In this series I take a look at players who played for the Boston Red Sox but, for some reason, never had a card produced of them with the team.
Hill spent parts of three seasons with the Red Sox. He was a reclamation project coming off of some injury troubles in 2010 and was signed as a low-risk signing to provide a left-hander out of the bullpen. he only made it into six games in 2010 but was 1-0 with a 0.00 ERA and three strikeouts in four innings. He continued to have injury problems.
In 2011, Hill only pitched in nine games but again had a 0.00 ERA with twelve strikeouts in eight innings. Again, injuries derailed his season but he pitched well enough that Boston kept him for another season. Hill was healthy for a decent amount of time in 2012, managing to pitch in 25 games. He struck out 21 in 19.2 innings against 11 walks. His ERA was 1.83 and he was 1-0. Certainly decent numbers but he was non-tendered to provide roster space and because of his injury problems. Boston was interested in bringing him back but he ended up signing with Cleveland and has been healthy so far this season.
Hill never really pitched quite enough to warrant a baseball card. But that is one of the reasons I miss Topps Total. I am sure last season he would have made it into that set. They did do a lot of middle relievers, even those who did not pitch a lot.