Jaden Hill is an incredibly special athlete that could be one of the best prospects in the entire Colorado Rockies farm system.
Coming out of Ashdown High School in Arkansas, Hill played football until breaking his right collar bone, bringing an end to his career as a quarterback.
Turning his sights toward baseball, he was considered one of the top 100 players going into the 2018 MLB Draft. The St. Louis Cardinals selected him in the 38th round as a formality since Hill had every intention on playing with the LSU Tigers.
At 6’4” and 234 lb, his powerful physique was on full display during his junior year at Louisiana State University in 2021 before tearing his ulnar collateral ligament. This injury required Tommy John surgery and ruled out a professional debut for at least a year.
Even with this major setback, many prognosticators felt Hill was still worthy of a first-round selection last July. Somehow, the Rockies were lucky enough to secure this intriguing arm in the second round.
His changeup, which pairs incredibly well with a fastball that’s been clocked as high as 98 mph, could be the best weapon in his arsenal of pitches once he returns to live action at some point in 2022.
Since Hill had only 51.1 innings under his belt during three years in Baton Rouge, his future as a starting pitcher for Colorado may be in question.
No matter the role, one thing is certain: Jaden Hill will get himself to the big leagues.