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Rich Hill | Starting Pitcher | #18

Team: Oakland Athletics
Age / DOB:  (36) / 3/11/1980
Ht / Wt:  6'5" / 220
Bats / Throws: Left / Left
College: Michigan
Drafted: 2002 / Rd. 4 (0) / CHC
Contract: view contract details

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Rich Hill was fantastic Tuesday, spinning seven shutout innings while recording eight strikeouts in a 5-1 victory over the Tigers.
Hill used that big, bending curveball to perfection in this one. He gave up only four hits -- all singles -- on the night and walked two. The terrific outing lowered Hill's ERA to 2.42, and he now boasts a 37/9 K/BB ratio over 26 innings. Not bad for a guy who was in independent ball last August. Hill will try to keep it going this weekend against the Astros. Apr 26 - 10:20 PM

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Rich Hill struck out 10 while allowing two runs -- one earned -- over six innings in Thursday's 7-3 win over the Yankees.

The southpaw was feeling it, getting six punchouts with his curve, three more with his fastball and even getting one with a changeup. He did walk four as well while allowing just three hits. It's been a bit of a mixed bag for the 36-year-old through four starts, as he has a nice 3.32 ERA, a less great 1.53 WHIP and a very impressive 29 strikeouts in 19 innings of work. A tough date with the Tigers in Detroit is on tap for Tuesday.
Apr 22 - 12:08 AM

Rich Hill yielded three runs and nine hits in 4 1/3 innings Friday in a loss to the Royals.

Hill also walked three, giving him a 2.77 WHIP for the night. In other words, he was pretty fortunate that the damage to his wasn't worse. He hasn't shown anything since the beginning of the spring that suggests he belongs on mixed-league rosters.
Apr 16 - 2:33 AM

Rich Hill only allowed one run over six quality innings, striking out 10 and getting the win against the Mariners on Saturday.

Hill rebounded after a poor outing on Opening Day and looked like the lefty who dazzled down the stretch in 2015. His curveball was particularly dynamite on Saturday night, as the bender got 10 whiffs on 24 swings. He remains a volatile asset in fantasy leagues, someone who has extreme strikeout potential but has the potential to also lose his job and be a non-factor by mid-summer.
Apr 10 - 12:57 AM

Filling in for Sonny Gray, Rich Hill lasted just 2 2/3 innings and allowed four runs -- two earned -- Monday to take a loss to the White Sox.

It wasn't the best of situations for Hill, who didn't find out he was pitching until today. Still, he was on normal rest after making his final spring start Monday. Though it was Jesse Hahn who got dumped from the rotation, Hill was Oakland's worst starter this spring. He seemed to make some progress last time out, but he still has a ways to go before he'll be a fantasy option.
Apr 5 - 1:18 AM

Rich Hill is starting for the A's on Opening Day against the White Sox.

It was supposed to be Sonny Gray's start, but he had to be scratched because of food poisoning. Hill had a rough spring and probably isn't a good fantasy bet on short notice against a strong White Sox offense.
Apr 4 - 3:51 PM

Rich Hill yielded two runs on two hits over 4 1/3 innings in Wednesday's loss to the Diamondbacks.

It was a decent -- if unspectacular -- start for Hill, who walked three and struck out two on the afternoon. His spring work has left something to be desired on the whole, but he still figures to make the Opening Day rotation. He makes for an unappealing fantasy option for mixed league formats, but in deeper AL-only drafts, his arm could provide rotational depth (if little else).
Mar 30 - 6:41 PM

Rich Hill got torched for five earned runs in four innings Tuesday in a loss to the Rockies.

Hill walked six and surrendered three hits, including a home run to veteran slugger Mark Reynolds. The left-hander has struggled now in all three of his Cactus League starts. He scored a one-year, $6 million free agent contract from the A's over the winter and will open the 2016 season as a member of the Oakland starting rotation, but it's probably best to ignore him in fantasy drafts.
Mar 15 - 7:55 PM

Rich Hill was blasted for seven runs on five hits and three walks over 2 1/3 innings Thursday against the Dodgers.

Five runs scored in the first inning after Hill walked the bases loaded before giving up a bases-clearing double to A.J. Ellis and a two-run homer to Trayce Thompson. He has now walked six batters in his first two spring starts. The southpaw landed a one-year, $6 million deal with Oakland over the winter, but he’s bit of a lottery ticket coming off his strong finish with the Red Sox last season.
Mar 10 - 6:29 PM

Rich Hill walked three and allowed two hits over 1 1/3 innings against the Brewers on Saturday.

Hill, making his debut with the A's, gave up one run while striking out one. The lefty received a one-year, $6 million contract this winter after reviving his career with the Red Sox last year. We'll find out soon enough whether last September's performance (1.55 ERA, 0.65 WHIP, 36/5 K/BB ratio over 29 innings) was an aberration or the beginning of a second coming for the soon-to-be 36-year-old.
Mar 5 - 8:25 PM

Rich Hill turned down a higher offer to sign with the Athletics because they guaranteed him a spot in their starting rotation.

"They’re giving me a chance to make those 32 starts and they seem to be building a decent team as the months go by," said Hill. "It was an opportunity I thought suited me perfectly." Hill said he was also swayed by pitching coach Curt Young, who he worked with in Boston. The 35-year-old compiled a stunning 1.55 ERA in his four starts last year.
Source: Boston Globe
Sat, Dec 26, 2015 09:03:00 PM

Athletics signed LHP Rich Hill to a one-year contract.

The A's signing of Hill was initially reported by Yahoo Sports' Jeff Passan on November 17. The move's official, now. After signing a minor league contract with the Red Sox in mid-August, Hill was called up in September and pitched well in four starts (1.55 ERA, 0.65 WHIP, 36/5 K/BB ratio in 29 innings). The 35-year-old southpaw slots in nicely at the back of the A's rotation.
Fri, Nov 20, 2015 03:48:00 PM

According to Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports, the A's have signed Rich Hill to a one-year, $6 million contract pending a physical.

The Padres and Rays were also showing interest in Hill, but he ultimately lands with the A's. The Red Sox signed the 35-year-old southpaw to a minor league deal in August before calling him up in September. He responded well once reacquainted with the major league mound, pitching to a 1.55 ERA, 0.65 WHIP and 36/5 K/BB ratio over 29 innings (four starts). With the A's, he'll pitch in a park that's much, much more friendly to pitchers than Fenway.
Tue, Nov 17, 2015 09:39:00 PM

According to Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish, the Athletics are in negotiations with free agent pitcher Rich Hill.

Hill was last seen pitching for the Red Sox, who called him up from the minors in September. In four starts, the veteran southpaw held a 1.55 ERA, 0.65 WHIP and 36/5 K/BB ratio in 29 innings. The Padres and Rays are among the other teams that have been rumored to be interested in striking a deal with Hill.
Tue, Nov 17, 2015 07:56:00 PM

Free agent southpaw Rich Hill is expected to make a decision this week on where he'll pitch in 2016.

The Red Sox, with whom he twirled 29 incredible innings to end the season, are not believed to be in the mix for his services. After toiling in the minor leagues for most of the 2015 season, the 35-year-old stands to land a multi-year deal.
Mon, Nov 16, 2015 07:52:00 PM

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