Kevin Hilton

#45 KEVIN HILTON – RHP
Height: 6-2 Weight: 190
Bats: Right Throws: Right
Born: San Diego, California
Resides: San Diego, California
High School: Point Loma (San Diego, California)
College: California State University, San Marcos (San Marcos, California – “Cougars”)
Draft: n/a
Born: 8/31/91 Opening Night Age: 28
Classification: LS-1

Career Highlights: Third season of professional baseball and second with the Goldeyes…re-signed by the Goldeyes on 1/23/20…originally acquired by the Goldeyes from the Texas AirHogs on 8/9/19 along with Jonathan Moroney in exchange for four players to be named later…career 6-12 record with a 4.51 ERA in 31 games, 23 of them as a starting pitcher…has two career complete games…one career game finished…167.2 career innings pitched, allowing 190 hits, 53 walks, and 12 home runs (0.6 home runs per nine innings)…107 career strikeouts…has walked two batters or less in 17 of 23 career starts, and has walked three batters or less in 19 of them…has held the opposition to a .213 average with two outs and runners in scoring position as a professional (89 AB)…2019 American Association All-Star while playing for the Texas AirHogs…played college baseball at California State University, San Marcos in San Marcos, California…10-7 with two saves and a 4.19 ERA for the Cougars from 2012-14 in 57 games, 13 of them starts…majored in Kinesiology…played at Point Loma High School in San Diego, California

2019
Winnipeg (American Association/Ind.): Made five starts for the Goldeyes following trade, going 2-2 with a 3.79 ERA…pitched one complete game…35.2 innings pitched, allowing 33 hits, 13 walks, and five home runs…struck out 22…finished third in the American Association in innings pitched (133.0 combined with Texas and Winnipeg) and tied for first in Wins Above Replacement (WAR) among rookie pitchers (1.5)…allowed three or fewer earned runs in four of five starts with Winnipeg, and allowed four or fewer earned runs in all of them…pitched 6.0 innings or more in 14 of 20 combined starts between Texas and Winnipeg…pitched 7.0 innings or more in 11 starts (combined Texas and Winnipeg), which was third-most in the American Association…started and took the loss on 8/11 at Milwaukee, allowing three earned runs in 7.0 innings while striking out six…pitched complete game victory on 8/26 at Fargo-Moorhead, allowing three earned runs in 9.0 innings with six strikeouts…started and took no-decision on 8/31 vs. Sioux Falls, allowing two earned runs in 8.0 innings and striking out six…23 of 65 earned runs allowed (combined with Texas and Winnipeg) came in three starts…posted a 3.27 ERA in the remaining 17 starts

Texas (American Association/Ind.): 3-8 with a 4.62 ERA for the AirHogs in 15 games, all of them starts…97.1 innings pitched, allowing 112 hits, 29 walks, and five home runs…struck out 55…traded from the AirHogs to the Goldeyes on 8/9 along with Jonathan Moroney in exchange for four players to be named later…ranked tied for third in the American Association in innings pitched at the time of the trade…American Association All-Star…allowed three or fewer earned runs in nine of 15 starts…walked two batters or less in 11 of 15 starts, and walked three batters or less in 13 of them…pitched 6.0 innings or more in 10 of 15 starts, including eight starts of 7.0 innings or more…started and took no-decision on 5/19 vs. Winnipeg, allowing two unearned runs in 5.2 innings while striking out four…started and won on 6/5 vs. St. Paul, allowing one earned run in 7.2 innings with five strikeouts…started and won on 6/10 at Chicago, allowing one unearned run in 7.1 innings with six strikeouts…started and took no-decision on 6/26 at St. Paul, allowing one earned run in 7.2 innings while striking out four…started and won on 7/18 vs. Milwaukee, pitching 8.0 shutout innings with nine strikeouts…pitched 1.0 shutout relief inning for the South Division in the American Association All-Star Game on 7/23 at CHS Field in St. Paul…started and took no-decision on 7/31 vs. Cleburne, allowing three earned runs in 7.0 innings with four strikeouts

2017
Texas (American Association/Ind.): 1-2 for the AirHogs with a 4.93 ERA in 11 appearances, eight of them in relief…had one complete game…finished one game…34.2 innings pitched, allowing 45 hits, 11 walks, and two home runs…struck out 30…made professional debut on 7/8 vs. Salina, pitching 2.0 shutout relief innings with one strikeout…worked 3.0 relief innings and allowed one earned run while striking out one on 7/19 vs. Wichita…pitched 2.0 shutout relief innings with three strikeouts on 7/22 vs. Sioux Falls…made first career start and took the loss on 7/30 vs. Gary SouthShore, allowing five earned runs in 5.0 innings while striking out four…allowed one earned run in 3.0 relief innings on 8/21 vs. Salina, striking out one…pitched 4.2 shutout relief innings on 8/26 at Wichita, striking out six…started and earned first career win with a complete game on 8/31 vs. Salina, allowing four earned runs in 9.0 innings with eight strikeouts

Rick Forney on Kevin Hilton: Kevin had a really good season last year. We saw him when he was with the AirHogs, and we didn’t get a ton of great swings off of him. He’s got a ton of movement on his fastball—he’ll sink it and cut it, and he’ll change speeds. He’s a guy that took the ball every fifth day, and was really reliable for six or seven innings every time out.