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Detroit Tigers Draft Two Hill College Rebels

Not one, but two Hill College right-handed pitchers were drafted by the Detroit Tigers in the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft recently. Zach Reininger was drafted in the eighth round while Chase Edwards was selected in the 24th round.

Reininger went 10-5 with a 1.95 ERA in 106.1 innings this year for the Rebels. He also struck out 85 batters while walking eight. Reininger was also named NJCAA Honorable Mention All-American for his stellar season. He features a fastball that sits in the 88-94 mph range and throws three pitches for strikes. Reininger throws from two different arm angles: From the ¾ arm slot he throws a fastball, changeup and curve while the low ¾ consists of a slider replacing the curve.

"Zach is very motivated and worked hard to get to this point," Hill College Head Coach Chris Rateike said. “He grew three inches and gained 40 pounds since the fall semester of his freshman year and now has big league potential.”

Edwards went 5-5 with one save and a 2.95 ERA in 79.1 innings this past season. He also had 64 strikeouts while walking 21. Edwards’ fastball falls in the 87-94 range and he features a fastball, changeup and slider.

"Chase always does things the right way and is a hard worker," Rateike said. “He threw 85 when he stepped on campus and left throwing 94.”


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Ariel Deno Texas Austin Ellison Minnesota
Ben Pardo Kansas City Benny Suarez Cleveland
Brad Halsey Yankees Brad Holsey Yankees
Brad Richardson Milwaukee Brandon Mims Blue Jays
Brandon Robertson Colorado Braulio Goris Mets
Brian Myrow Yankees Brian Tallet Yankees
Casey Smith Cleveland Chase Edwards Detroit
Chris Court Boston Red Sox Chris Rodriquez Chicago
Cole Lohden Royals Dana Eveland Milwaukee
Danny Griffen Philadelphia David Miller Houston
Doug Brubaker Baltimore Dustin Fitzgerald Cubs
Francisco Perez Seattle George Pickard Houston
Harlan Robertson Philadelphia Hector Rosado Kansas City
James Baldridge Mets Jason Alfaro Houston
Jeremy Fikac Oakland Jimmy Armstrong Atlanta
Joey Gathright K.C. John Hudson Angels
John Paul Duran Houston Jordan Gerk Minnesota
Juan Figueroa Royals Justin Phillips K.C.
Kris Ehmke T.B. Kris Marshal Angels
Kyle Wilson Chicago Cubs Kyle Wilson Giants
Lonnie Pottoer Boston Luis Candaleria T.B.
Luis Mateo Tampa Bay Luke Montz Washington
Marcos Ortiz Detroit Mark Koeth Cleveland
Mark Mercer Pittsburgh Marty Rankin Colorado
Melvin Roman Giants Michael Bryant Cincinnati
Michael Campbell Cincinnati Michael Jackson Cleveland
Michael Vickers Texas Michael Williams Texas
Mike Rose Florida Nate Grindell Cleveland
Nicholas Sued Cleveland Omar Ramirez Cleveland
Orlando Orta S.F. Giants Oscar Cardenas Texas
Paul Arrendondo Milwaukee Ray Sadler Cubs
Robbie Weinhardt Detroit Roberta Santa Texas
Rocky Coppinger Baltimore Rodney Wheeler Philadelphia
Rudy Garza Marlins Ryan Brewer Royals
Ryan Klatt San Diego Sammy Baker Cleveland
Scott Hopgood San Diego Sean Kramer Houston
Terrence Spelimon Angels Todd Samples Montreal
Trent Lockwood New York Yankees Trent Petrie Atlanta
Tyler Renwick Toronto Victor Ramirez Cleveland
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