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Rich Hill PYankees

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Regular Season Totals
IP ERA WHIP SO W L SV WARP
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Birth Date3-11-1980
Height6' 5"
Weight220 lbs
Age34 years, 8 months, 13 days
BatsL
ThrowsL
0.12010
0.22011
0.32012
0.22013
0.12014
WARP Summary

Standard

YEAR TEAM AGE G GS IP IP-SP IP-RP W L SV BS QS BQS PA H R ER HR TB BB UBB HBP SO ERA FIP FRA VORP WARP
2005 CHN 25 10 4 23.7 15.3 8.3 0 2 0 0 1 0 115 25 24 24 3 40 17 16 1 21 9.13 5.15 5.62 1.2 0.1
2006 CHN 26 17 16 99.3 97.3 2.0 6 7 0 0 8 1 417 83 51 46 16 154 39 38 2 90 4.17 4.63 5.13 9.5 0.8
2007 CHN 27 32 32 195.0 195.0 0.0 11 8 0 0 17 1 812 170 89 85 27 285 63 60 12 183 3.92 4.25 4.66 23.5 2.3
2008 CHN 28 5 5 19.7 19.7 0.0 1 0 0 0 1 0 89 13 9 9 2 22 18 18 1 15 4.12 5.80 6.39 -1.0 -0.1
2009 BAL 29 14 13 57.7 57.3 0.3 3 3 0 0 3 0 275 68 53 50 7 112 40 38 1 46 7.80 5.26 6.12 0.7 0.1
2010 BOS 30 6 0 4.0 0.0 4.0 1 0 0 0 0 0 18 5 0 0 0 5 1 1 0 3 0.00 2.30 3.04 1.3 0.1
2011 BOS 31 9 0 8.0 0.0 8.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 30 3 0 0 0 3 3 3 1 12 0.00 1.56 2.50 2.1 0.2
2012 BOS 32 25 0 19.7 0.0 19.7 1 0 0 0 0 0 83 17 4 4 0 25 11 10 0 21 1.83 2.59 3.48 3.1 0.3
2013 CLE 33 63 0 38.7 0.0 38.7 1 2 0 4 0 0 182 38 30 27 3 50 29 23 2 51 6.28 3.85 3.77 2.1 0.2
2014 ANA 34 2 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0 0 0 1 0 0 4 1 1 1 0 1 3 3 0 0 0.00 0.00 61.18 -1.3 -0.1
2014 NYA 34 14 0 5.3 0.0 5.3 0 0 0 0 0 0 25 6 1 1 0 6 3 2 1 9 1.69 2.03 -0.15 1.8 0.2
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YEAR Team Lg G GS IP FRA FRA+ TAv oppAVG oppOBP oppSLG oppTAv BABIP PPF PVORP PWARP VORP WARP
2002 BOI A- 6 5 14.0 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .341 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2003 LNS A 15 4 29.3 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .280 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2003 BOI A- 14 14 68.3 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .344 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2004 DAY A+ 28 19 109.3 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .296 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2005 CHN MLB 10 4 23.7 5.62 81 .280 .252 .317 .401 .253 .301 103 1.0 0.1 1.2 0.1
2005 PEO A 1 1 8.0 2.33 155 .123 .274 .346 .412 .269 .312 109 3.1 0.3 3.1 0.3
2005 WTN AA 10 10 57.7 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 -.270 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2005 IOW AAA 11 10 65.0 4.10 99 .212 .264 .336 .437 .268 .278 68 16.6 1.5 17.2 1.7
2006 CHN MLB 17 16 99.3 5.13 93 .245 .267 .325 .428 .258 .248 98 10.3 1.0 9.5 0.8
2006 IOW AAA 15 15 100.2 2.29 149 .175 .262 .328 .400 .259 .273 98 36.4 3.6 36.8 3.6
2007 CHN MLB 32 32 195.0 4.66 104 .240 .260 .322 .412 .252 .271 102 25.4 2.5 23.5 2.3
2008 CHN MLB 5 5 19.7 6.39 74 .255 .256 .322 .409 .255 .208 108 -0.2 -0.0 -1.0 -0.1
2008 DAY A+ 3 3 12.3 5.16 97 .254 .246 .319 .352 .246 .364 109 0.6 0.1 0.6 0.1
2008 IOW AAA 7 7 26.0 7.33 61 .292 .268 .338 .427 .257 .295 105 -0.7 -0.1 -0.2 -0.0
2008 CUB Rk 3 3 9.3 5.59 81 .215 .264 .361 .371 .268 .238 97 1.1 0.1 1.1 0.1
2009 BAL MLB 14 13 57.7 6.12 77 .298 .266 .332 .428 .264 .337 104 1.2 0.1 0.7 0.1
2009 FRD A+ 1 1 3.0 2.30 152 .074 .268 .352 .430 .277 .143 107 1.2 0.1 1.2 0.1
2009 NOR AAA 3 3 13.3 5.21 85 .182 .263 .331 .382 .247 .143 101 0.6 0.1 0.6 0.1
2010 BOS MLB 6 0 4.0 3.04 141 .218 .256 .318 .398 .246 .357 116 1.3 0.1 1.3 0.1
2010 MEM AAA 23 4 46.0 7.11 54 .262 .271 .345 .430 .264 .265 97 -2.5 -0.2 -2.8 -0.3
2010 PAW AAA 19 6 53.0 4.42 96 .236 .263 .330 .412 .254 .307 91 0.2 0.0 0.2 0.0
2011 BOS MLB 9 0 8.0 2.50 149 .139 .257 .322 .403 .258 .214 110 2.1 0.2 2.1 0.2
2011 PAW AAA 10 0 16.0 3.52 114 .185 .252 .327 .390 .254 .189 92 2.7 0.3 2.7 0.3
2012 BOS MLB 25 0 19.7 3.48 126 .242 .252 .319 .410 .263 .333 106 3.1 0.3 3.1 0.3
2012 GRN A 2 2 2.0 1.07 181 .181 .273 .350 .397 .273 .667 117 1.9 0.2 1.9 0.2
2012 SLM A+ 3 3 4.0 0.94 181 .121 .254 .325 .364 .270 .200 100 2.7 0.3 2.7 0.3
2012 PME AA 1 0 1.0 2.20 154 .190 .260 .321 .365 .249 .333 108 0.3 0.0 0.3 0.0
2012 PAW AAA 8 0 8.0 3.99 106 .173 .263 .335 .393 .256 .125 97 0.6 0.1 0.6 0.1
2012 RSX Rk 2 1 1.3 10.01 16 .167 .236 .294 .315 .234 .000 112 0.4 0.0 0.4 0.0
2013 CLE MLB 63 0 38.7 3.77 110 .278 .260 .324 .404 .268 .361 97 2.1 0.2 2.1 0.2
2014 ANA MLB 2 0 0.0 61.18 -1216 .603 .207 .334 .317 .277 1.000 104 -1.3 -0.1 -1.3 -0.1
2014 NYA MLB 14 0 5.3 -0.15 204 .270 .253 .314 .377 .256 .500 100 1.8 0.2 1.8 0.2
2014 PAW AAA 25 0 39.0 3.01 127 .222 .262 .332 .387 .252 .299 92 7.5 0.8 7.5 0.8
2014 SWB AAA 4 0 4.0 -1.92 240 .139 .276 .346 .421 .266 .400 107 3.9 0.4 3.9 0.4

Statistics For All Levels

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Year Team Lg W L SV G GS IP H BB SO HR GB% BABIP H/9 BB/9 HR/9 K/9 WHIP ERA VORP WARP
2002 BOI A- 0 2 0 6 5 14.0 15 14 12 0 0% .341 9.6 9.0 0.0 7.7 2.07 8.36 0.0 0.0
2003 BOI A- 1 6 0 14 14 68.3 57 32 99 5 0% .344 7.5 4.2 0.7 13.0 1.30 4.35 0.0 0.0
2003 LNS A 0 1 0 15 4 29.3 14 36 50 0 0% .280 4.3 11.1 0.0 15.4 1.71 2.76 0.0 0.0
2004 DAY A+ 7 6 0 28 19 109.3 88 72 136 9 0% .296 7.2 5.9 0.7 11.2 1.46 4.03 0.0 0.0
2005 IOW AAA 6 1 0 11 10 65.0 53 14 92 11 49% .278 7.3 1.9 1.5 12.7 1.03 3.60 17.2 1.7
2005 PEO A 1 0 0 1 1 8.0 5 0 12 0 56% .312 5.6 0.0 0.0 13.5 0.62 1.12 3.1 0.3
2005 CHN MLB 0 2 0 10 4 23.7 25 17 21 3 39% .301 9.5 6.5 1.1 8.0 1.77 9.13 1.2 0.1
2005 WTN AA 4 3 0 10 10 57.7 42 21 90 9 0% -.270 6.6 3.3 1.4 14.0 1.09 3.28 0.0 0.0
2006 IOW AAA 7 1 0 15 15 100.2 62 21 135 3 48% .273 5.6 1.9 0.3 12.1 0.83 1.80 36.8 3.6
2006 CHN MLB 6 7 0 17 16 99.3 83 39 90 16 33% .248 7.5 3.5 1.4 8.2 1.23 4.17 9.5 0.8
2007 CHN MLB 11 8 0 32 32 195.0 170 63 183 27 39% .271 7.8 2.9 1.2 8.4 1.19 3.92 23.5 2.3
2008 IOW AAA 2 4 0 7 7 26.0 22 28 32 4 42% .295 7.6 9.7 1.4 11.1 1.92 5.88 -0.2 -0.0
2008 CHN MLB 1 0 0 5 5 19.7 13 18 15 2 36% .208 5.9 8.2 0.9 6.9 1.58 4.12 -1.0 -0.1
2008 DAY A+ 1 2 0 3 3 12.3 12 11 14 0 36% .364 8.8 8.0 0.0 10.2 1.87 8.05 0.6 0.1
2008 CUB Rk 1 1 0 3 3 9.3 5 5 11 0 71% .238 4.8 4.8 0.0 10.6 1.08 2.90 1.1 0.1
2009 NOR AAA 1 1 0 3 3 13.3 5 9 14 1 45% .143 3.4 6.1 0.7 9.5 1.05 1.35 0.6 0.1
2009 FRD A+ 0 1 0 1 1 3.0 1 0 3 0 57% .143 3.0 0.0 0.0 9.0 0.33 3.00 1.2 0.1
2009 BAL MLB 3 3 0 14 13 57.7 68 40 46 7 35% .337 10.6 6.2 1.1 7.2 1.87 7.80 0.7 0.1
2010 MEM AAA 4 3 0 23 4 46.0 35 30 47 5 44% .265 6.8 5.9 1.0 9.2 1.41 4.30 -2.8 -0.3
2010 PAW AAA 3 1 0 19 6 53.0 45 29 55 3 49% .307 7.6 4.9 0.5 9.3 1.40 3.74 0.2 0.0
2010 BOS MLB 1 0 0 6 0 4.0 5 1 3 0 57% .357 11.2 2.2 0.0 6.8 1.50 0.00 1.3 0.1
2011 PAW AAA 1 0 1 10 0 16.0 8 5 18 1 47% .189 4.5 2.8 0.6 10.1 0.81 1.12 2.7 0.3
2011 BOS MLB 0 0 0 9 0 8.0 3 3 12 0 36% .214 3.4 3.4 0.0 13.5 0.75 0.00 2.1 0.2
2012 PME AA 0 0 0 1 0 1.0 1 0 1 0 33% .333 9.0 0.0 0.0 9.0 1.00 0.00 0.3 0.0
2012 BOS MLB 1 0 0 25 0 19.7 17 11 21 0 43% .333 7.8 5.0 0.0 9.6 1.42 1.83 3.1 0.3
2012 PAW AAA 1 0 0 8 0 8.0 3 2 10 1 53% .125 3.4 2.2 1.1 11.2 0.62 1.12 0.6 0.1
2012 SLM A+ 0 0 0 3 3 4.0 1 1 8 0 100% .200 2.2 2.2 0.0 18.0 0.50 0.00 2.7 0.3
2012 GRN A 0 0 0 2 2 2.0 2 0 5 0 67% .667 9.0 0.0 0.0 22.5 1.00 4.50 1.9 0.2
2012 RSX Rk 0 1 0 2 1 1.3 0 2 3 0 100% .000 0.0 13.5 0.0 20.2 1.50 13.50 0.4 0.0
2013 CLE MLB 1 2 0 63 0 38.7 38 29 51 3 44% .361 8.8 6.8 0.7 11.9 1.73 6.28 2.1 0.2
2014 PAW AAA 3 3 2 25 0 39.0 29 17 45 0 51% .299 6.7 3.9 0.0 10.4 1.18 3.23 7.5 0.8
2014 SWB AAA 0 0 0 4 0 4.0 2 1 10 0 80% .400 4.5 2.2 0.0 22.5 0.75 0.00 3.9 0.4
2014 ANA MLB 0 0 0 2 0 0.0 1 3 0 0 0% 1.000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.00 0.00 -1.3 -0.1
2014 NYA MLB 0 0 0 14 0 5.3 6 3 9 0 42% .500 10.1 5.1 0.0 15.2 1.69 1.69 1.8 0.2

Plate Discipline

YEAR PITCHES ZONE_RT SWING_RT CONTACT_RT Z_SWING_RT O_SWING_RT Z_CONTACT_RT O_CONTACT_RT SW_STRK_RT
2008 336 0.5030 0.3522 0.8475 0.5266 0.1737 0.8539 0.8276 0.1525
2009 1104 0.5389 0.3976 0.8519 0.5597 0.2083 0.9009 0.6981 0.1458
2010 72 0.5833 0.4028 0.8966 0.5714 0.1667 0.9167 0.8000 0.1034
2011 130 0.6308 0.3846 0.6200 0.4878 0.2083 0.7500 0.1000 0.3800
2012 346 0.6012 0.3960 0.8175 0.4952 0.2464 0.8835 0.6176 0.1825
2013 770 0.4974 0.3844 0.7432 0.5065 0.2636 0.8196 0.5980 0.2500
2014 114 0.4211 0.3421 0.6410 0.5000 0.2273 0.7083 0.5333 0.3590
Career28720.53170.38590.80040.52850.22340.85740.64570.1969

Injury History

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2014-07-26 2014-08-02 Minors 7 0 - Not Disclosed -
2012-06-09 2012-09-01 60-DL 84 75 Left Forearm Strain Flexor Pronator Mass - -
2012-03-26 2012-04-27 15-DL 32 18 Left Elbow Recovery From Surgery Tommy John Surgery 2011-06-09 -
2011-06-02 2011-09-29 60-DL 119 106 Left Elbow Surgery Tommy John Surgery 2011-06-09
2009-07-28 2009-10-05 60-DL 69 64 Left Shoulder Surgery Labrum 2009-08-07
2009-03-29 2009-05-16 15-DL 48 36 Left Elbow Strain -
2009-03-01 2009-03-29 Camp 28 0 Left Elbow Stiffness with Mild Swelling -
2008-09-01 2008-10-05 15-DL 34 24 Low Back Strain -
2008-08-31 2008-09-01 Minors 1 0 - Back Strain - -
2008-08-01 2008-08-31 Minors 30 0 - Back Strain - -
2008-06-22 2008-07-16 Minors 24 0 Left Lower Leg Strain Calf - -
2008-05-17 2008-05-30 Minors 13 0 Low Back Strain -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2014 BOS $
2013 CLE $1,000,000
2012 BOS $725,000
2009 BAL $445,000
2008 CHN $445,000
2007 CHN $400,000
YearsDescriptionSalary
7 yrPrevious$3,015,000
7 yrTotal$3,015,000

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
6 y 37 dLevinsons ACES1 year (2014)

Details
  • 1 year (2014). Signed by Boston as a free agent 2/1/14 (minor-league contract). May opt out of contract if not on Major League roster 5/15/14. Contract selected after being acquired by LA Angels in trade from Boston 7/1/14. DFA by LA Angels 7/5/14. Released by LA Angels 7/9/14. Signed by NY Yankees as a free agent 7/16/14 (minor-league contract). Contract selected by NY Yankees 8/5/14. DFA by NY Yankees 8/29/14. Sent outright to Triple-A 9/1/14. Contract selected by NY Yankees 9/2/14.
  • 1 year/$1M (2013). Signed by Cleveland as a free agent 2/7/13 (minor-league contract). Salary of $1M in majors. Contract selected by Cleveland 3/11/13.
  • 1 year/$0.725M (2012). Re-signed by Boston as a free agent 12/30/11 (minor-league contract). Salary of $0.725M in majors. May opt out in spring if not on major-league roster. Contract purchased by Boston 2/21/12. Non-tendered by Boston 11/30/12.
  • 1 year (2011). Signed by Boston as a free agent 1/31/11 (minor-league contract). Contract purchased by Boston 5/5/11. Non-tendered by Boston 12/12/11.
  • 1 year (2010). Signed by St. Louis as a free agent 1/26/10 (minor-league contract). $0.575M salary in majors (opted out). Signed by Boston as a free agent 6/30/10 (minor-league contract). Contract purchased by Boston 9/13/10. Sent outright to Triple-A by Boston 10/8/10.
  • 1 year/$0.445M (2009). Acquired by Baltimore in trade from Chicago Cubs 2/2/09. Signed by Baltimore 3/8/09. Sent outright to Triple-A by Baltimore 10/30/09.
  • 1 year/$0.445M (2008). Re-signed by Chicago Cubs.
  • 1 year/$0.4M (2007). Re-signed by Chicago Cubs 3/07.
  • 1 year (2006). Re-signed by Chicago Cubs 3/06.
  • 1 year (2005). Contract purchased by Chicago Cubs 6/05.
  • Drafted by Chicago Cubs 2002 (4-112) (Michigan). $0.302M signing bonus.

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Platoon

SORT_FIELD PLATOON AVG OBP SLG TAv
10 vs L (Multi) .226 .361 .319 .257
11 vs R (Multi) .275 .372 .374 .276
18 Split (Multi) -.049 -.011 -.056 -.019
19 LgAvg (Multi) -.026 -.032 -.063 -.030
30 vs L (2013) .238 .375 .321 .269
31 vs R (2013) .281 .390 .359 .286
38 Split (2013) -.043 -.015 -.038 -.016
39 LgAvg (2013) -.025 -.031 -.062 -.029

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BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2012-06-13 12:00:00 (link to chat)what do you think will eventually happen with daniel bard?
(mike from cambridge)
It's hard to say - he's clearly got talent, but that's not always enough. I'm reminded of Rich Hill, who had one amazing season and then utterly lost it the season after that. Now, Bard being another Rich Hill is unlikely, but it is possible. We'll have to wait to see how it plays out. (Colin Wyers)
2010-03-17 14:00:00 (link to chat)Cardinals pitching prospect Jaime Garcia has looked downright evil this spring, but doesn't seem to be in serious consideration for the rotation, which definitely has a vacancy. What's going on, Christina? Flash-in-the-pan syndrome? Justifiable desire to hold the workload down for a TJ survivor? Or a noxious manifestation of Dave Duncan's aversion to working with young pitchers, particularly starters?
(Bill from New Mexico)
Hi Bill, always a pleasure to see you on the boards... I think it's very much a matter of politburo-style turnitis, in that it isn't his turn yet. He's having a great camp, he's coming back from injury, and especially because of April scheduling, I could see him spending the first month or two getting regular starts for Memphis. By June, we'll know if McClellan's calling for reinforcements (inevitable, if you ask any Civil War buff), or if Rich Hill's redeemable and that's just in the fifth spot. Duncan's deserved reputation or no, I'm just not that wild on bets that Kyle Lohse and Brad Penny will be totally fine, so I think Garcia's going to be put to work at some point this season. (Christina Kahrl)
2009-06-25 13:00:00 (link to chat)From among Beresen, Hill and Berked in the Orioles' rotation, which do you think will perform the best long term?
(TGisriel from Baltimore)
Still a big Rich Hill believer, and he's the only one of the three that misses a lot of bats. (Joe Sheehan)
2009-02-16 14:00:00 (link to chat)Over, under, or even: Rich Hill wins 5 games for Baltimore in 2009?
(Jack from Baltimore)
Under. (Kevin Goldstein)
2009-02-11 14:00:00 (link to chat)Two pitchers that many had pegged for positive growth (if not breakouts) last season, were Ian Snell and Rich Hill. Do you see bounce-backs for either of them in 2009, or is mediocrity all that can be hoped for?
(Joe from Brooklyn)
I think the change of scenery will help Hill. Snell is a hard guy to figure, talented but flighty. He could literally win 18 games this season or wind up in Indianapolis. (John Perrotto)
2008-11-19 13:00:00 (link to chat)Any chance for Rich Hill to ever turn it around? What happened?
(Jake from Chicago)
Has anyone come back from Steve Blass Syndrome? (Will Carroll)
2008-07-25 14:00:00 (link to chat)Joe, what happened to Rich Hill, and when/where will he be spotted again?
(Eric from MD)
He insists it's not mental, just mechanical. I doubt we'll see him in the majors this season, even as a September call-up, and I think his next MLB appearance will be with a team other than the Cubs. Medium term, I like the talent and I think he'll pitch well again. (Joe Sheehan)
2008-06-26 13:00:00 (link to chat)I like the potential trade series. How realistic do you think the following scenario could be: Jays send AJ Burnett and one of Shannon Stewart / Brad Wilkerson to the Cubs for Rich Hill and Matt Murton? Can that be a great way to kill 4 birds with one stone, or what?
(rawagman from TO)
In making such a deal, the Cubs would make themselves measurably worse. I say go for it! (Dayn Perry)
2008-06-27 14:00:00 (link to chat)Given that Theriot's performance has likely entrenched him in the starting lineup, and Ronny Cedeno's performance seemingly has him getting the lion-share of middle infield spot starts, what is Mike Fontenot's use now? Does he have any value in a trade? He seems like he could possibly bring the offensive value of Mark Derosa if he got the playing time. Also, what does Rich Hill have to do in order to return to the majors? Change teams?
(mlapointe from chicago)
Fontenot's getting starts at second with DeRosa moving out to left in the positional wheel that Piniella has been employing whenever his roster's Soriano-free, and it works pretty nicely. Add in that it means that he's got a bench player kept sharp with a goodly amount of playing time, and it makes for a better stabbity to go after the opposition with when he's back to pinch-hitting. And if Theriot or Cedeno or DeRosa goes down, it's a happier thing to be the team that still has Fontenot. He'd make for a mediocre regular, and while that might make him wealthy, I think it's more useful to keep him on this roster, especially as the lefty alternative to the righty-hitting Reed Johnson off of the bench.

Hill... it's a gut-wrenching thing to see a guy's control just go away like that. I'd trade for him, but I'm not sure the Cubs can afford to trust him until he gives Iowa a good month or so. It's interesting that Will brought up the Cubs in today's lead article about dealing for Sabathia--I would think that Hill would make a pretty important piece in such a swap, although it would be a bit risky to have both Cliff Lee and Hill in the same rotation. That would be sort of a southpaw roller-coaster ride that would require splatter shielding to protect bystanders. (Christina Kahrl)
2008-06-24 13:00:00 (link to chat)Rich Hill in pinstripes?
(Vito from NY)
I've thought a lot about that. He's at the project stage right now, but the upside is high. ...Now my son (2) is crying. (Steven Goldman)
2008-06-23 12:00:00 (link to chat)Hi John, have you heard if any other teams are interested in Rich Hill? I am curious if his trade value is higher or lower than Sean Marshall's. Thanks.
(Guancous from Silver Spring, MD)
I think a small-market club would be perfect for Hill. He's got an awful lot of talent but it's clear that he has lost the faith of Lou Piniella. Put him in a low-pressure environment and he could easily put his career back together. Yes, I think Hill has more value than Marshall simply because he has a higher ceiling, though I also think Marshall has a chance to be a good major-league starter. (John Perrotto)
2008-06-23 12:00:00 (link to chat)How strange is the saga of Rich Hill this season? While perhaps not unprecedented, this whole situation just seems like one of the more bizarre collapses I can ever recall a successful starting pitcher experiencing.
(Brent from Raleigh)
It's very strange. Again, Lou Piniella is a demanding manager and some guys get psyched out by him. I think Rich Hill is still a very good bet to have a good career. He just needs to get in a differet environment. (John Perrotto)
2008-06-23 12:00:00 (link to chat)Over the weekend, Rich Hill failed to make it out of the first inning - IN IOWA. He even had a throwing error over to first base. Who broke Rich Hill? Can anyone fix Rich Hill?
(theguag from Louisville)
I think he's fixable, just somewhere other than the Cubs. If I ran a club, I'd love to get my hands on him, especially if I could buy low right now. (John Perrotto)
2008-06-20 13:30:00 (link to chat)Let's go worst-case scenario and say Big Z is out for the year. Should the Cubs trade for A.J. Burnett (or whoever) or give Hill and/or Marshall another shot?
(Stephen from Louisville)
Rich Hill is something like the 25th-best starter in the National League. I have no idea what he did to Lou Piniella, but he can take Zambrano's place with minimal loss in value. (Joe Sheehan)
2008-06-20 13:30:00 (link to chat)What are the trade values for Rich Hill and Felix Pie and should/would the Cubs move them?
(theguag from Louisville)
Their trade values have been crushed by the organization. They shouldn't trade them, they should play them. (Joe Sheehan)
2008-06-03 13:00:00 (link to chat)You mentioned that you'd like to see the Cubs get another mid-level starter before the deadline. What's your take on Rich Hill maybe being that guy?
(Al from Montreal)
I wish it could be him. At this point, he's a long way away from returning. He can't seem to find his command and that's a big problem. (Len Kasper)
2008-05-20 13:00:00 (link to chat)Three questions: 1) For my Cubs lovin' wife, are the Northsiders for real? They've done well so far, but what are their big questions down the stretch? 2) Is there any light at the end of the Andruw Jones tunnel, or is that the sound of a diesel locomotive? 3) Joe Torre: great manager, or *greatest* manager? Seriously, look at Friday's Dodgers lineup: how could he expect to win?
(scareduck from Still closer to Angel Stadium than Chavez Ravine)
Cubs: for real. Their run differential is the best in all of baseball by a wide margin, and I don't see any of the other NL Central teams being able to hang with them. I think the big questions are whether Rich Hill rediscovers his control and returns to the rotation, and whether Kerry Wood can hold up as the team's closer. Barring injuries, I think they'll be OK, and even with those injuries, they have a bit of depth to either cover from within or make a trade to help themselves out.

Andruw: lots of questions about him today. The upside of his injury is that it may explain some of his struggles, it may force him to get back in shape as he rehabs, and it will give Dodger fans a bit of relief when it comes to the daily drama of the outfield lineup.

Torre: Furcal being hurt certainly takes a bite out of that lineup. But really, Torre's going to have to get over this Russell Martin-at-3B fetish, even though it's only been a total of 37 innings he's played there. It's fine to give him a breather now and then, but when you're stealing at-bats from DeWitt or LaRoche to give them to Gary Bennett, something is definitely wrong. (Jay Jaffe)
2008-05-05 12:30:00 (link to chat)With nearly two-third of the season gone, what's your opinion of the compacted schedule? Do you see any teams with advantages or disadvantages in May because of how they built their non-league slate?
(BL from Bozeman, MT)
Well, the compacted schedule was sort of inherently flawed in my mind from the beginning. How exactly did a Feb 22 start date help Michigan? If the season had opened three weekends earlier, they might have won a couple more weekends and had a better chance at regionals. It's not as if they were able to play outdoors in Ann Arbor any sooner. However, I do like what this has done to philosophy, and how coaches are being forced to use pitching staffs. One subplot of that I'd point to is USD coach Rich Hill's usage of Kyle Blair and Sammy Solis -- almost mixing and matching them versus different opponents. Of course, four legit starting pitchers gives you options like that. (Bryan Smith)
2008-04-15 13:00:00 (link to chat)What is going on with Rich Hill, how does this affect his PECOTA?
(tschiera from Brooklyn)
Mechanically, he's pitching uphill and has apparently lost his release point. I have to think there's something more going on there, because that should be relatively easy to correct. Lou has his doghouse and maybe Hill did something to get in there. I'd guess that Hill gets back into the rotation after only a short time. (Will Carroll)
2008-02-25 12:00:00 (link to chat)Bryan, what in the world happened to Brian Matusz this weekend?
(Steve from North Dakota)
A couple questions on this. To me, the most concerning thing from Brian Matusz' start were the four walks he allowed in 4.2 innings. I mean, look, some starts the balls are going to find their holes and you're going to allow 8 hits like that. And even a guy like Nick Romero for SDSU, a very good player, will sometimes hit a home run off an All-American like Matusz. But the walks are a problem that we haven't seen much from the polished southpaw. Big weekend ahead for the Torreros as they host a good tournament, so I might try and get a more thorough answer from Rich Hill before my Thursday article. (Bryan Smith)
2008-01-25 13:30:00 (link to chat)How much wood would a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood? Followup question: Would you rather have Rich Hill for the next four years, or Erik Bedard for the next two?
(Rob from Bloomington, IL)
Depends on what else you have and at what part of cycle your team is on, but generally speaking I'd take Hill for 4. (Dan Fox)


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Rich Hill has thrown 4,678 pitches that have been tracked by the PITCHf/x system between 2007 and 2014, including pitches thrown in the MLB Regular Season, the MLB Postseason and Spring Training. In 2014, he has relied primarily on his Curve (76mph) and Sinker (91mph), also mixing in a Fourseam Fastball (92mph) and Slider (81mph).