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Detroit Tigers Draft Two Hill College Rebels

06.17.13

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.”

For more information on the Rebel baseball team, visit www.hillcollege.edu/athletics/.