21-Year-Old Outfielder – Detroit Tigers
2017 Fantasy Baseball Outlook
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 l...
Derek Hill Contract Information:
Agreed to a contract with the Tigers in June 2014.
Hill (elbow) is making progress and the Tigers expect him back in game action in mid-June, Baseball America's Chris Iott reports.
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Detroit Tigers Roster
MajorsAvila, Alex (C)
AAAlbernaz, Craig (C)
AAzocar, Jose (OF)
RookieAlexander, Tyler (P)
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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
Injuries have stalled the development of the Tigersí 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. Heís 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 doesnít more bulk than expected. Even with low-to-modest power production, Hillís stellar speed and defense should one day earn him a regular spot in a major league lineup. Heíll need to work his way through the minors over the next few years, but Hill will eventually be a regular presence in Detroitís outfield if he develops as projected.