned down a scholarship to Arizona State when he was a ninth-round draft choice of the Toronto Blue Jays out of high school.
Hill Jr., is a 5-9, 170-pound shortstop, a position he began playing a year ago after initially being a center fielder, and a position he hopes to continue to play, despite speculation he will be moved back to the outfield in pro ball.
"I'll be a shortstop as long as I can," he told the Santa Cruz Sentinel. "I love playing it."
Hill was sidelined early in the high school season, but played in the final 20 games, hitting .435 with six doubles, three home runs, 13 RBI, 23 runs scored and a 1.258 OPS. Santa Cruz High School won it's league title.
In Wednesday's Games
AAA Albuquerque (31-41) fell 10 games below .500 for the first time this season in a 10-6 loss to New Orleans (Marlins). Chris Rusin had his second consecutive scoreless appearance out of the bullpen, working two innings. David Holman (1-3, 5.93) started and allowed three runs on four hits and three walks in two innings. He struck out one. DJ Johnson (9.47) gave up five runs while retiring one batter. Sam Hilliard (.263) was 2-for-3, scoring three runs and hitting a three-run home run, his 20th home run of the season, one shy of his career-high of a year ago. Yonathan Daza's 15-game hitting streak ended when he was a late-game replacement. Daza (.377) was 0-1 and hit by a pitch.
AA Hartford (37-30) lost 2-0 to Bowie (Orioles). The Yard Goats were limited to four singles. Jack Wynkoop (5-7, 3.03) allowed two runs on eight hits in eight innings. He did not walk a batter and struck out two.
High A Lancaster (34-34) was off for the All-Star Break. The Cal League South, which included Lancaster players, lost the game 7-1. Jethawks Luis Castros and Sean Bouchard were both 1-for-4. Casey Golden was 0-for-4, Matt Hearn 0-for-3 with a walk, and Ramon Marcelino 0-for-2. Ryan Rollison pitched a perfect inning, striking out two of three hitters he faced.
Low A Asheville (29-41) was off for the All-Star Break. The South Atlantic League South, which included Asheville players, lost 6-2 to the North. Terrin Vavra was 0-for-2, and Willie MacIver was 0-for-1. Alexander Martinez and Jake Bird both pitched a shutout inning in relief. Martinez walked one and struck out one. Bird gave up a single and struck out two.
Short-season A Boise (2-3) won 7-2 against Everett (Mariners). Zach Hall (.143) made his first hit in seven at-bats a big one, delivering a three-run, pinch-hit home run in a five-run inning that included a two-run home run by Ezequiel Tovar (.250). Jesse Stinnett (1-0, 0.00) retired all four batters he faced, striking out three.
Rookie Grand Junction (1-4) lost its home opener, 7-5, to Rocky Mountain (Brewers). The Rockies fell behind 7-0 before making a comeback that fell short. Eddy Diaz (.320) was 3-for-5 with a double, triple, run scored and RBI. Mitchell Kilkenny started and worked a shutout first inning. Blair Calvo (0-1, 6.00) suffered the loss, allowing two runs on four hits and a walk, striking out two in three innings. Alex Achterman (9.82) gave up four runs, one earned, on two hits and a walk, striking out two, in three innings.