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Hill, Pryor move up in minors

• Updated Jul 31, 2013 at 8:27 AM

By Andy Reed


A couple of Wilson County baseball products are moving up the minor-league ladder on opposite coasts.

Former Mt. Juliet star Taylor Hill was promoted from class A Potomac to AA Harrisburg in the Eastern League by the parent Washington Nationals.

Hill spent most of the year with Potomac, where he is 6-2 with a 2.99 earned-run average in 15 appearances, including 14 starts and two complete games.

He started for Harrisburg on Wednesday afternoon at home against New Britain and suffered a 4-3 loss in which he scattered eight hits and two earned runs. It was his fifth quality start for the Eastern League team, for which he is 2-3 despite a 1.64 ERA.

On the West Coast, former Friendship Christian standout Stephen Pryor was expected to pitch in relief for triple-A Tacoma in the Rainiers' game at Fresno late Friday night.

Recovering from a torn back muscle sustained three months ago, Pryor started for single-A Everett on Tuesday in his first rehab assignment and gave up three runs [two earned] after recording two outs while throwing 25 pitches. The AquaSox came back to win the game, leaving Pryor with a no-decision.

Going into last night's game, Pryor  had never given up a run in triple-A, which covers two stints with Tacoma last season.

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