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RICH HILL: Highly Productive, helps team

RICH HILL: Highly Productive, helps team

Rich Hill

PositionPitcher 
Bats: Left, Throws: Left 
                                            Height: 6' 5", Weight: 220 lb.

Born: March 111980 in Boston, MA (Age 36.185)

High School: Milton HS (Milton, MA)
School: University of Michigan (Ann Arbor, MI)
Drafted
 by the Chicago Cubs in the 4th round of the 2002 amateur draft.
Signed July 10, 2002. 
Debut: June 15, 2005 (Age 25.096, 16,297th in MLB history)   vs. FLA 1.0 IP, 3 H, 2 SO, 0 BB, 2 ER
Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 2006 season 
Teams (by GP): Cubs/Indians/RedSox/Orioles/Yankees/... 2005-2016
2016 Contract Status: Signed thru 2016, 1 yr/$6M (16) 

YearWLERAGGSSVIPSOWHIP
2016 Stats 12 3 1.80 17 17 0 95.0 110 0.96
MLB Career Stats 38 26 4.10 218 91 0 595.0 597 1.29

Report generated Monday, September 12, 2016

Pitch Summary
  • Threw fastballs 88-91mph (46% of all pitches)
  • Curveball 73-76 (49%)
  • Changeup 78-86 (2%)
  • Slider 79-81 (1%)
  • 1559 total pitches (65% in the strike zone)
  • Threw 121 of 206 first pitches for strikes (59%)
Last Game
  • LAST GAME ON 09/10/16@MIA
  • Fastball 89-91mph (38 pitches, 43% of total) 
  • Curveball 73-75 (51 pitches, 57% of total)
  • Curveball 73-75 (51 pitches, 57% of total))
  • Threw 89 total pitches (61% in the strike zone)
Last Game Summary
  • walks 0 hits. 9 strikeouts (6 swinging). Threw 13 first-pitches in the strike-zone of 21 total (61%). Faced 5 LHH 16 RHH. Umpire called 3 balls incorrectly as strikes including 1 strike-three

YearTeamLGNPPitch TypeAvg Pitch Speed (mph)Avg Perceived Speed (mph)Avg Spin Rate (rpm)Avg Extension (feet)Avg Exit Velocity (mph)
2016 Dodgers NL 769 Curveball 75.13 73.91 2788.00 5.92 85.94
MLB Avg - - - Curveball 77.99 76.98 2370.00 5.73 87.04
Strengths
  • Great control of fastballs. 
  • Plus control of curve. 
  • Kept first-pitch down 34% of the time (25% was average)
  • -- and when he did batters performed just average hitting 6% (9% is average).
Weaknesses
  • Release points for slider came out 2.40". 
  • Threw first-pitch up often 45% of the time (28% was average)
  • Made mistakes often with his curve - 203 of 773 thrown (26% ; 16% is average)-- and when he did batters did not take advantage hitting only 5% (7% is average).
Patterns
  • Liked to throw curveballs - 49%. Threw first-pitch curveballs much more often than most pitchers at 39%. 
  • Threw strikes on 1-2 counts, throwing balls out of the zone only 39% of the time (53% is average). 0-1 threw curves to RHH 45% (13% is average). 0-1 threw curves to LHH 77% (15% is average). 1-0 threw curves to RHH 46% (7% is average). 1-0 threw curves to LHH 59% (7% is average). 1-1 threw curves to RHH 61% (11% is average). 1-1 threw curves to LHH 80% (13% is average). 1-2 threw curves to LHH 82% (17% is average). 
  • 2-1 threw curves to righties 53% (7% is average).
  • 2-1 threw curves to lefties 72% (8% is average).
  • 2-2 threw curves to righties 68% (12% is average).
  • 2-2 threw curves to lefties 64% (14% is average).
  • 3-0 ALWAYS threw fastballs to righties 99% (86% is average).
  • 3-1 threw curves to righties 25% (1% is average). 3-2 threw curves to righties 87% (6% is average). 3-2 threw curves to lefties 83% (7% is average).
Windup/Stretch
  • From the stretch, located curves 34" more to the catchers left.
Insights
  • Threw pitches inside the strikezone 66% compared to the 59% MLB average. 
  • FB was his most effective pitch - batters hit just 1 when put into play compared to 1 off his least effective pitch - CB. 
  • 0 FB had a big tailing action. 
  • Deceptive fastballs had 30% of swings miss (10% is average). Got good spin on fastballs (16% above MLB average). Threw curves inside to RHH. Threw curves high to RHH. Threw curves high to LHH. Had 1-7 curve break angle (13 deg). Long sweeping curves break length. Got good spin on curves (37% above MLB average). Threw sliders inside to righties. Threw sliders outside to lefties. Threw sliders high to lefties. His slider is one of the slowest at 79.70. Long sweeping slider break length. Threw changeup high to RHH. Threw changeups inside to LHH. Threw changeups high to LHH. He mixed up his changeup velocities broadly, usually by 8.40 mph. His 4-seams were one of the slowest of all pitchers at 89.10. Got good spin on 4-seam (18% above MLB average).

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