Former Mt. Juliet High pitcher Taylor Hill has been named International League Pitcher of the Week for the week of May 19-25. The Syracuse Chiefs right-hander found a unique way to accumulate a League‐best 11 scoreless innings pitched last week, picking up a win and a save along the way while helping the Chiefs climb into first place in the IL North Division.
A starting pitcher all season, Hill was thrown a proverbial curveball May 19 when he was asked to come on in relief of rehabbing Nationals pitcher Ross Ohlendorf. Hill tossed shutout baseball against Columbus over the final four innings to close the game and record his first career save.
Back in his familiar starting role last Saturday, Hill threw seven scoreless frames, scattering five hits without walking a batter in a 4‐1 win over Pawtucket.
Hill is now tied for the league lead with six wins this season and he's 3rd in the IL with a 1.63 ERA.
The 25-year-old is in his fourth season as a professional pitcher after being selected by Washington in the sixth round of the 2011 draft out of Vanderbilt. Hill first reached the Triple‐A level last season when he made a pair of starts for the Chiefs in August. Hill is a native of Old Hickory.
Hill is scheduled to make his next start this morning with a 10:05 a.m. CDT game at Rochester.