Cam Hill – reliever, Columbus Clippers
Hill is a Rule 5 draft eligible player this year. They could take the September call-up time to put him on the 40-man roster to protect him and then call him up to see what he has in the majors.
In 20 appearances in Columbus, Hill has a 3-2 record, 3,.77 ERA, 47 K, 11 BB, 27 hits and 13 ER. His ERA has taken a major hit in his last two appearances where he has given up seven runs on six hits in just 0.2 innings pitched.
In his previous 18 appearances, he gave up just 20 hits and six earned runs over 30.1 innings pitched. If the Indians want to see what he has, now would be the time.
The team would have to feel comfortable that his last couple outings are not indicative of a decline from his entire body of work. The bullpen is strong this season but with some guys struggling as of late, it never hurts to see another arm.
Hill won’t come in and be Andrew Miller in 2016, but he could help give some guys more rest than they would without the extra arms. It also gives the Indians a look at a young arm they could use in 2020 and beyond.