Shawn Hill called up to Blue Jays
For the third time in franchise history, and the second time this season, an alum of the York Revolution has reached the Major Leagues.
Right-handed starting pitcher Shawn Hill, who set a record for the most consecutive scoreless innings in Revolution history earlier this season, has been promoted to the Toronto Blue Jays. Hill’s contract was purchased from York on June 18 by Toronto.
Hill’s time in York was relatively brief, but the right-hander made a tremendous impact. Once Hill became a regular in the Revolution starting rotation, he did not allow a run in the final 27 and two-thirds innings he pitched in a York uniform, over his final five starts for the club. Hill then went 9-2 in 15 starts for Triple-A Las Vegas. He will wear number 45 for the Blue Jays.
This will be the second time the Mississauga, Ontario native will play for his home-Provence team in the Major Leagues. The Blue Jays had been the most recent team Hill pitched for, before arm injuries cost him all of the 2011 season. In Hill’s most recent Major League time he was quite impressive for the Blue Jays in 2010, tossing 20 and two-thirds innings in four starts posting a 2.61 ERA. Hill is a veteran of 44 MLB games (all starts) between 2004 and 2010 with the Montreal/Washington organization, San Diego and Toronto.
Hill has also been a significant part of the Canadian National Team, in both Olympic and Pan-Am Games play. He’s one of just four native Canadians to play for both the Montreal Expos and Toronto Blue Jays in the Majors, and is now in his 11th professional season. This coming spring, Hill will pitch once again for Team Canada in the World Baseball Classic.
In five of the last six years, at least one player has begun the season in the Atlantic League, and finished the season in the Majors. This year that is true of two players; Hill and former Long Island Ducks outfielder Lew Ford who is now with the Baltimore Orioles.
For the York Revolution, it’s the second time the organization has sent a player from its club to the Majors in the same season. The first Rev to reach the big leagues, outfielder Tike Redman, began the inaugural 2007 season in York before ending it with the Orioles. Left-handed relief pitcher Justin Hampson, who played in York in 2010, is currently with the New York Mets. Paired with Hampson, Hill’s promotion marks the first time two Revolution alums have been active in the Major Leagues at the same time.