The accolades and invitations continue to stack up for the Watson Chapel Wildcats' left-handed pitcher Kaleb Hill. Hill just completed his junior season with the Wildcats, and now he's looking to have a productive summer of baseball. Last summer, Hill committed to play his collegiate ball at Ole Miss, and that commitment still stands firm.
Hill has pinpointed a few things that he'd like to improve this summer in order to fine tune his pitching.
"I plan on getting my body more in a better physical state than I am now," Hill said. "Getting stronger is key for me, and also adding velocity to my fastball."
His latest accomplishment is garnering an invite from USA Baseball to compete in their 2017 Breakthrough Series. Hill and Ashdown's Jaden Hill, an LSU commit, were the lone Arkansans to get invited to showcase their skills in the series.
"I don't know much about it going in," Kaleb Hill said. "From what I've heard it's a good opportunity to get looked at on the college and pro level. There will be good talent, and I hope to perform and open eyes."
The 2017 Breakthrough Series is a joint effort on behalf of USA Baseball and Major League Baseball that was established in 2008. The program focuses on the development of each player on and off the field. Players will benefit from seminars, mentorship, game play, scout evaluations, video coverage and the highest level of instruction. Also, this program provides a platform for the players to showcase their skills for scouts and collegiate coaches.
MLB players and USA Baseball diversity pipeline, including the Breakthrough Series, Dream Series, and Elite Development Invitational, will offer additional development and instructional opportunities throughout the year. Touch points for during the season will allow consistent growth opportunities both in competitive and non-competitive settings. It will coexist in continued advancement in their life and in their baseball skill sets.
Kaleb Hill said he is thankful for the chance to compete in the 2017 Breakthrough Series, and now he's looking to take full advantage of it.
"It's going to be talent from all over the country, so you want to be at your best," K. Hill said. "Me and Jaden will be apart of that select few and I'm blessed to be able to say that."
The 2017 Breakthrough Series will be held at the UIC Curtis Granderson Complex in Chicago, Illinois from June 20-25.