Sam Hilliard

#22 CF / Colorado Rockies / EXP: 1YRS Height: 6-5 Weight: 241 lb Age: 26 College: None Bats/Throws L/L

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    • Hilliard hit .176 with two home runs, three doubles, 12 strikeouts and two walks in 36 plate appearances this spring. He struck out a third of the time, which contributed to his poor batting average in a small sample, but he also leads all Rockies hitters with 34 at-bats in spring training. On March 1, Kyle Newman of the Denver Post suggested that Ian Desmond and Raimel Tapia could open the year in a platoon in left field, noting that Hilliard could also get starts there if he makes the roster. While Tapia put up better numbers than Hilliard this spring, he was worth -0.9 fWAR in 138 games last year and has never rated as better than replacement level in parts of four MLB seasons. It seems possible that Desmond and Tapia will indeed platoon when the season gets underway, but sooner or later Hilliard should get a longer look, either due to Tapia's struggles or an injury to an outfielder.

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    • Hilliard went 1-for-5 with a walk, a run and two steals in Sunday's season finale against the Brewers. The game was ultimately a meaningless one for the Rockies, who finished at 71-91, but Hilliard will still enjoy his run, which came on a 13th-inning wild pitch to give his team the win. The 25-year-old made a strong impression in his 27-game debut this season, hitting .273/.356/.649 with seven homers.

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    • Hilliard hit a solo home run in his only at-bat in Saturday's 3-2 win over the Brewers. Down to their last out, Hilliard was called on to pinch hit for catcher Tony Wolters. Hilliard delivered a solo shot to left off Brewers closer Josh Hader, tying the game, which set the stage for Trevor Story's walkoff an inning later. Hilliard is up to seven homers and 13 RBI in 72 at-bats this season.

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    • Hilliard went 3-for-4 with a home run, a double and three RBI in Sunday's loss to the Dodgers. Hilliard launched a two-run homer in the seventh inning and drove home the Rockies' final run with a double in the ninth. The 25-year-old has been on a tear at the plate over his last five games, going 9-for-15 with four long balls and six RBI. He hit 35 home runs in Triple-A Albuquerque this season and has continued flashing his power since being called up to the majors in late August, slugging six round trippers in his first 54 at-bats.

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    • Hilliard hit a solo home run in his only at-bat during Friday's loss to the Dodgers. Hilliard launched a 406-foot homer pinch hitting in the eighth inning, but unfortunately that would be the final run scored for the Rockies in a 12-5 rout by the Dodgers. It was his fifth long ball of the season and his third over the last two games. Hilliard is hitting .239/.327/.630 across 46 at-bats.

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