On this day in 1972 Tyrone Hill was born in Fontana, California. His B-Ref page calls him Ty, so let's pretend we're all on a nickname basis with the 15th overall pick in the 1991 Amateur Draft.
Hill never made it past high A with the Brewers. A highly touted prospect, he was ranked as the #10 prospect in the league by Baseball America in 1993, but had dropped to #54 on the list in 1994. The LHP never panned out.
He pitched 113 innings in 1992 at Beloit and that was the high water mark. There are no stats for him in 1994 and in 1995 he returns to the scene in the Arizona rookie league, so we can assume he injured his arm. After 1994, he pitched just 47.2 innings over three seasons - 1995 and 1996 with the Brewers and then resurfacing in 1998 in Anaheim's system at AA.
With help from the B-Ref Play Index, happy birthday today to:
- 1978 Brewer Randy Stein. He would have turned 60.
- Milwaukee native and UW-Madison alum Red Wilson, who turns 84. Wilson played ten major league seasons as a member of the Tigers and two other teams.
Today is also the 34th anniversary of the Brewers signing pitcher Bob Gibson (the other one) as an amateur free agent. Kyle covered that event in this space last year.