How Mike Moustakas helped a rookie find out he made Royals’ roster



April 6, 2018 - 11:00 PM

Kansas City Royals pitcher Tim Hill throws against the Chicago White Sox during spring training on March 3 in Surprise, Ariz. John Sleezer/Kansas City Star/TNS

Major League Baseball: Kansas City Royals

DETROIT — Sweat dripped down reliever Tim Hill’s face, under the collar of his Royals jersey and onto his neck.

Hill, 28, had just pitched a perfect ninth inning on a late March afternoon in Scottsdale, Ariz. The side-slinging left-hander the Royals chose to protect from December’s Rule 5 draft retired three Diamondbacks minor-leaguers with the help of ground balls and a five-pitch strikeout. He preserved a tie in the Royals’ penultimate game of the spring.

The appearance, Hill’s final audition for a spot on the Royals’ 25-man roster, couldn’t have gone more smoothly.

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