Sam Hilliard

Sam Hilliard

28-Year-Old OutfielderOF
Colorado Rockies AAA
2022 Fantasy Outlook
Although Hilliard spent just over two months in the minors during the 2021 campaign, he appeared in 81 games and hit a career-high 14 home runs. The outfielder had a career-low 33.1% hard-hit rate, and he also had trouble making contact, as his 67.4 Z-Contact% was the lowest mark of his career. Hilliard was unable to maintain a consistent role -- or roster spot -- for the struggling Rockies in 2021, and he has limited contact and power potential. Even while playing his home games at hitter-friendly Coors Field, he's a lackluster fantasy option outside of deeper leagues. Read Past Outlooks
RANKSFrom Preseason
#476
ADP
$Signed a $100,000 contract with the Rockies in June of 2015.
Heads to Triple-A
OFColorado Rockies  AAA
August 30, 2022
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Hilliard started four of the Rockies' last seven games, but he didn't get much going at the plate, so the Rockies decided to remove him from the major-league roster for the time being. He will have a chance to rejoin the big club before the campaign comes to a close.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
2
22
19
6
vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
1
1
Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2020
 
 
+9%
OPS vs RHP
2022
 
 
+53%
OPS vs RHP
2021
 
 
+15%
OPS vs LHP
2020
 
 
+70%
OPS vs RHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2020vs Left .636 117 11 6 13 0 .204 .256 .380
Since 2020vs Right .694 420 59 16 45 13 .208 .298 .396
2022vs Left .376 31 5 1 3 0 .107 .161 .214
2022vs Right .576 169 21 1 11 5 .199 .302 .274
2021vs Left .843 57 4 4 8 0 .255 .333 .510
2021vs Right .730 181 28 10 26 5 .202 .282 .448
2020vs Left .517 29 2 1 2 0 .207 .207 .310
2020vs Right .877 70 10 5 8 3 .242 .329 .548
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2020
 
 
+12%
OPS at Home
2022
 
 
+36%
OPS at Home
2021
 
 
+13%
OPS at Home
2020
 
 
+8%
OPS at Home
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2020Home .723 271 41 9 33 5 .237 .306 .416
Since 2020Away .646 263 29 13 25 8 .177 .274 .372
2022Home .608 119 21 2 11 3 .210 .294 .314
2022Away .448 81 5 0 3 2 .145 .259 .188
2021Home .803 114 15 6 18 1 .238 .298 .505
2021Away .712 124 17 8 16 4 .193 .290 .422
2020Home .826 38 5 1 4 1 .314 .368 .457
2020Away .768 58 7 5 6 2 .189 .259 .509
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Stat Review
How does Sam Hilliard compare to other hitters?
This section compares his stats with all batting seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 400 plate appearances)*. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.

* Exit Velocity and Barrels/PA % are benchmarked against 2019 data (min 400 PA) and Hard Hit Rate is benchmarked against last season's data (min 400 PA). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • BB/K
    Walk to strikeout ratio
  • BB Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a walk.
  • K Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a strikeout.
  • BABIP
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many of a batter’s balls in play go for hits.
  • ISO
    Isolated Power. Slugging percentage minus batting average. A computation used to measure a batter's raw power.
  • AVG
    Batting average. Hits divided by at bats.
  • OBP
    On Base Percentage. A measure of how often a batters reaches base. Roughly equal to number of times on base divided by plate appearances.
  • SLG
    Slugging Percentage. A measure of the batting productivity of a hitter. It is calculated as total bases divided by at bats.
  • OPS
    On base plus slugging. THe sum of a batter's on-base percentage and slugging percentage.
  • wOBA
    Weighted on-base average. Measures a player's overall offensive contributions per plate appearance. wOBA combines all the different aspects of hitting into one metric, weighting each of them in proportion to their actual run value.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Hard Hit Rate
    A measure of contact quality from Sports Info Solutions. This stat explains what percentage of batted balls were hit hard vs. medium or soft.
  • Barrels/PA
    The percentage of plate appearances where a batter had a batted ball classified as a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
  • Expected BA
    Expected Batting Average.
  • Expected SLG
    Expected Slugging Percentage.
  • Sprint Speed
    The speed of a runner from home to first, in feet per second.
  • Ground Ball %
    The percentage of balls put in play that are on the ground.
  • Line Drive %
    The percentage of balls put in play that are line drives.
  • Fly Ball %
    The percentage of balls put in play that are fly balls.
BB/K
0.40
 
BB Rate
11.5%
 
K Rate
28.5%
 
BABIP
.256
 
ISO
.080
 
AVG
.184
 
OBP
.280
 
SLG
.264
 
OPS
.544
 
wOBA
.253
 
Exit Velocity
92.0 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
34.5%
 
Barrels/PA
5.5%
 
Expected BA
.216
 
Expected SLG
.361
 
Sprint Speed
23.8 ft/sec
 
Ground Ball %
44.5%
 
Line Drive %
18.5%
 
Fly Ball %
37.0%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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Hilliard had the chance to receive more consistent at-bats during the abbreviated 2020 season after Ian Desmond opted out, but he regressed as a full-time member of the Rockies. He flashed his power during a cup of coffee in 2019 with seven home runs over 27 games, but he only hit six over 36 contests in 2020. Hilliard had an elite .377 ISO in 2019, but the mark dropped to .229 last season. His strikeout numbers were way up (36.8%), and part of his struggles can be traced to his increased 17.1% swinging-strike rate. When he was able to put the ball in play, his results remained relatively steady from a year ago, as he posted a .281 BABIP. The shine has come all the way off, yet Hilliard still has a reasonable path to playing time in his age-27 season to go with power, speed and home games in Coors Field. He is a fine flier but shouldn't be targeted aggressively.
Hilliard's age (turns 26 in February) is misleading for a player who didn't reach the majors until late last season. A former pitcher, he didn't move to the outfield until 2015 at Wichita State, so he is relatively new to this. His age, 29.3 K% and the hitting environment of the Pacific Coast League led many to discount a 35-homer/22-steal campaign at Triple-A, but he was even better in his cup of coffee (138 wRC+, .377 ISO, 26.4 K%). His most impressive feat was a game-tying opposite-field home run off fellow southpaw Josh Hader. Per Statcast, he had the same sprint speed (29.1 ft/sec) as Scott Kingery, so he has the potential to steal double-digit bases in a full season. With the speed for center and the arm for right, Hilliard provides Colorado with defensive versatility and offensive upside. He may get jerked around early in the year but has a chance to settle in as a Rockies regular for years to come.
Hilliard has made quite an impression in his first two professional seasons with the Rockies. Drafted in the 15th round of the 2015 draft out of Wichita State, the left-handed outfielder possesses a powerful frame at 6-foot-5, 225 pounds. In his one season of rookie ball, Hilliard slashed .306/.397/.532 in 262 plate appearances. He displayed good patience at the plate and finished his first season with a 13.7 percent walk rate. In his second minor league season, this time with Low-A Asheville, the 22-year-old hit .267/.348/.449, belted 17 home runs and stole 30 bases in 527 plate appearances. Those numbers should be slightly discounted, given the favorable hitting conditions at Asheville (.832 home OPS, .761 road OPS) and the fact that at 22 he was slightly older than league average. His combination of power and speed make him an intriguing prospect, but he's still got some kinks to work out in his game. Despite walking at a solid clip, he will need to cut down on his strikeouts as he posted a 28.5 percent strikeout rate at Asheville.
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Swipes fifth bag
OFColorado Rockies  AAA
August 28, 2022
Hilliard went 1-for-3 with a walk and a stolen base in Sunday's victory over the Mets.
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Still not starting
OFColorado Rockies  AAA
August 27, 2022
Hilliard isn't in the lineup Saturday against the Mets, Patrick Lyons of TheDNVR.com reports.
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Sitting again Friday
OFColorado Rockies  AAA
August 26, 2022
Hilliard will sit Friday versus the Mets.
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Sitting against lefty
OFColorado Rockies  AAA
August 24, 2022
Hilliard is not in the starting lineup Wednesday versus the Rangers.
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Two hits, stolen base Sunday
OFColorado Rockies  AAA
August 21, 2022
Hilliard went 2-for-5 with one run scored and one steal in Sunday's extra-innings loss against the Giants.
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