Derek Hill
23-Year-Old OutfielderOF
Detroit Tigers AA
2019 Fantasy Outlook
There was no outlook written for Derek Hill in 2019. Check out the latest news below for more on his current fantasy value.
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$Signed a contract with the Tigers in June of 2014 that includes a $2 million signing bonus.
Returns in impressive fashion
OFDetroit Tigers  AA
May 19, 2019
Hill (abdomen) went 4-for-4 with a solo home run Saturday in Double-A Erie's 12-1 loss to Bowie.
Hill had been idle for the previous few days after suffering an abdominal contusion earlier in the week, but he showed no effects of the injury limiting him in his return to action. The 23-year-old sports an .804 OPS across 142 plate appearances in the Eastern League this season while chipping in seven stolen bases.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
The ultra-athletic Hill was a first round selection by the Tigers in the 2014 draft, but he has struggled to stay healthy or make consistent contact since entering the minors. Quad and knee injuries limited him to 53 games in 2015 and he ended 2016 on the disabled list following reconstructive elbow surgery. He hit a career-best .266 while repeating Low-A in 2016, though he bashed just one home run and struck out 105 times in 93 contests. While Hill swiped 35 bases over that span, he posted an anemic .312 OBP. The injuries, lack of power and impatience at the dish have caused Hill's prospect luster to fade, as his baseball skills have not been able to catch up with his raw tools. Hill remains a stellar defensive center fielder with plus-plus speed, but the 20-year-old has major red flags in the batter's box. Staying healthy in 2017 will be paramount if he is to make up for lost time.
Injuries have stalled the development of the Tigers’ first-round pick in the 2014 draft. Hill has played in just 90 games since being drafted, primarily due to lower-body injuries, and he dealt with a quad issue in April and then missed the entire second half with a knee injury. The number-one selling point with Hill as a fantasy prospect is his speed, which bordered on 80-grade entering the draft. However, as the lower-body injuries have mounted, not only has his speed been put at risk but he has also lost valuable reps to improve upon a fringey hit tool. It is too early to write off Hill entering his age-20 season, but the onus is now on him to prove he can stay relatively healthy over a full season before dynasty league owners start to buy back in.
The Tigers selected Hill with their first-round pick of the 2014 first-year player draft. Immediately after being selected, Hill was considered one of the Tigers' best prospects. The 19-year-old outfielder possesses plus-plus speed, which allows him to be a disruptive force on the basepaths. He’s also considered a premium defender and will likely patrol center field once he reaches the majors. At the plate, Hill has demonstrated elevated discipline for a player of his age, but his power potential appears to be limited to the double-digit range if he doesn’t more bulk than expected. Even with low-to-modest power production, Hill’s stellar speed and defense should one day earn him a regular spot in a major league lineup. He’ll need to work his way through the minors over the next few years, but Hill will eventually be a regular presence in Detroit’s outfield if he develops as projected.
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Exits game Tuesday
OFDetroit Tigers  AA
May 14, 2019
Hill is day-to-day with an abdominal contusion after leaving Tuesday's game at Double-A Erie, Cody Stavenhagen of The Athletic reports.
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Off to a good start
OFDetroit Tigers  AA
April 15, 2019
Hill went 1-for-4 with a three-run home run in Monday's game for Double-A Erie and is now batting .387 this season with a 1.154 OPS.
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Back from DL
OFDetroit Tigers  AA
May 23, 2018
Hill (knee) was activated from the disabled list and is starting in left field for High-A Lakeland on Wednesday, Emily Waldon of The Athletic Detroit reports.
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Hits DL with knee injury
OFDetroit Tigers  AA
May 6, 2018
Hill was placed on the 7-day disabled list at High-A Lakeland on Sunday due to left knee tendinitis, Emily Waldon of The Athletic Detroit reports.
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Earns promotion to High-A club
OFDetroit Tigers  AA
August 22, 2017
Hill was promoted to High-A Lakeland on Tuesday, Sam Dykstra of reports.
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