Red Sox Sign Rich Hill

The Red Sox signed Boston native Rich Hill to a minor league deal and assigned the lefty to Triple A, according to Pawtucket Red Sox radio broadcaster Dan Hoard (via Twitter). Hill, who had been pitching at Triple A Memphis for the Cardinals, could have opted out of his deal with the Cards at the end of May, but agreed to push the opt-out date back a month.

Hill has only made eight relief appearances in his five-year MLB career, but he has been coming out of the 'pen for the Memphis Redbirds this year. He has allowed just 35 hits in 46 innings and has recorded more than one strikeout per frame. As usual, Hill is walking too many hitters (5.9 BB/9). If he lowers his walk rate or the Red Sox need a lefty out of the 'pen, Hill could find himself in a major league uniform again this season.


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14 Comments on "Red Sox Sign Rich Hill"


04Forever
5 years 28 days ago

meh. not bad not good

Threat_Level_RedSox
5 years 28 days ago

Pulling for him cuz he’s he’s a sox fan, god help us if he’s the new Boof bonser.

ELPinchy
5 years 28 days ago

Oh,whats this on the bottom of the barrel…

Wainwrights_Curveball
5 years 28 days ago

Too bad it didn’t work out for Hill here in STL. Best of luck to him in Boston. If he could just figure out his control issues, he could be very good. It’s not too late. ^_^

jayrig5
5 years 28 days ago

He was amazing in 2007. Another young pitcher who regressed completely after being exposed to Larry Rothschild. Lou Piniella crushed his confidence as well (multiple early game hooks and disparaging remarks.) Rich was placed in the worst possible situation to succeed. If I were him, I’d have stayed with Dave Duncan as long as possible, but if he can get back to the bigs, I can’t blame him. All the talent in the world. I wish him well.

Smileybush
5 years 28 days ago

The guy had a lot of talent – but always a 10 cent head. The Cubbie excuses were overflowing for this guy. I think they kept calling him “young” while he was 28. After his 2007 season, he had loads of trade value. They could have gotten Brian Roberts for him – but Tommy Boy Hendry called Hill “untouchable”. Tommy Boy ended up giving him away for nothing a couple of seasons later.

jayrig5
5 years 28 days ago

Yeah, well, the Cubs overvaluing prospects is nothing new, and is a particular specialty of Hendry. Let’s not forget this is the guy who said they wouldn’t trade Felix Pie for Dimaggio.

Fangaffes
5 years 28 days ago

The end of Okajima may be near.

5 years 27 days ago

Theo’s is thinking about an alternative to Okajima. And if . . . and a big IF is this kid could become like JP Howell.

5 years 27 days ago

Theo’s is thinking about an alternative to Okajima. And if . . . and a big IF is this kid could become like JP Howell.

Cyyoung
5 years 28 days ago

I saw him in Fenway with the Orioles, I have never seen balls hit so hard, I still think Bay’s ball is stuck in scoreboard, cannot get it out, embedded. My only thought that night, hope the Yankees sign him. Oh well the kids in Pawtucket will enjoy him, lots of balls in the stands.

5 years 27 days ago

This left hander has a chance to have the most 12-6 breaking balls pounded off the green monster.He is not a good fit in that park. The kid on paper is the real deal . . . but has Rich Hill has shown he is a tremendous disappointment. This is a low risk high reward situation. Too bad the kid can’t play second base. Bring the dude in for the hold in the 7th inning and use him has a defense upgrade in the 8th and 9th. Now that would be a story.So instead the Chowder nation watches Bill Hall.

5 years 27 days ago

This left hander has a chance to have the most 12-6 breaking balls pounded off the green monster.He is not a good fit in that park. The kid on paper is the real deal . . . but has Rich Hill has shown he is a tremendous disappointment. This is a low risk high reward situation. Too bad the kid can’t play second base. Bring the dude in for the hold in the 7th inning and use him has a defense upgrade in the 8th and 9th. Now that would be a story.So instead the Chowder nation watches Bill Hall.

sportsinfo
5 years 25 days ago

A Milton High grad returns home. Hope to see you backi in the bigs soon.