Derek Hill

Derek Hill

27-Year-Old OutfielderOF
Washington Nationals
2023 Fantasy Outlook
A first-round pick by the Tigers in 2014, Hill has carried the "bust" label for several years now due to injury and middling performance. He is still just 27 years old, however, and showed in his brief sample with Detroit last year that he can still turn on the burners, posting sprint speed ranking in the 97th percentile. Hill appeared in 80 MLB games over the past two seasons and slashed .248/.297/.351 with 70 strikeouts, four home runs and nine steals in 12 attempts -- certainly not great, but not completely embarrassing for a player who can play a high-level center field. The Nationals brought Hill in on a minor-league contract with an invitation to major-league spring training. Washington will have a lot of at-bats to spread around in the first full year of its rebuild, and Hill could end up with some of those, if mostly by attrition over the course of a long season. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a one-year, minor-league contract with the Nationals in November of 2022.
Gets NRI deal
OFWashington Nationals  NRI
November 15, 2022
Hill signed a minor-league contract with the Nationals on Tuesday that includes an invite to big-league spring training, Andrew Golden of The Washington Post reports.
ANALYSIS
A superb defensive center fielder who has been unable to hit big-league pitching, Hill could get reps in Washington in 2023, given how barren the depth chart is. The 26-year-old has a career .240/.291/.339 slash line with four home runs and nine steals in 254 MLB plate appearances.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
2
14
vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
3
7
Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2020
 
 
+49%
OPS vs LHP
2022
 
 
+96%
OPS vs LHP
2021
 
 
+25%
OPS vs LHP
2020
 
 
-100%
OPS vs RHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2020vs Left .789 93 11 1 5 2 .322 .344 .444
Since 2020vs Right .529 158 19 3 12 7 .186 .258 .271
2022vs Left .837 28 3 0 0 0 .370 .393 .444
2022vs Right .427 64 5 1 3 3 .161 .213 .214
2021vs Left .792 63 8 1 5 2 .311 .333 .459
2021vs Right .632 87 11 2 9 4 .218 .299 .333
2020vs Left .000 2 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
2020vs Right .143 7 3 0 0 0 .000 .143 .000
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2020
 
 
+35%
OPS at Home
2022
 
 
+13%
OPS at Home
2021
 
 
+45%
OPS at Home
2020
 
 
-100%
OPS at Home
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2020Home .734 119 17 3 7 4 .264 .319 .415
Since 2020Away .544 131 13 1 10 5 .220 .267 .276
2022Home .595 45 5 1 2 1 .231 .262 .333
2022Away .527 47 3 0 1 2 .227 .277 .250
2021Home .842 70 10 2 5 3 .297 .357 .484
2021Away .582 80 9 1 9 3 .227 .275 .307
2020Home .250 4 2 0 0 0 .000 .250 .000
2020Away .000 4 1 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
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Stat Review
How does Derek Hill 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
0.18
 
BB Rate
5.4%
 
K Rate
30.4%
 
BABIP
.327
 
ISO
.060
 
AVG
.229
 
OBP
.270
 
SLG
.289
 
OPS
.559
 
wOBA
.251
 
Exit Velocity
85.2 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
18.6%
 
Barrels/PA
2.2%
 
Expected BA
.193
 
Expected SLG
.242
 
Sprint Speed
25.6 ft/sec
 
Ground Ball %
49.0%
 
Line Drive %
21.6%
 
Fly Ball %
29.4%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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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 limited him to 53 games in 2015 and he ended 2016 on the disabled list following reconstructive elbow surgery. He hit a career-best .266 while repeating Low-A in 2016, though he bashed just one home run and struck out 105 times in 93 contests. While Hill swiped 35 bases over that span, he posted an anemic .312 OBP. The injuries, lack of power and impatience at the dish have caused Hill's prospect luster to fade, as his baseball skills have not been able to catch up with his raw tools. Hill remains a stellar defensive center fielder with plus-plus speed, but the 20-year-old has major red flags in the batter's box. Staying healthy in 2017 will be paramount if he is to make up for lost time.
Injuries have stalled the development of the Tigers’ 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. He’s 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 doesn’t more bulk than expected. Even with low-to-modest power production, Hill’s stellar speed and defense should one day earn him a regular spot in a major league lineup. He’ll need to work his way through the minors over the next few years, but Hill will eventually be a regular presence in Detroit’s outfield if he develops as projected.
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Clears waivers
OFSeattle Mariners  NRI
October 28, 2022
Hill cleared waivers and was sent outright to Triple-A Tacoma on Friday.
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Loses spot on 40-man roster
OFSeattle Mariners  NRI
October 26, 2022
Hill was designated for assignment by the Mariners on Wednesday.
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Claimed by Seattle
OFSeattle Mariners  NRI
August 5, 2022
Hill was claimed off waivers by the Mariners on Friday.
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Loses 40-man spot
OFDetroit Tigers  NRI
August 1, 2022
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Sent to minors
OFDetroit Tigers  NRI
June 13, 2022
Hill was optioned to Triple-A Toledo following Monday's game against the White Sox, Evan Woodbery of MLive.com reports.
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