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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
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 William Greener Montreal
Zach Reininger Detroit