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Brigham Hill

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Brigham Hill
Name: Brigham Jay Hill
Born: Jul 8, 1995 in Nacogdoches, TX
High School: Nacogdoches
College: Texas A&M
Ht.: 5'11" / Wt.: 190 lbs
Bats: R / Throws: R
Drafted in the 5th round (163rd overall) by the Washington Nationals in 2017 (signed for $291,200)
Much to Texas A&M's delight, Hill spurned the A's as a 20th-round pick last year as a sophomore, choosing instead to be a key part of the Aggies' rotation for another season. Hill can carve up college lineups with a two-pitch approach, using his above-average 90-92 mph sinking fastball that touches 94 to set up a plus changeup. It seems to fall off a cliff just as it reaches the plate thanks to excellent late tumble, acting almost like a splitter and getting more swings and misses than most changeups. He has a curveball with modest break as a third pitch and he's messed with a slider in the past, but it's something he rarely uses because his changeup is so effective. Coaches and scouts love Hill's makeup and his moxie. For draft purposes he has a couple of strikes against him--he's had Tommy John surgery already (in 2012), and while he's listed at 6-foot, 5-foot-10 is a more accurate measurement. But Hill, who is close to graduating already, has a pretty solid starter set to be a crafty reliever, and a team that is willing to work with him on developing his breaking ball could try him as a starter.
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