Derek Hill will have another opportunity to make significant contributions for the Detroit Tigers.
The Tigers recalled the talented outfielder from Triple-A Toledo on July 16.
Hill has already made multiple appearances with the Tigers this season. His last appearance was on June 30th when he went 1-for-2 at the plate with two RBI and a run scored.
He made his debut this season with the Tigers on April 21st.
Hill recorded his first hit on June 5th against the Chicago White Sox.
A few days later he had his first multi-hit game.
This MLBbro has made quite the impact in his limited action this season for the Tigers and now he’s getting another opportunity to display his skills.
The Tigers are very high on Hill and what he can do on the field.
“I really wanted him back in the big leagues to man center field quite a bit,” Tigers manager AJ Hinch told the Detroit Free Press. “Derek’s defense is really second to none in our organization in the outfield.”
Now Hill has another shot to remain on the Tigers throughout the remainder of the season as All-Star break has ended.
There’s no question that Hill has what it takes to play in the big leagues as he already displayed his skill set.
Through eight games this season, Hill is batting .286 with four hits in 14 at-bats.
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Detroit has seen a variety of outfielders throughout the course of the season as players have been dealing with injuries left and right. Opportunities abound for a young player who can find some consistency and secure a starting job.
During the month of June, Hill made his second stint with the Tigers during the season after playing two games with the team in April.
Hill had an impressive month as he hit .308 in six games with three RBI and four stolen bases.
He faced a minor setback in June as he suffered an injury during a game after making an outstanding catch in center field.
He suffered a right shoulder sprain as he collided with the wall when he made the catch. Hill was put on the 10-day injured list on June 10th.
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The Tigers had a decision to make when Hill came off the injured list. Hill was sent back down to Triple-A and it wasn’t an easy decision for the Tigers to make.
“I’m not sure if it’s the best fit, it’s just the decision that we made,” Hinch said about the decision to send Hill back down to Triple-A. “We have to make decisions in real-time, and the outfield is really crowded.”
For Hill, the decision did not affect him at all because he knows that at the end of the day, wherever he’s playing, he’s going to give max effort and the plan is the same.
“There’s always a plan,” he said. “I just keep my head down and work as hard as I can.”
“I didn’t have any expectations going into it,” Hill said about being sent back down to Triple-A. “I’ve learned to just keep an open mind. Whatever happens, happens. Whatever team I’m on, I’m going to try my best to help that team win. And that’s all I can do.”
Now Hill is back on the Tigers’ roster and he’s going to continue to do what he does best.
There’s a reason why Detroit keeps bringing him back up to the majors and hopefully this time, they won’t have to send him back down.