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Thursday, December 15, 2016

Lew Hill, Tie Game - 23

Originally published Jan. 12, 2015
Albany-Colonie starter Andy Pettitte was trailing in this April 1994 game and his designated hitter Lew Hill helped change that, according to The Schenectady Daily Gazette.

With the AA Yankees down 6-5, Hill knocked a single, tying the game. Hill's team would soon take the lead and the future big league star Pettitte would get the win.

Hill was in his eighth professional season that year. Hill, though, was not a future major leaguer. He made it to AAA the next season, but he never made the bigs.

Hill's career began in 1987, taken by the Yankees in the ninth round of the draft out of Collinwood High School in Ohio.

Hill played his first year between short-season Oneonta and the rookie Gulf Coast League. He hit .203 in 45 games.

He returned to the GCL in 1988, then to Oneonta in 1989. He hit .213 in 48 games at Oneonta in 1989.

Hill moved to single-A Greensboro for 1990. He hit just .196, stealing 19 bases. He also returned to Greensboro the next two seasons.

At Greensboro in 1992, he got his average all the way up to .313. He stole 24 bases and hit 15 home runs.

It was high-A Prince William for 1993. He hit .250, with 13 home runs. He knocked in two runs on a double in an August game.

Hill then made AA Albany-Colonie in 1994. He went 2 for 3 in an August game. He then went 2 for 2, knocking in two in an early September game. He hit .230 on the year.

Hill made it all the way to AAA Columbus in 195, but he only got into 54 games. He hit .271, but it was his final season as a pro.

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