Rich Hill

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  • B/T: L/L
  • 6' 5"/220
  • Age: 36

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Rich Hill Stats

W-L ERA IP SO WHIP
3-2 2.42 26.0 37 1.27

Rich Hill MLB Career Stats

W-L ERA IP SO WHIP
29-25 4.43 526.0 524 1.35

Rich Hill Bio

  • Full Name: Richard Joseph Hill
  • Born: 3/11/1980 in Boston, MA
  • Draft: 2002, Chicago Cubs, 4th rd. (112th overall)
  • College: Michigan
  • Debut: June 15, 2005
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Year W L ERA G GS SV IP SO WHIP
2016 Stats 3 2 2.42 5 5 0 26.0 37 1.27
MLB Career Stats 29 25 4.43 206 79 0 526.0 524 1.35

Rich Hill 2016 Splits

Duration W L ERA G GS SV IP H ER BB SO WHIP
Last 7 Games 3 2 2.42 5 5 0 26.0 24 7 9 37 1.27
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Last 3 Games W L SV IP H ER BB SO
4/15 vs KC 0 1 0 4.1 9 3 3 6
4/21 @ NYY 1 0 0 6.0 3 1 4 10
4/26 @ DET 1 0 0 7.0 4 0 0 8
Last 3 Games
4/15 vs KC
4/21 @ NYY
4/26 @ DET
2016 Games by Position: SP (5)

Rich Hill Four-seam FB Statcast Averages

Year Team LG NP Pitch Type Avg Pitch Speed (mph) Avg Perceived Speed (mph) Avg Spin Rate (rpm) Avg Extension (feet) Avg Exit Velocity (mph)
2016 Athletics AL 217 Four-seam FB 90.72 90.23 2413.00 6.26 87.72
MLB Avg - - - Four-seam FB 92.60 92.10 2245.00 6.13 90.31
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2016
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Rich Hill 2016 Projections

Duration W L ERA G GS CG SHO SV SVO IP H R ER HR HB BB IBB SO WHIP
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9 8 3.60 24 24 1 0 0 0 142.1 116 63 57 12 8 63 0 157 1.26
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12 10 3.42 29 29 1 0 0 0 168.1 140 73 64 13 12 72 0 194 1.26
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Rich Hill News

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April 26, 2016 at 9:52 PM ET

Hill notches third win

A’s left-hander Rich Hill won after allowing only four hits, walking none and striking out eight over seven shutout innings Tuesday against the Tigers.

April 21, 2016 at 10:43 PM ET

Hill fans 10 Yankees in win

Athletics left-hander Rich Hill won after giving up two runs (one earned) on three hits (zero homers) with 10 strikeouts and four walks over six innings Thursday against the Yankees.

Awards

Rich Hill Awards

MiLB.com Breakthrough Performer

Year Team League
2005 Iowa PCL

MiLB.com Triple-A Breakthrough Performer

Year Team League
2005 Iowa PCL

Baseball America Triple-A All-Star

Year Team League
2006 Iowa PCL

PCL Mid-Season All-Star

Year Team League
2006 Iowa PCL

Triple-A All-Star Game Top Star, PCL

Year Team League
2006 Iowa PCL

PCL Post-Season All-Star

Year Team League
2006 Iowa PCL

PCL Pitcher of the Week

Week Team League
08/21/2005 Iowa PCL
04/16/2006 Iowa PCL
06/04/2006 Iowa PCL

SOU Pitcher of the Week

Week Team League
05/01/2005 West Tenn SOU

Rich Hill Leaderboards

Earned Run Average

Season ERA Rank
2007 3.92 18th in NL

Winning Percentage

Season WPCT Rank
2007 .579 16th in NL

Strikeouts

Season SO Rank
2007 183 5th in NL

Games Started

Season GS Rank
2007 32 20th in NL

Complete Games

Season CG Rank
2006 2 12th in NL
2015 1 15th in AL

Shutouts

Season SHO Rank
2006 1 7th in NL
2015 1 6th in AL

Innings Pitched

Season IP Rank
2007 195.0 25th in NL

Strikeouts per Nine Innings

Season K/9 Rank
2007 8.45 8th in NL

Strikeout/Walk Ratio

Season K/BB Rank
2007 2.90 9th in NL

Home Runs

Season HR Rank
2007 27 11th in NL

Rich Hill Latest Transactions

Team Date Transaction
November 20, 2015 Oakland Athletics signed free agent LHP Rich Hill.
November 2, 2015 LHP Rich Hill elected free agency.
September 8, 2015 Boston Red Sox selected the contract of LHP Rich Hill from Pawtucket Red Sox.
August 14, 2015 Boston Red Sox signed free agent LHP Rich Hill to a minor league contract.
August 14, 2015 LHP Rich Hill assigned to Pawtucket Red Sox.
June 24, 2015 Syracuse Chiefs released LHP Rich Hill.
June 12, 2015 Syracuse Chiefs activated LHP Rich Hill from the 7-day disabled list.
June 8, 2015 Syracuse Chiefs placed LHP Rich Hill on the 7-day disabled list.
March 3, 2015 LHP Rich Hill assigned to Syracuse Chiefs.
February 28, 2015 Washington Nationals signed free agent LHP Rich Hill to a minor league contract and invited him to spring training.
October 30, 2014 LHP Rich Hill elected free agency.
September 2, 2014 New York Yankees selected the contract of LHP Rich Hill from Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders.
September 1, 2014 New York Yankees sent LHP Rich Hill outright to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders.
August 29, 2014 New York Yankees designated LHP Rich Hill for assignment.
August 5, 2014 New York Yankees selected the contract of LHP Rich Hill from Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders.
August 2, 2014 Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders activated LHP Rich Hill from the 7-day disabled list.
July 26, 2014 Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders placed LHP Rich Hill on the 7-day disabled list.
July 17, 2014 LHP Rich Hill assigned to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders.
July 16, 2014 New York Yankees signed free agent LHP Rich Hill to a minor league contract.
July 9, 2014 Los Angeles Angels released LHP Rich Hill.
July 5, 2014 Los Angeles Angels designated LHP Rich Hill for assignment.
July 1, 2014 Boston Red Sox traded LHP Rich Hill to Los Angeles Angels for cash.
April 1, 2014 LHP Rich Hill assigned to Pawtucket Red Sox.
January 29, 2014 Boston Red Sox signed free agent Rich Hill.
March 11, 2013 Cleveland Indians selected the contract of LHP Rich Hill from Columbus Clippers.
February 7, 2013 Cleveland Indians signed free agent LHP Rich Hill to a minor league contract and invited him to spring training.
February 7, 2013 Rich Hill roster status changed by Columbus Clippers.
November 30, 2012 LHP Rich Hill elected free agency.
September 1, 2012 Boston Red Sox activated LHP Rich Hill from the 60-day disabled list.
August 19, 2012 Portland Sea Dogs sent LHP Rich Hill on a rehab assignment to Pawtucket Red Sox.
August 17, 2012 Rich Hill assigned to Portland Sea Dogs from GCL Red Sox.
August 13, 2012 sent LHP Rich Hill on a rehab assignment to GCL Red Sox.
July 6, 2012 Boston Red Sox transferred LHP Rich Hill from the 15-day disabled list to the 60-day disabled list.
June 10, 2012 Boston Red Sox placed LHP Rich Hill on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to June 9, 2012. Left forearm soreness.
April 27, 2012 Boston Red Sox activated LHP Rich Hill from the 15-day disabled list.
April 20, 2012 Salem Red Sox sent LHP Rich Hill on a rehab assignment to Pawtucket Red Sox.
April 13, 2012 Rich Hill assigned to Salem Red Sox.
April 7, 2012 sent LHP Rich Hill on a rehab assignment to Greenville Drive.
April 4, 2012 Boston Red Sox placed LHP Rich Hill on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to March 26, 2012. Recovering from June 2011 Tommy John surgery.
February 21, 2012 Boston Red Sox selected the contract of LHP Rich Hill from Pawtucket Red Sox.
December 13, 2011 Boston Red Sox signed free agent LHP Rich Hill to a minor league contract and invited him to spring training.
December 13, 2011 Rich Hill assigned to Pawtucket Red Sox.
December 12, 2011 LHP Rich Hill elected free agency.
October 31, 2011 Boston Red Sox activated LHP Rich Hill from the 60-day disabled list.
June 27, 2011 Boston Red Sox transferred LHP Rich Hill from the 15-day disabled list to the 60-day disabled list.
June 3, 2011 Boston Red Sox placed LHP Rich Hill on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to June 2, 2011. Left elbow sprain.
May 5, 2011 Boston Red Sox selected the contract of LHP Rich Hill from Pawtucket Red Sox.
December 16, 2010 Boston Red Sox signed free agent LHP Rich Hill to a minor league contract and invited him to spring training.
December 16, 2010 Rich Hill assigned to Pawtucket Red Sox.
October 8, 2010 Boston Red Sox sent Rich Hill outright to Pawtucket Red Sox.
September 13, 2010 Boston Red Sox selected the contract of Rich Hill from Pawtucket Red Sox.
June 30, 2010 Boston Red Sox signed free agent LHP Rich Hill to a minor league contract.
June 30, 2010 LHP Rich Hill elected free agency.
June 30, 2010 Rich Hill assigned to Pawtucket Red Sox from Boston Red Sox.
April 6, 2010 LHP Rich Hill assigned to Memphis Redbirds from St. Louis Cardinals.
January 26, 2010 St. Louis Cardinals signed free agent LHP Rich Hill to a minor league contract and invited him to spring training.
October 30, 2009 Baltimore Orioles sent Rich Hill outright to Norfolk Tides.
September 1, 2009 Rich Hill roster status changed by Baltimore Orioles.
July 29, 2009 Baltimore Orioles placed LHP Rich Hill on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to July 28, 2009. Left shoulder inflammation.
May 16, 2009 Baltimore Orioles activated LHP Rich Hill from the 15-day disabled list.
April 29, 2009 Frederick Keys sent LHP Rich Hill on a rehab assignment to Norfolk Tides.
April 23, 2009 Baltimore Orioles sent LHP Rich Hill on a rehab assignment to Frederick Keys.

Richard Joseph Hill Bio Info

Richard Joseph Hill was originally signed by Cubs scout Scott May…is married to Caitlin…is a 1999 graduate of Milton (MA) High School…attended the University of Michigan where he pitched for three seasons from 2000-02.

2015

Began the season at Triple-A Syracuse in the Washington organization and finished it by going 2-1 with a 1.55 ERA in four September starts with Boston…the starts were his first as a major leaguer since making 13 with Baltimore in 2009…struck out 36 batters in 29.0 innings (11.17 per nine innings) and walked just five for a strikeout-to-walk ratio of 7.20…has 96 strikeouts in 73.0 innings over the last three years (11.84 per nine innings)…allowed a .141 batting average, including .138 (11-for-80) with both of his home runs against right-handed hitters compared to .158 (3-for-19) against left-handers…yielded a .154 average with runners in scoring position…had a .242 opponents average the first time through the lineup, .091 after that…was selected by Boston Sept. 8 and made his first start Sept. 13 at Tampa Bay… tossed 7.0 shutout innings and allowed just one hit and one walk while striking out 10, but had a no decision in a 2-0 Red Sox win…it was his first start since July 27, 2009 against Kansas City…joined Hideo Nomo (no-hitter, April 4, 2001) as the only pitchers in the last 100 years with 10 or more strikeouts and one hit or fewer in their first career start as a Red Sox…picked up his first win in his second start Sept. 20 at Toronto…struck out 10 in 7.0 innings again and allowed three runs in a 4-3 decision…then tossed the Red Sox only complete game shutout of the season, a two-hitter in a 7-0 win over Baltimore Sept. 25 in his only start at Fenway…walked one and struck out 10…it was his third career complete game, his first since Sept. 22, 2006 at Cincinnati…it was his second career shutout (Sept. 16, 2006 against Cincinnati)…it came in his 200th career appearance…became the first pitcher to strikeout 10 or more batters in each of his first three starts with any American League team…according to the Elias Sports Bureau, he is the only pitcher since 1900 to make his season debut in September or later and record 10 or more strikeouts in each of his first three starts…is the fifth pitcher in Red Sox history to reach double-digits in strikeouts in at least three straight games…took the loss in his final start Oct. 1 at New York (AL)… tossed 6.0 innings to bring his career total to 500.0.

2014

Pitched for three different organizations, including stints in the majors with the Angels and Yankees…was signed by Boston to a minor league contract Feb. 8 and was traded to Los Angeles (AL) July 1…allowed a run on one hit and three walks in two appearances without recording an out and was released July 9…signed a minor league deal with New York (AL) July 16 and made four appearances with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre before joining the Yankees Aug. 5…logged a 1.69 ERA in 14 appearances with New York and combined for a 3.38 ERA in 16 appearances overall…tossed just 5.1 innings and never more than 0.2 in an outing…faced just one batter eight times…nine of his 16 outs were recorded by strikeout…allowed just 1-of-16 (6.3%) inherited runners to score but first batters faced hit .308 with a .438 on-base percentage…opponents hit .318 overall, including .250 by left-handed hitters and .500 by right-handers…did not allow a run in 11 games (4.2 ip) at Yankee Stadium…started the year at Triple-A Pawtucket and went 3-3 with two saves and a 3.23 ERA in 25 appearances…struck out 45 in 39.0 innings and did not allow a home run…held the opposition to a .206 batting average, including .196 against lefties…did not allow a run in 10 games on the road (18.0 ip)…tossed at least one inning in 24 of his 25 appearances, including a season-high 3.0 June 4 at Durham…struck out a season-high five batters May 23 at Syracuse…had a 3.62 ERA at the end of May…then started June with a 10.0 inning scoreless streak…recorded the save in his final outing with Pawtucket June 28 against Durham…was traded to Los Angeles (AL) July 1 for cash and made both of his appearances with the Angels that day in a doubleheader at Chicago (AL)…was designated for assignment July 5 and released July 9…was assigned to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre after signing with the Yankees and did not allow a run in four relief appearances (4.0 ip)…pitched one inning and struck out at least two batters in each outing for a total of 10 strikeouts in 4.0 innings…was on the disabled list July 26 to Aug. 1 with an inflamed left shoulder… was reinstated Aug. 2, pitched against Syracuse that day, and was promoted to New York Aug. 5…did not allow a run in six August appearances (2.1 ip)…was designated for assignment Aug. 29, outrighted to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Aug. 31 and selected by New York Sept. 2…did not allow a run in his first five appearances following his return for a 4.2-inning scoreless streak overall.

2013

Set career highs in the majors as a reliever in appearances (63), innings (38.2), and SO (51)...No runs allowed in 46 of 63 appearances and no ER in 48 of the 63 games...Finished with 13 holds, 2nd most on the team...Averaged 11.9 SO/9.0 IP (51 SO/38.2 IP)...Held lefties to a .238 AVG (20-for-84) with 2 HR...Had a 3.09 ERA (4 ER/11.2 IP) and held opponents to a .195 AVG (8-for-41) over his first 16 games of the season compared to a 7.67 ERA (23 ER/27.0 IP) with a .280 AVG (30-for-107) in his last 47 games...Stranded 51 of his AL-high 63 inherited runners…His inherited runners scored rate of 19.0% was 8th lowest in the AL...Snapped a streak of 51 consecutive games (40.2 IP) without allowing a HR when Andy Dirks hit one on 5/11 at DET…Was his 1st HR allowed in his ML career as a reliever and his 1st allowed overall since 7/21/09 vs. NYY.

2012

Began the season on the 15-day DL while recovering from Tommy John surgery performed on 6/9/11...Combined for a 2.00 ERA (2 ER/9.0 IP) with 2 BB, 18 SO in 8 rehab games for Single-A Greenville (2 G), High-A Salem (3 G)and Triple-A Pawtucket (3 G) before being activated from the DL on 4/27...On 4/29 at CWS, made his 1st ML appearance since 6/1/11, and allowed 1 run in 0.2 IP...Was his 1st run allowed with Boston, snapping a record 15-game scoreless stretch to begin a Red Sox career (12.0 IP)...Posted a 9-game scoreless stretch from 5/1-19 (7.2 IP) and a career-high 8-game hitless streak from 5/4-19 (6.0 IP), tying the longest all-time hitless games stretch for a Red Sox pitcher, last by Hideki Okajima from 9/17/08-4/7/09...Allowed just 3 base runners during that 8-game stretch, all walks...Earned the win with a scoreless 9th on 5/26 vs. TB, his 1st victory since 9/14/10 at SEA...Allowed 2 runs on 5/31 vs. DET, the only time he's allowed multiple runs since joining the Sox in 2010...Landed back on the 15-day DL on 6/10 (retro to 6/9) with a left elbow strain and transferred to the 60-day DL on 7/6...In 8 rehab appearances between the Rookie-level GCL Red Sox (2 G), Double-A Portland (1 G) and Pawtucket (5 G), went 1-1 with a 2.45 ERA (2 ER/7.1 IP) and 9 SO...Was activated on 9/1...Was not charged with a run in 6.0 innings over 8 appearances after coming off the DL on 9/1...Did not allow a run in a season-high 10 straight games overall to end the season dating back to 6/3, throwing 8.0 frames with 12 SO in that stretch...22 of his 25 ML appearances were scoreless, 16 were hitless, and 9 were perfect...Allowed just 1 run in 13 games against the AL East (10.1 IP) for a 0.87 ERA, and also recorded 12 SO in those contests...14 of 15 outings at Fenway were scoreless...Posted a 1.38 ERA (2 ER/13.0 IP) at home...Held lefties to a .205 AVG (8-for-39) while right-handers hit .273 (9-for-33) off him...Recorded 6 holds, a career single-season high (prev. 3 in 2011).

2011 Limited to nine games with the Red Sox due to season-ending Tommy John Surgery. Was placed on the 15-day disabled list on 6/3 (retroactive to 6/2) and underwent successful surgery on 6/9 to reconstruct a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his left arm, performed by Dr. James Andrews in Pensacola, FL. ... Was transferred to the 60-day DL on 6/27. Selected to active ML roster from Triple-A Pawtucket on 5/5. ... Did not allow a run in 9 outings spanning 8.0 innings out of the bullpen for Boston. ... Retired 24 of 31 batters faced with at least 1 K in eight of the nine games (12 total). Held opponents to a .115 AVG (3-for-26), including .071 vs. lefties (1-for-14). Began the year with Triple-A Pawtucket...Went 1-0 with one save and a 1.13 ERA (2 ER/16.0 IP) over 10 relief appearances with the PawSox, surrendering earned runs in only one game. With Pawtucket, had 18 K's and held opponents to a .143 clip (8-for-56), including .100 (2-for-20) vs. lefties. 2010 Split the season between the St. Louis and Boston organizations, including 6 relief outings for the Red Sox in September...Signed with Boston as a minor league free agent on 6/30 and selected to the Major League roster on 9/13, tossing 4.0 scoreless innings over 6 relief outings...Became the 93rd Massachusetts-born player to appear in a game for the Red Sox...Held left-handed hitters to a .125 batting average (1-for-8)...Earned the win in his Red Sox debut at SEA on 9/14, retiring the only batter he faced to end the 7th inning...Became the 1st pitcher to win his Boston debut in relief since Anastacio Martinez on 5/22/04 vs. TOR...Assigned to Triple-A Pawtucket after signing minor league deal with the Red Sox and went 3-1 while pacing the PawSox with a 3.74 ERA (22 ER/53.0 IP) in 19 games (6 starts) beginning with his 7/1 debut...Combined to go 7-4 with a 4.00 ERA (44 ER/99.0 IP) and 102 strikeouts in 42 combined Triple-A appearances (10 starts) between the Triple-A Cardinals Memphis affiliate and Pawtucket. 2009 Was on the disabled list twice: 3/29-5/16 with a strained left elbow and 7/29 until the end of the season with left shoulder inflammation. He drew starting assignment in 13 of his 14 appearances with Baltimore...Earned the win in his first start, 5/16 at KC. Set season-highs with 7.0 IP and seven strikeouts on 6/1 at SEA earning his second win...The Orioles went 7-2 in his first nine starts but ended the season 1-3 in his final four starts. 2008 Broke camp with the big league club, but made just five starts before he was optioned to the minors...A muscle strain in his back and a left calf strain limited him to just 18 starts between the majors and minors...Was 1-0 with a 4.12 ERA(19.2IP, 9ER) in five starts with the Cubs limiting the opponent to a .191 batting average (13- 68)...Walked 18 while striking out 15...Recorded his lone big league victory in a 3-2 win vs. Pittsburgh April 18...Allowed one run on three hits and three walks while striking out four in 5.0 innings... Optioned to Triple-AIowa May 3 but landed on the seven-day disabled list with a right back strain May 17...Reinstated May 30, but a left calf strain landed him back on the shelf, June 22-July 16...Transferred to Class-ADaytona July 16, but again landed on the seven-day disabled list with a muscle strain in his back, August 4...Was recalled and placed on the 15-day disabled list August 31...Was 2-4 with a 5.88 ERA(26.0IP, 17ER) in seven starts with Iowa...Made three rehab starts for Rookie-League Mesa, July 1-12...Went 1-1 with a 2.89 ERA(9.1IP, 3ER) and 11 strikeouts...Went 1-2 with an 8.03 ERA(12.1IP, 11ER) and 14 strikeouts in three starts for Class-ADaytona from July 18-30...Pitched for Tigres de Aragua in the Venezuelan Winter League, appearing in eight games (six starts)...Was 1-2 with a 6.97 ERA 2007 Spent his first full season with the Cubs, going 11-8 in 32 starts...limited opponents to a .235 batting average, ranking fifth in the N.L....produced 17 quality starts...received just 3.4 runs of support, the second-lowest mark in the majors...spun a gem in his first start of the season 4/6 at MIL, allowing just one run on one hit (C.Hart HR) with no walks and six K's in 7.0 IP...became first Cubs left-handed starter to toss at least 7.0 innings and allow only one hit in more than 30 years (when data began being tracked in mid-'70s)...tossed 8.0 shutout innings 4/19 in ATL... according to Elias, he became the first Chicago Cub to win his first three starts with an ERA as low as 0.41 since 1918, when Phil Douglas won his first three starts with a 0.33 ERA. 2007 POSTSEASON: Tagged with the loss in Game 3 of the NLDS vs. Arizona, worked 3.0 innings and allowed three runs on six hits. 2006 Hill learned a lot in his rookie season, going 5-7 with a 4.25 ERA in 16 starts. He finished 3-1 with a 1.93 ERA in September, and posted three double-digit strikeout games. Hill had back-to-back complete games, Sept. 16 and Sept. 22, although the second game was a rain-shortened five-inning start against Cincinnati. 2005 Rich made his first career big league start July 25 against San Francisco ... did not factor into the decision of the 3-2 Cub victory ... made his major league debut June 15 against Florida - gave up 2 runs in 1.0 inning of work ... went 0-2 with a 9.13 ERA in three stints with the big league club ... pitched 4.1 scoreless innings of relief on June 22 in Milwaukee ... walked two batters and struck out six in the 9-4 Cub loss ... the 4.1 inning-stint was the longest by a Cub reliever all season ... hit an infield single off Doug Davis for his first career hit ... ranked third among all minor leaguers in strikeouts - fanning 194 batters in 22 games for Iowa (AAA), West Tenn (AA) and Peoria (A) ... also led all minor league pitchers with 13.4 strikeouts per 9.0 innings ... opened the year at West Tenn, going 4-3 with a 3.28 ERA in 10 starts ... struck out 90 batters in 57.2 innings of work ... appeared in one game for Peoria (A) ... picked up the win on July 8, pitching 8.0 innings and striking out 12 ... was 6-1 in 11 games (10 starts) for Iowa ... posted a 3.60 ERA with 92 strikeouts ... was named the Pacific Coast League Pitcher of the Week for the week of August 15-21 ... allowed 4 runs (3 earned) in two games during the week - gave up just 2 walks and struck out 21 batters in 13.1 innings of work ... recorded his first career complete game in a 7.0-inning win at New Orleans on August 25 ... named the 14th-best prospect in the Pacific Coast League and the 5th-best prospect in the Cubs minor league system following the 2005 season by Baseball America. 2004 Rich went 7-6 with a 4.03 ERA in 28 games (19 starts) for Daytona (A) ... led the team in strikeouts, fanning 136 batters in 109.1 innings of work ... struck out a season-high 10 batters in back-to-back starts May 20 and May 25 ... went 5-5 with a 3.93 ERA in his starts ... gave up 3 or fewer earned runs in 15 of his 19 starts and was unscored upon in five of those starts ... pitched well on the road, posting a 1.53 ERA (9 ER/53.0 IP) in those contests ... was selected by Baseball America as having the best curveball in the Cubs' organization ... led the league with 72 walks. 2003 Split the season between Lansing (A) and Boise (A) - combining to go 1-7 with 149 strikeouts and a 3.87 ERA in 97.2 innings of work ... began the campaign at Lansing, going 0-1 with a 2.76 ERA in 15 games (four starts) for the Lugnuts ... held opponents to a .141 average ... did not allow any home runs ... went 1-6 with a 4.35 ERA in 14 starts for Boise ... led the Northwest League with 99 strikeouts ... struck out a then career-high 13 batters and picked up the win June 30 at Everett. 2002 Began his pro career at Boise (A), going 0-2 with a 8.36 ERA in six games (five starts).