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July 23, 2020 09:40 PM
Tigers' Derek Hill: Left off roster
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Hill (knee) was not included on the Tigers' 30-man Opening Day roster.

Hill had an impressive summer camp, but after injuring his knee in an intrasquad game a week ago, he won't be on the Opening Day roster. The 24-year-old could make his MLB debut at some point this year once he's healthy.

July 16, 2020 10:56 PM
Tigers' Derek Hill: Exits with knee soreness Thursday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Hill left Detroit's intrasquad game Thursday with left knee soreness, Evan Woodbery of reports.

Hill has been having an impressive camp and has taken advantage of increased playing time while Travis Demeritte and JaCoby Jones have been injured. The 24-year-old will continue to push toward making his major-league debut in 2020, but he needs to avoid any extended time off in order to earn that opportunity.

July 15, 2020 09:16 PM
Tigers' Derek Hill: Impressing in camp
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

While Hill is unlikely to make the Tigers' Opening Day roster, he has been impressing the coaching staff with his speed and defensive play during summer camp, Evan Woodbery of reports.

Hill is known as a strong defender and he's been showcasing that so far, making a number of tough catches during intrasquad play. The Tigers have the likes of Victor Reyes, JaCoby Jones, Cameron Maybin and Christin Stewart in the mix for outfield playing time, but Hill is a former first-round pick, so there's definitely some potential there. He could work his way into some playing time, particularly if Jones (oblique) ends up missing a significant amount of time, or if any other outfielders miss time during the season.

July 2, 2020 08:52 PM
Tigers' Derek Hill: Part of 60-man pool
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Hill, who is part of the Tigers' 60-man player pool, could be the next man up in center field if a need arises, Cody Stavenhagen of The Athletic reports.

Hill was expected to spend most of 2020 at Triple-A Toledo after spending last year with Double-A Erie, but he won't get that opportunity with the minor-league season officially canceled. The 24-year-old will now provide outfield depth at the MLB level, and because of his strong defensive ability, he could get a look if the likes of JaCoby Jones or Victor Reyes are inactive at any point due to injury or illness.

March 10, 2020 12:24 PM
Tigers' Derek Hill: Sent to Triple-A
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Hill was optioned to Triple-A Toledo on Tuesday, Jason Beck of reports.

He has yet to play at Triple-A, so Hill will likely spend the bulk of the season with the Mud Hens. However, if he holds his own, he could make his big-league debut this summer as he is the best defensive center fielder in the organization.

November 20, 2019 03:36 PM
Tigers' Derek Hill: Protected from Rule 5 draft
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Hill was added to the Tigers' 40-man roster on Wednesday, Anthony Fenech of the Detroit Free Press reports.

This protects him from the Rule 5 draft. One of the best defensive center fielders in the minors, Hill missed significant time due to injuries earlier in his career, so he is not quite ready for the big leagues. He hit .255/.333/.431 with two home runs and six steals in 51 at-bats in the Arizona Fall League. He should spend most of his age-24 season at Triple-A and could make his big-league debut in the second half if he is holding his own.

May 19, 2019 11:36 AM
Tigers' Derek Hill: Returns in impressive fashion
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

May 15, 2019 02:00 AM
Tigers' Derek Hill: Exits game Tuesday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Hill is day-to-day with an abdominal contusion after leaving Tuesday's game at Double-A Erie, Cody Stavenhagen of The Athletic reports.

Hill sustained the injury when he collided with another player in right field. The 23-year-old has enjoyed a solid start to the season with a .262/.304/.452 slash line and four home runs in 30 games.

April 15, 2019 10:48 PM
Tigers' Derek Hill: Off to a good start
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

Hill's second inning bomb was his second through eight games with the SeaWolves to go along with 11 RBI. The 23-year-old outfielder was a first-round pick in 2014, but he's struggled with consistency and injuries so far in his professional career, so the hot start is a welcome sight.

May 23, 2018 09:08 PM
Tigers' Derek Hill: Back from DL
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

Hill is back in action for the Flying Tigers after missing the last two weeks with tendinitis in his knee. The 22-year-old will look to turn things around now that he's healthy, as he was hitting just .170/.270/.239 across 25 games with Lakeland before landing on the shelf.

May 6, 2018 05:00 PM
Tigers' Derek Hill: Hits DL with knee injury
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

According to Waldon, Hill has now landed on the DL seven times since being drafted in 2014. The health issues haven't helped Hill's development as a prospect, but his ceiling in dynasty settings was never that high to begin with due to his status as a glove-first player. True to reputation, Hill was slashing an ugly .170/.270/.239 in 100 plate appearances with Lakeland prior to getting shut down.

August 22, 2017 01:40 PM
Tigers' Derek Hill: Earns promotion to High-A club
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Hill was promoted to High-A Lakeland on Tuesday, Sam Dykstra of reports.

For a third straight season, Hill opened the year with Low-A West Michigan, but it seems the 22-year-old has finally convinced the Tigers' brass that he's mastered the Midwest League. The outfielder has slashed .285/.367/.444 across 168 plate appearances with West Michigan while picking up 12 steals and flashing highlight-reel defense. It's the latter skill that should help him rise up the organizational ladder, but Hill's paucity of power and meager hit tool won't make him an especially appealing fantasy option if he eventually hits the big leagues.

July 19, 2017 01:04 PM
Tigers' Derek Hill: Back in action at Low-A
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Hill (elbow) is 5-for-19 (.263) with four extra-base hits and two stolen bases in six games since returning from the disabled list with Low-A West Michigan.

The outfield prospect had been out all season after undergoing elbow surgery last August, but he isn't missing a beat now that he's back in action. There's a lot of swing and miss in his game, but the 21-year-old Hill could climb up the organizational ladder quickly given how much he walks and how successful he is when he attempts steals.

January 26, 2017 03:35 PM
Tigers' Derek Hill: Expected back in mid-June
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Hill (elbow) is making progress and the Tigers expect him back in game action in mid-June, Baseball America's Chris Iott reports.

Hill underwent elbow reconstruction surgery in August, and also missed most of 2015 with knee and quad injuries. The 21-year-old outfielder slashed .266/.312/.349 over 415 plate appearances with Low-A Michigan on the season, also stealing 35 bases in 41 attempts. If he gets back on the field in mid-June, he'll have about two and a half months to salvage his 2017 season, provided he can remain healthy.

August 14, 2016 04:16 PM
Tigers' Derek Hill: Out for season, half of 2017 following elbow surgery
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

Hill, a first-round pick by the Tigers in 2014, hurt his throwing elbow while making a throw from center field during a game with Low-A West Michigan last week. The 20-year-old had submitted a .266/.312/.349 batting line over 415 plate appearances on the campaign, while recording 35 steals in 41 attempts. It's a devastating setback to his development, but since his game is built more on speed than power, the injury likely won't affect him as much as it would other kinds of players.

June 20, 2016 04:38 PM
Tigers' Derek Hill: Hitting streak at nine games in Low-A
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Hill extended his hitting streak to nine games on Friday. He was hitting .395 (17-for-43) with 11 runs and five stolen bases over the last 10 games at Low-A Michigan.

Overall, Hill is batting .267 with 42 runs scored and 19 stolen bases in 51 games at Low-A. He could finally be putting the pieces together at the plate, but we'll wait to see how he adapts to a full season before we declare his stock on the rise.

May 20, 2016 06:18 PM
Tigers' Derek Hill: Back in action
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Hill (undisclosed) returned to action Thursday and went 1-for-4 with two runs scored in a game with Low-A West Michigan.

Hill missed nearly two weeks with some sort of injury, but he is back in the fold with West Michigan. Hill has not done much hitting at the Low-A level in his two seasons there, but he was a first-round pick just two seasons ago, so he will have a chance to advance up a level if he gets things going with the bat.

May 10, 2016 05:02 PM
Tigers' Derek Hill: Lands on DL on Tuesday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Hill was placed on the minor league DL on Tuesday with an undisclosed ailment, reports.

Hill suffered the injury crashing into a wall in attempt to make a catch, but it remains unclear exactly what is ailing him as a result. The former first round pick is slashing just .239/.293/.315 in 23 games with Low-A West Michigan this season.

April 13, 2016 02:15 PM
Tigers' Derek Hill: Has three-steal game Tuesday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Hill went 2-for-5 with three steals and three runs scored against Low-A Lake County on Tuesday.

Injuries stalled Hill's development last season as he played in just 53 games. The 20-year-old outfielder has plus-plus speed, and his long-term value to the Tigers will hinge on his ability to handle the bat capably enough to get on base regularly. Through four games, he's 4-for-16 to begin the season in the Midwest League, but Hill is already 4-for-4 on stolen-base attempts.

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2014R-Gcl Tigers2899122122211161991.212.331.333
2014ASX-Connecticut Tigers1974815110322621.203.244.243
2015AFX-West Michigan Whitec532103350650162044257.238.305.314
2016AFX-West Michigan933846610217613124105356.266.312.349
2017R-GCL Tigers West14491181117101570.163.300.286
2017AFX-West Michigan Whitec351442841861211638125.285.367.444
2017AFA-Lakeland Flying Tige931361002510100.194.324.226
2018AFA-Lakeland Flying Tige106343458293433331093512.239.307.318
2019AAX-Erie SeaWolves120470781141951445381472113.243.311.394

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