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Juan Hillman

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Juan Hillman
Name: Juan Maurice Hillman
Born: May 15, 1997 in Haines City, FL
High School: Olympia HS, Orlando
Ht.: 6'2" / Wt.: 200 lbs
Bats: L / Throws: L
Drafted in the 2nd round (59th overall) by the Cleveland Indians in 2015 (signed for $825,000)
In the last three years, Nick Gordon, Jesse Winker and Walker Weickel have all been drafted in the first 55 picks out of Olympia High School. This year, Hillman has a chance to join that group after starring for a team that began the year 25-0. Hillman transferred to Olympia for his sophomore year of high school. He has lived with Gordon since then and Tom Gordon, the former all-star and Nick's father, became his legal guardian. Hillman credits Gordon's tutelage for many of the strides he's made in the last few years. Hillman saw his velocity tick up last summer, as his fastball sat around 90 mph and touched 92. He hasn't pitched with that kind of fastball consistently this spring, more typically sitting 86-89 mph. His breaking ball looked better over the summer, when scouts thought it might develop into a plus offering, but it was inconsistent this spring. His changeup has always been ahead of his curve and earns above-average grades. There remains room for projection in Hillman's 6-foot-2, 180-pound frame, particularly because he didn't turn 18 until May. He has good athleticism, a quick arm and a clean delivery, making it easy to dream on his potential. He is committed to Central Florida.
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