SEC Freshman of the Week (February 18)
MLB Draft: 38th Round in 2018 (St. Louis Cardinals)
Talented pitcher who was forced to miss most of the 2019 season due to a shoulder ailment ... pitched the first two weekends of the season as a member of LSU's starting rotation before suffering a season-ending injury ... a highly recruited quarterback in addition to being a pitcher/third baseman coming out of high school ... possesses a mid-90s fastball and a swing-and-miss changeup with excellent ability to pound the strike zone ... his confidence, competitiveness, and maturity on the mound are great attributes and will help him contribute at a high level to the pitching staff.
Pitched as a starter in LSU's weekend rotation versus Air Force (Feb. 17) and Bryant (Feb. 24) before having to sit out the remainder of the season due to injury ... was named SEC Freshman of the Week after his win against Air Force, in which he worked five innings and limited the Falcons to one run on four hits with one walk and eight strikeouts ... also worked five innings in the start against Bryant, allowing one run on two hits with two walks and three strikeouts.
Prior to LSU
Selected in the 38th round of the 2018 MLB Draft by the St. Louis Cardinals ... rated the No. 78 prospect in the MLB Draft by MLB Pipeline and rated No. 1 Player in Arkansas by Perfect Game and Prep Baseball Report ... named the 2018 Arkansas Gatorade Player of the Year and received 2017 All-America recognition from Under Armour ... posted a 7-0 record on the mound with a 0.51 ERA in 2018, striking out 85 batters while allowing 12 walks ... also batted .540 with 11 home runs, 43 RBI, 35 runs and a 1.034 slugging percentage.
Full name is Kenneth Jaden Hill ... brother of former MLB 10th-round draft pick Kentrell Hill ... cousin, Cedrick Harris, was an outfielder at LSU from 1997-2000, and he was the starting centerfielder for the Tigers' 2000 College World Series championship team ... majoring in sport administration at LSU ... born December 12, 1999.
Hill's LSU Career Highs
Innings: 5.0 vs. Air Force (2/17/19); vs. Bryant (2/24/19)
Strikeouts: 8 vs. Air Force (2/17/19)
Hits Allowed: 4 vs. Air Force (2/17/19)
Runs: 1 vs. Air Force (2/17/19); vs. Bryant (2/24/19)
Earned Runs: 1 vs. Air Force (2/17/19); vs. Bryant (2/24/19)
Walks: 2 vs. Bryant (2/24/19)