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Milwaukee Brewers showing interest in Rich Hill, per report

The veteran lefty would be a solidifying force in the Brewers’ starting rotation

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As the Brewers finalize the signing of Kolten Wong, there is a report suggesting the Milwaukee is interested in another free agent. This time it is starting pitcher Rich Hill.

The veteran left-hander posted a 3.03 ERA with a 3.99 FIP across 38.2 innings last year with the Twins. Hill has been a very good pitcher since 2016 where he put up a 2.12 ERA and 2.39 FIP. In 2019, he pitched well in limited time due to multiple injuries (2.45 ERA across 58.2 innings). In fact injuries are the southpaw’s achilles heel. Rich Hill has had tremendous difficulty staying on the field throughout his career.

Hill turns 41 in March, but he would be a veteran left-handed presence on a Brewers’ pitching staff that needs one. When he is healthy, he is quite good. Even at his age, Rich Hill can still get it done. One of the reasons for this is that he possess elite level spin rates on his fastball and curveball.

Rich Hill MLB percentile rankings
Baseball Savant

As you can see, he is able to reduce hard hits balls as a result. His 2020 numbers are not as strong as 2019, but as we know 2020 was not the year to point to when trying to understand a players ability. If the 2021 version of Rich Hill can approach this 2019 version, he will be a wonderful signing for the Brewers. That is, if they can get him.

Baseball statistics courtesy of Fangraphs and Baseball Savant