For the first time in history, the Major League Baseball Draft coincides with the All-Star festivities held at Coors Field. Like the rarity of the events running simultaneously, there is a unique connection between prospect Jamison Hill and his Abuelo, which is adequate for the sport.
Hill is a 6’1 180-pound pitcher for the Fresno State Bulldogs who finished his collegiate career with a 5.23 earned run average who struck out 49 batters, 15 bases on balls, with a 3.27 strikeout walk ratio.
He made 12 starts during his senior season and led the team in innings pitched at 72.1, which landed him fourth in the Mountain West. He earned five wins on the season, second-most on the team, and fourth in the Mountain West.
The right-hander pitched a seven-inning complete game shoutout in late April while also striking out at least one hitter in all 12 of his mound appearances while also going over six innings in nine games as he walked one or less in eight starts.
— FS Bulldog Baseball (@FresnoStateBSB) February 23, 2020
Those numbers got him a look from the San Diego Padres, a team very knowledgeable of his family.
— Michael Jimenez (@MichaelJ36) July 9, 2021
In 2017, as a high school senior at Ranch Bernardo in San Diego, California, Hill won eight of 11 games and finished with a 1.62 ERA, where he gave 84 opposing hitters the bitter beer face in 69 innings.
He was an All-American who ranked inside the top 150 players in California with a 2.14 ERA and 29 strikeouts as he received Co-Pitcher of the Year honors. He concluded his high school career with 11 wins, 113 strikeouts, eight complete games while also showing he was handy with the steel by averaging .215 at the plate.
Why Is Hill So Important?
Hill, born to mother Sonya Hill, is the step-grandson of the Padres great Gary Templeton. Some may know him as the MLB bro involved in the 1981 six-man trade for the most incredible defensive shortstop in the history of the game, Ozzie Smith.
Templeton was no slouch as he also occupied the shortstop position during his 16 years in the show for the Cardinals, Padres, and New York Mets. He was a three-time All-Star, two-time Silver Slugger Award-winner that collected more than 2,000 hits, 728 RBI, 70 home runs A .271 batting average while also accumulating 200 stolen bases.
The game, throughout its history, has seen hundreds of brothers make it into the league. Some have made it to the Hall of Fame. There have been numerous father-son combinations, including one at the top of the draft. We have even seen bros play on the same team as Ken Griffey Sr and Jr did in the early 90s.
There have been a handful of grandfather and grandson amalgamations. With the uniqueness of the situation, let’s hope the apple doesn’t fall too far from the family tree.
— FS Bulldog Baseball (@FresnoStateBSB) May 24, 2021