20-Year-Old Outfielder – Detroit Tigers
2016 Fantasy Baseball Outlook
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...
Derek Hill Contract Information:
Agreed to a contract with the Tigers in June 2014.
Hill underwent elbow reconstruction surgery last week and will be sidelined for the remainder of the 2016 season and at least half of the 2017 season, Anthony Fenech of the Detroit Free Press reports.
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Detroit Tigers Roster
MajorsAybar, Erick (SS)
AAAAlaniz, Ruben (P)
AAAlbernaz, Craig (C)
A+Briceno, Endrys (P)
AAzocar, Jose (OF)
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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
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.