One of the more under-the-radar prospects in the Detroit Tigers’ farm system, Garrett Hill has really burst onto the scene during this 2019 campaign.
Drafted by the Detroit Tigers in the 26th round of the 2018 draft out of San Diego State University, RHP Garrett Hill has seemingly come out of nowhere to have one of the better seasons among the Tiger’s minor league system.
Hill is a nice surprise for the Detroit Tigers organization, beginning to make some noise in the minors. Like I mentioned about Tarik Skubal, finding hidden gems with later round picks can really speed up this rebuild. The amount of young pitching talent that the Tigers have in their system is unbelievable and is a huge asset going forward.
The 23-year-old started the year off with the Single-A West Michigan Whitecaps, but after 7 starts and cumulating a 1.41 ERA, he got the call up to High-A Lakeland, where he continues to shine. Through his first eight starts in Lakeland, Hill is 2-3 with a 2.45 ERA in 44 IP and 44 strikeouts as well.
He strikes out batters at a decent 9.4 K/9 but what he does really well is limit hard contact. He has some late movement on his fastball which he plays well to his advantage and he compliments that with a hard breaking ball that also has some nice late movement.
I don’t know what’s in the water that the Tigers’ pitching prospects are drinking, but whatever it is, it’s working. It just seems like the Detroit Tigers can throw anyone on the mound in minor league games and they’re going to produce, which certainly isn’t anything to complain about. However, it would sure be nice if we had this type of “problem” with our hitting prospects.