|Report Date:||March 4th, 2018|
Holding Charleston Southern hitless over seven innings as Hill did last weekend is one thing, but it’s quite another to silence the bats of rival Clemson. Pitching in front of a home crowd on Friday, Hill held the Tigers to just two runs on two hits, striking out 14 and walking two in route to a South Carolina victory.
Tall and lean at 6’5” and 225 pounds, Hill looks the part of a major league pitcher with additional room to develop. Hill leverages his height, working downhill with clean arm action and a mid-3/4 arm slot to pound the zone with three pitches. Sitting 93-to-95 mph with sinking action and occasional arm-side tail, Hill commands his fastball to either side of the plate in the lower quadrants of the zone. His tight, late breaking slider is a low-80s swing-and-miss pitch, and looks like a future plus offering. Hill showed advanced feel for his changeup in the outing, potentially giving him a third pitch that grades out as at least above average. Thrown with deceptive arm-speed in the upper-80s, the changeup is firm with arm-side fade, though he could stand to gain more separation from his fastball velocity.
Though Hill neutralized Clemson left-handers with his changeup throughout the night, one of his few mistakes was a changeup left up and over the plate that Seth Beer punished for a home run in the sixth inning. Despite that hiccup, Hill showed resilient composure the following inning, striking out the side in his seventh and final inning, before fist pumping his way back to the dugout. With MLB Draft is three months away, Hill is the hottest pitcher in the country and his stock could rise into Day One territory with continued dominant performances.