Scouting Report: RHP Jeremy Hill

Hill Can Still Bring The Heat

Originally drafted by the Kansas City Royals in the 5th round of the 1996 MLB Draft, Jeremy Hill was traded to the Mets in the Graeme Lloyd deal back in 2003. Since coming over to the Mets, Hill has battled injury problems, including Tommy John surgery. When healthy, Hill is the epitome of a power pitcher. Here is a scouting report on Jeremy Hill.

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Vital Statistics:
Name: Jeremy Hill
Position: Relief Pitcher
DOB: August 8, 1977
Height: 5'11"
Weight: 200
Bats: Right
Throws: Right

To Jeremy Hill, it didn't really matter what level he was pitching at, even though he pitched for three different farm teams in 2005 and was invited to the Arizona Fall League.

Being able to throw without pain was the best gift of all for the 28-year-old Hill, who made an accelerated return from Tommy John surgery to get back on a mound just 10 months after the procedure.

"I think I was a little blessed and lucky," Hill said. "I'd rehabbed with several guys who had this injury right about the same time I did, and they were having setbacks and coming up sore. I really didn't have any of those problems."

Between Class-A St. Lucie, Double-A Binghamton and Triple-A Norfolk, Hill made his way into 28 games, pitching 30.1 innings. He was sent to the AFL, but came home early after a bone spur cropped up in his pitching arm – an injury that's not expected to hamper him for spring training.

"I felt like my arm strength, my velocity and my breaking pitches were all as good as they were before I had the surgery," Hill said.

Though he became a minor league free agent after the season, Hill – who was acquired from Kansas City in the July 2003 trade of Graeme Lloyd – sounds as though he expects to be back in the Mets' system in 2006.

"I'm just hoping that I'm going to be healthy, and no matter where I'm at, I just have to pitch well and compete," Hill said.

Year

Team

W-L

SV

IP

Hits

BB

K

ERA

2005

Norfolk

0-0

0

1.2

1

0

1

0.00

2005

Binghamton

1-3

4

21.0

29

10

20

4.29

2005

St. Lucie

0-0

1

7.2

8

3

5

0.00

2004

Binghamton

2-3

10

32.1

23

19

36

2.23

2003

Binghamton

0-2

0

13.0

14

15

10

10.38



Repertoire. Fastball, Slider.

Fastball. Despite a somewhat small stature, Hill is a power pitcher. Throwing consistently 93-95 MPH, Hill can top off in the high 90's on the radar gun at times. There's no surprise to his game. He steps on the mound throwing gas.

Other Pitches. Hill's only other pitch is a slider. When its on, it serves as his out pitch. He throws it 83-85 MPH and he made huge strides with his slider before the Tommy John surgery in 2004.

Pitching. When he's healthy, Hill pounds the zone with fastballs and keeps hitters honest with a solid slider. Opposing batters know exactly what they're getting when they step into the batter's box and he's got enough juice to throw balls by them. Depending on how his slider is working for him in games, Hill will use either his slider or fastball to get batters out.

Projection. With his stuff, Hill projects to be more of an Armando Benitez type that throws a ton of fastballs and mixes in a good slider. Unlike Benitez however, Hill's not a physically imposing figure and he does have a checkered injury history. As of press time, Hill had yet to be re-signed by the Mets. Hill didn't return to game action until June this past year because of his recovery from Tommy John surgery. The Mets want to keep a close eye on him in Spring Training to see if he has made a full recovery before they re-sign him. If he is re-signed, Hill projects to be a solid setup man out of the bullpen.

ETA. 2006. If the Mets re-sign Hill in Spring Training, he'll find his way into the Norfolk bullpen at some point where he could be plugged into the Mets' bullpen in emergency situations in 2006. As hard as he throws, it will be hard for the Mets to pass on re-signing him. When healthy and in a Mets' uniform, Hill is one of their better relief pitching prospects.

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