Prior to this past September, Rich Hill had not made a start in the majors since 2009. Thanks to a staggering four-start run over the season's final weeks, Hill earned a one-year, $6 million contract with the Athletics and a presumed rotation spot. The lefty baffled opponents during his late-season trial with the Red Sox, striking out 36 batters and walking just five in 29 innings, and becoming the first pitcher in major league history to strike out 10 batters in three consecutive games after making his season debut in September. After years of injury and ineffectiveness, Hill is a risky bet to contribute in standard mixed leagues this year, but on the chance his renaissance is not short-lived, he is worth a late-round pick in those formats.
Hill agreed to a one-year, $6 million contract with the A's on Tuesday, pending a physical, Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports reports. The 35-year-old surprised everyone by allowing just five earned runs in four starts for Boston last season (29 innings), posting a 36:5 K:BB over the final couple weeks. If nothing else, he should prove a valuable innings-eater for Oakland next season, but ideally the team will be able to trade him if his success carries over to the first half. Hill owns a 4.54 ERA and 1.35 WHIP in 500 career innings at the major league level.
Red Sox starting pitcher Rich Hill (2-1) was effective Thursday against the Yankees, giving up two runs on four hits and three walks with six strikeouts in six innings, but he was stuck with the loss. Boston's season may be over, but Hill was startlingly good in his four-start sample after five years away from an MLB rotation. He finishes the season having allowed just five runs on 14 hits and five walks while striking out 36 in 29 innings. That leaves Hill with a 1.55 ERA and 0.66 WHIP, numbers that will give him some sleeper luster deep into next year's drafts if he can secure a rotation spot.
Red Sox starter Rich Hill was dazzling again Friday night, tossing a complete game, two-hit shutout against the Orioles. He walked one and struck out 10. Hill (2-0, 1.17 ERA) was inserted into the Boston rotation on September 13 - making his first major league start since 2006. All he has done is hold opponents to 10 hits in 23 innings while striking out 30 (10 in each start). Opponents are hitting .127 against him and he has a 0.52 WHIP to go with a 1.17 ERA. With a career 4.55 ERA in 200 games (73 starts) it's not likely to last, but enjoy the ride.
Red Sox pitcher Rich Hill picked up the win, throwing seven innings while giving up three earned runs while striking out 10 in Sunday's victory over the Blue Jays. Making his second start of the season, Hill was once again electric, racking up double-digit strikeouts in both of his starts this season. With how well he's pitched in the past two starts, he'll likely continue to pitch through the rest of the Red Sox season.
Red Sox pitcher Rich Hill will start Sunday against the Blue Jays, Pete Abraham of the Boston Globe reports. While Hill held Tampa Bay to just one hit and fanned 10 in seven scoreless innings in his first start of the year, he'll face a much tougher test Sunday in a Blue Jays team that destroys left-handed pitching (.822 combined OPS). To make matters worse, the game is also in Toronto, but Hill still makes for a decent bench stash in deeper formats.