Tim Hill

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Timothy James Hill

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Tim Hill was a 32nd-round pick by the Kansas City Royals in the 2014 amateur draft. Obviously a long shot to make it to the majors, he beat the odds by making the Royals' roster out of spring training in 2018 after three minor league seasons, while missing all of 2015 with an injury. The Royals used him exclusively as a reliever in the minors, training him for a future role as a major league LOOGY, taking advantage of his submarine delivery, as after picking up 8 saves with the Lexington Legends in the South Atlantic League in 2014, he had very few decisions the following two seasons.

After making the Royals' opening day roster in 2018, he stayed with the team all season, making 70 appearances and going 1-4, 4.53 with 2 saves while pitching just 45 2/3 innings. In 2019, he spent time at AAA for the first time (he had made the Royals straight from AA the year before) and pitched well for the Omaha Storm Chasers, going 1-1, 2.12 with 3 saves in 22 outings. With Kansas City, he made another 46 appearances out of the bullpen and was also solid, with a record of 2-0, 3.63 and 1 save. He pitched for slightly longer stints than in his rookie year, as he totaled 39 2/3 innings in his 46 games, as the Royals were preparing him for the day when one-batter appearances would no longer be allowed in the majors.

On July 16, 2020, he was traded to the San Diego Padres as part of the first trade of players following the long lay-off caused by the Coronavirus pandemic. The Padres sent OF Franchy Cordero and P Ronald Bolanos to the Royals to obtain his services. They needed a lefthanded reliever after learning that their own specialist, Jose Castillo, would be unavailable for much of the season due to a strained lat muscle.

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