One of the York Revolution's top starting pitchers is headed back to affiliated baseball.
The Revs announced on Monday that Shawn Hill's contract has been purchased by the Toronto Blue Jays.
Hill becomes the third arm from the Revolution staff to join a Major League organization this season. Reliever Ian Thomas joined the Atlanta Braves on May 17, and starter Ryan Feierabend signed a deal with the Cincinnati Reds on June 5.
Hill's time in York was relatively brief, but the right-hander made a significant impact. Once he became a regular in the Revolution starting rotation, he did not allow a run in the final 272/3 innings he pitched in a York uniform over his final five starts. Overall for York, Hill was 2-0 with a 2.43 ERA. In 292/3 innings, he struck out 21 and walked nine, while allowing 26 hits.
The Mississauga, Ontario, native will begin his second tour of duty with the Canadian team. Toronto was the most recent organization that Hill pitched for, before an injury cost him all of the 2011 season.
In Hill's most recent Major League time he was impressive for the Jays, tossing 202/3 innings in 2010 in four starts, posting a 2.61 ERA. Hill is a veteran of 44 Major League games (all starts) between 2004 and 2010 with Montreal/Washington, San Diego and Toronto.
Hill has also been a significant part of the Canadian National Team, in both the Olympics and Pan-Am Games. He's one of just four native Canadians to play for both the Montreal Expos and Toronto Blue Jays in the majors, and is now in his 11th pro season.
Hill will be replaced in the Revolution rotation by left-hander Matt Chico. Chico was signed to a contract on Sunday after beginning the season with the New Jersey Jackals of the Can-Am Association. Coincidentally, Chico and Hill were Major League teammates in 2008 with the Washington Nationals. That season Hill made 12 starts for the Nats, while Chico appeared 11 times for Washington, notching eight starts. Chico is in his 10th professional season, and has 43 Major League appearances and 40 starts under his belt, all for Washington between 2007 and 2010.
Chico struggled with the Jackals this season, going 0-4 with a 9.39 ERA. In 23 innings, he allowed 40 hits, while striking out 13 and walking 11. In his major league career, Chico went 7-15 with a 4.95 ERA.