St. Louis Cardinals rookie Matt Carpenter got off to a great start in 2012, taking advantage of playing time received at the expense of the injured Carlos Beltran, Allen Craig, Jon Jay, and Lance Berkman. He's been invaluable, hitting .288/.356/.519 in 104 at-bats while playing four different positions. And, as is typical for the Cards this year, he'll go on the disabled list:
#STLCards with ANOTHER injury: Matt Carpenter to DL with right oblique strain.— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) May 23, 2012
Hill has played one big league game and that was in 2010. In it, he went 1-for-3 with a homer. The farmhand has been a player without a set position. In his first year as a pro, Hill played first base, catcher, and left field. Over the spant of his entire minor-league career, he has also seen playing time at third base and right field. Hill's career minor league hitting line is .287/.338/.516/.855. In 2012, with Memphis, he has hit .257/.303/.471/.774.
This is the part where Hill hits just as well as the guy he's replacing because that's what the Cardinals do.