Rich Hill is still having control issues in AAA for the Chicago Cubs

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by chinmusic on Monday 16 June 2008 at 1:12 pm

The Cubs had high hopes for 28-year old lefty starting pitcher Rich Hill but he failed to come through and was demoted to AAA ball after a rough start to the 2008 season. He started 5 games for the Cubs this season and he was 1-0 with a 4.12 ERA and a 1.58 WHIP. He walked 18 batters but only allowed 13 hits in 19.2 innings which indicates that he still had good stuff but he just couldn’t control it. The Cubs sent him to AAA to tighten his control and they were prepared to bring him up quickly but it hasn’t worked out. Hill has started in 6 games in AAA this season and he is 2-3 with a 3.91 ERA and a 1.70 WHIP. He has only allowed 19 hits and he’s whiffed 31 batters in only 25.1 innings in AAA but he has walked 24 batters and that won’t be tolerated by the Cubs’ brass. Hill could be included in a trade soon as another team might be willing to roll the dice to try to get the best out of him. But, the Cubs won’t recall him until he starts throwing strikes consistently.

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