Office Location: College Gymnasium
In 1996, Bobby Hill was drafted in the fifth round by the Anaheim Angels out of Leland
High School in San Jose, CA. Bobby instead chose to attend the University of Miami.
While at the University of Miami, he had a .360 average, became and remains Miami’s
career stolen base leader (139), is 2nd in runs scored (240), and 3rd in career hit
by a pitch. Bobby is also in Miami’s top ten in career hits (253), career walks (166)
and reached base in 97 consecutive games. In 1998 he was a member of the U.S. National
Team, scored a Miami school record 87 runs and had a .404 batting average. Bobby was
privileged to be a part of the 1999 NCAA College World Series helping lead the Hurricanes
to their third National Championship.
In 1999 the Chicago White Sox drafted Bobby in the second round. Bobby played for the Newark Bears of the Atlantic League until he was drafted in the second round and signed by the Chicago Cubs in 2000. While playing with the Chicago Cubs, Bobby was named prospect of the year and made his major league debut in 2002. He remained with the Chicago Cubs organization until 2003 when he was traded to the Pittsburgh Pirates. Bobby played in the major leagues with the Pirates until 2006 when he was traded to the San Diego Padres.
During his 2006 season, while playing with AAA Portland (San Diego), he was selected to play for the Olympic Qualifying Team USA where he led the tournament in hitting with a .522 BA. He re-signed with the Chicago Cubs in 2007.
As a switch hitting infielder Bobby has a Major League career .262 BA, OBP of .343 and a .985 fielding percentage. Displaying his versatility playing second base, shortstop and third base, he achieved success at the Major league level as a starter; utility role player and a pinch hitter that was three hits shy of the Pirates single season pinch-hitting record. Bobby accumulated over seven years of professional baseball experience of which five years are at the major league level. In 2012, Bobby decided to retire from playing professional baseball. However, he will never truly leave “The Show”, continuing his career in a new capacity as head varsity baseball coach at Los Gatos High School in 2012, mentor to aspiring young athletes throughout the Northern California area. In January 2015 Bobby Hill was named Head Coach at Mission College.
Honors and Accomplishments
Freshman of the Year 1996 - University of Miami
First Team All American 1996-1999 - Baseball America
97 Consecutive Games Reached Base - University of Miami
Selected to Team USA in 1998
NCAA College World Series Championship 1999 - University of Miami
Set All-time Stolen Base Record - University of Miami
Golden Spikes Award Finalist -1999
Prospect of the Year 2001- Chicago Cubs
Selected to Minor League All-star Team 2002- AAA Iowa Cubs
Selected to Team USA in 2006 - Olympic Qualifying Team
2011 University of Miami Hall of Fame Inductee
2012 -14 Head Varsity Baseball Coach – Los Gatos High School