Round Four – Pick #110: Adam Hill
School: University of South Carolina
Height/Weight: 6’6″/225 lbs.
Back-to-back Gamecocks! In the fourth round of the draft, the Mets selected Cortes’ teammate, Adam Hill. In 2018, Hill started in 15 games for South Carolina, compiling a win-loss record of 7-5 and an ERA of 3.99.
Along with Cortes, Hill was also previously selected in the draft. He was selected by the San Diego Padres in the 39th round of the 2015 MLB Draft out of T.L. Hanna High School in South Carolina.
Hill has the looks of a major league pitcher. Standing at 6’6″, he works downhill with pristine arm action. He utilizes three main pitches – fastball, slider, and changeup. Hill’s fastball has a late break and tops out in the mid-90s. His slider sits in the low to mid-80s and has an excellent changeup that is especially effective against left-handed batters.
Hill has the potential to be a quality middle of the rotation starter someday in the majors and has shown this potential with back-to-back 14 strikeout performances in 2018. Scouts agree that he has incredible potential and just needs to show some more consistency, which the Mets believe he will.
As mentioned, the problem with Hill is his inconsistency and several rough patches he has gone through in his collegiate career. If for some reason Hill can’t get more consistent with his outings, we may see him switch from a starter to a reliever.