Nick Hill '07 Invited To Mariners Spring Training

Nick Hill

Nick Hill

Feb. 4, 2014

WEST POINT, N.Y. – Record-setting pitcher Nick Hill, a 2007 Army graduate, will be at Major League Spring Training when the Seattle Mariners open camp in Peoria, Ariz.

Hill, a seventh round selection by the Mariners in the 2007 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft, is expected to report for his physical Feb. 12 with his first workout the next day.

The highest Major League Baseball drafted player in Army history, Hill will begin his seventh season in professional baseball this month.

A 6-foot, 190-pound left-hander from Knoxville, Tenn., Hill owns a career mark of 13-21 with six saves and a 3.40 earned run average. He has appeared in 172 career games with 21 starts and three complete games.  He allowed just 320 hits and 125 earned runs in 331.1 career innings pitched with 308 strikeouts and only 116 walks.

Hill started his professional career at the Class A level in 2007 where he sported a minute 0.51 ERA in 18 games with a pair of saves. He pitched for both Class A and Class AA in 2008 when he worked 102.1 innings, striking out 76 and walking 39.

A three-time Patriot League Pitcher of the Year winner, Hill threw for the Mariners’ Class AA affiliate, Western Tennessee in 2009 and 2010 and was the West Tennessee Most Valuable Pitcher by the Seattle Mariners in 2009.

Hill, originally drafted by the Boston Red Sox in 2006, battled injuries for two seasons before rebounding in 2013. He began the season in Class AA but was elevated to Tacoma of the Pacific Coast League later in the season and pitched in two games. In total, he threw in 44 games in 2013 with a 2.22 ERA, 48 strikeouts and 24 walks.

Hill was a four-time All-Patriot League selection at Army and played for the USA National Baseball Team in 2006.

He helped Army win the Patriot League Tournament Championship in 2004 and 2005 and competed in a pair of NCAA Regionals.

Hill will wear number 68 when Major League Spring Training opens in Arizona.

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