At the Park Scouting Report: Derek Hill

Recently named the Tigers second best prospect, get an updated first hand report on how outfielder Derek Hill has looked in his first full pro season with the Whitecaps from associate scout John Moore.

Name: Derek Hill
Position: Outfielder
Date of Birth: 12/30/1995
Bats/Throws: Right/Right
Dates Observed: April, May, June 2015
Acquired: 2014 MLB Draft, 1st Round

Body: (6’ 2”, 195) Appears accurate; thin frame; might grow another inch or two; Some strength might also be added; thin, athletic frame with room to grow and mature physically.

Hit: Currently hit tool is poor; some mechanical tweaks needed in swing; hands are ok; everything else in his swing is far out in front; needs to work on keeping everything back; with current swing mechanics he struggles to hit the ball with much leverage; shows good bat speed; line drive swing; running speed will add some infield hits. Grade: Present 2/Future 5

Power: Has shown some raw power; frame and swing currently limit in game power; right now it’s mostly gap power; with swing overhaul and some added strength more homerun type power will develop. Grade: Present 2/ Future 4+

Speed: Very good runner; clocked as low as 3.94 H to 1st ; gets out of box quickly; definitely a threat to steal some bases; potential for 30+ stolen bases a year at peak. Grade: Present 8/ Future 7+

Defense: A very good defender in center; gets great reads off bat; takes really good, efficient routes; great range; one of the best defensive center fielders in the entire organization; will most likely be able to stay in center long term and move to a corner outfield spot at the end of his career. Grade: Present 6+/ Future 7

Arm: Average arm strength; makes good accurate throws; good enough arm to stick in center long term. Grade: Present 5/ Future 5

Other: Has shown very good make-up on the field during warm-ups; consistently works hard before games to improve.

Summary: A ton to like; huge upside; has potential to be a very solid contributor on a major league team; development of the bat is crucial; won’t be helping out at the major league level until late 2018 or early 2019;

Projection: Ceiling is potentially a first division regular; hit tool could limit ceiling and may end up a second division regular.

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