Name: Derek Hill
Date of Birth: 12/30/1995
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.