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Derek Hill

Derek Hill

CF | B/T: R/R | 6' 2" 195 | Age: 23
Draft: 2014 (Rd: 1, #23, Detroit Tigers) - Elk Grove (CA) HS
Sacramento, CA USA
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Poor
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Stats

PA AB R H HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG OPS
2019 255 234 38 53 7 22 9 .226 .275 .385 .660
Career Minors 1752 1568 244 378 16 146 144 .241 .308 .341 .649
AVG HR RBI SB OPS
2019 .226 7 22 9 .660
Career Minors .241 16 146 144 .649

Standard Minor League Batting Statistics

SeasonTmLGLGPAABRH2B3BHRRBIBBSOSBCSHBPAVGOBPSLGOPS
2014 2 Teams Minors 47 197 173 20 36 3 3 2 14 18 45 11 2 4 .208 .296 .295 .591
2014 GCL Tigers GCL ROK 28 119 99 12 21 2 2 2 11 16 19 9 1 2 .212 .331 .333 .664
2014 Connecticut Tigers NYP A(Short) 19 78 74 8 15 1 1 0 3 2 26 2 1 2 .203 .244 .243 .487
2015 West Michigan Whitecaps MID A(Full) 53 235 210 33 50 6 5 0 16 20 44 25 7 1 .238 .305 .314 .619
2016 West Michigan Whitecaps MID A(Full) 93 415 384 66 102 17 6 1 31 24 105 35 6 3 .266 .312 .349 .661
2017 3 Teams Minors 58 267 224 42 55 10 7 2 30 31 63 29 5 5 .246 .346 .379 .725
2017 West Michigan Whitecaps MID A(Full) 35 168 144 28 41 8 6 1 21 16 38 12 5 4 .285 .367 .444 .812
2017 Lakeland Flying Tigers FSL A(Adv) 9 38 31 3 6 1 0 0 2 5 10 10 0 1 .194 .324 .226 .550
2017 GCL Tigers West GCL ROK 14 61 49 11 8 1 1 1 7 10 15 7 0 0 .163 .300 .286 .586
2018 Lakeland Flying Tigers FSL A(Adv) 106 383 343 45 82 9 3 4 33 33 109 35 12 1 .239 .307 .318 .625
2019 Erie SeaWolves EAS AA 58 255 234 38 53 8 4 7 22 11 72 9 8 5 .226 .275 .385 .660

Scouting Report

Scouting grades: Hit: 45 | Power: 40 | Run: 70 | Arm: 50 | Field: 60 | Overall: 40

Toolsy high school draftees, more than anything else, need reps and time on the field to sharpen those tools and be productive as professional players. That's even true for someone like Hill, who grew up around the game with a father, Orsino, who played and is now a scout. But the Tigers' 2014 first-rounder has had trouble gaining any traction after injuries -- a quad injury in 2015 and Tommy John surgery in late 2016 -- kept him off the field early in his career. He finally had his first fully healthy pro campaign in 2018, spending the entire season at Class A Advanced Lakeland, and progressed to Double-A for the first time in '19.

Defensively, Hill could play in the big leagues right now. He's as good a center fielder as anyone in the organization and can flat-out get the ball wherever it's hit using his outstanding closing speed. What once was a plus arm now plays more toward average, but there is room for improvement as Hill distances himself from surgery. Hill's speed is a game-changer on the bases as well, and he's proved to be a prolific basestealer - he has two 35-steal campaigns in the last three years - when healthy.

With Hill, the question continues to be if he'll hit and get on base enough to truly utilize that speed. He became more fluid with his swing and began to make some progress late in the 2018 season that carried over into his Double-A campaign. Hill's ability to impact games in the outfield and on the basepaths gives him a solid floor, and he could still become a dynamic everyday up-the-middle player if his bat continues to develop.

Transactions

Team Date Transaction
03/28/2019 CF Derek Hill assigned to Erie SeaWolves from Lakeland Flying Tigers.
02/25/2019 CF Derek Hill assigned to Detroit Tigers.
06/06/2018 Lakeland Flying Tigers activated CF Derek Hill from the 7-day injured list.
05/06/2018 Lakeland Flying Tigers placed CF Derek Hill on the 7-day disabled list retroactive to May 5, 2018.
03/22/2018 OF Derek Hill assigned to Detroit Tigers.
08/22/2017 CF Derek Hill assigned to Lakeland Flying Tigers from West Michigan Whitecaps.
07/12/2017 West Michigan Whitecaps activated CF Derek Hill from the 7-day disabled list.
06/23/2017 West Michigan Whitecaps sent OF Derek Hill on a rehab assignment to GCL Tigers West.
04/05/2017 West Michigan Whitecaps placed CF Derek Hill on the 7-day disabled list.
09/14/2016 West Michigan Whitecaps activated CF Derek Hill from the 7-day disabled list.
08/09/2016 West Michigan Whitecaps placed CF Derek Hill on the 7-day disabled list.
05/19/2016 West Michigan Whitecaps activated CF Derek Hill from the 7-day disabled list.
05/09/2016 West Michigan Whitecaps placed CF Derek Hill on the 7-day disabled list.
03/02/2016 CF Derek Hill assigned to Detroit Tigers.
09/24/2015 West Michigan Whitecaps activated CF Derek Hill from the 7-day disabled list.
07/11/2015 West Michigan Whitecaps placed CF Derek Hill on the 7-day disabled list.
07/01/2015 West Michigan Whitecaps activated CF Derek Hill from the 7-day disabled list.
06/15/2015 West Michigan Whitecaps placed CF Derek Hill on the 7-day disabled list.
04/24/2015 West Michigan Whitecaps activated CF Derek Hill from the 7-day disabled list.
04/13/2015 West Michigan Whitecaps placed CF Derek Hill on the 7-day disabled list.
04/04/2015 CF Derek Hill assigned to West Michigan Whitecaps from Connecticut Tigers.
08/11/2014 CF Derek Hill assigned to Connecticut Tigers from GCL Tigers.
06/19/2014 CF Derek Hill assigned to GCL Tigers.
06/17/2014 Detroit Tigers signed OF Derek Hill.