Detroit Tigers outfielder Derek Hill is back in the big leagues this season after being recalled from the minors toward the end of April.

After outfielder Victor Reyes was placed on the 10-day injured list, the Tigers decided to call up Hill for the first time this season.


Hill has not wasted any time since being called up, hitting .250 and recording a hit in four of the five games he’s appeared in.


“It’s nice to be able to get my feet wet last year,” he said in an article from “I feel like I can pick back up where I left off. So we’ll see.”

For those who weren’t following the Tigers last season, Hill appeared in 49 games and hit .259 with three home runs and 14 RBI.

He spent time playing in the minors and with the Tigers and he made an immediate impact when he joined the team out of Motown.

Toward the end of last season, Hill suffered a knee injury that forced him to miss the remainder of the season.

It was very unfortunate for Hill because he was playing some of his best baseball of the season. But it’s always about how you bounce back from an injury and Hill was not going to let that knee injury hold him back at all.

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When Hill was in the lineup, it was like a burst of energy that the Tigers needed.

This brother plays fearless out there and he always leaves it all on the field. Speed kills and Hill definitely possesses that attribute.

In the field, Hill can cover a lot of ground and playing at Comerica Park, you need to be able to do that because there’s a lot of room out there.

It’s a beauty watching Hill and seeing him make diving grabs and going all out for balls.

That’s the type of player that can make an impact on a team and Hill has made a name for himself just from his talent on the field.

At the plate, Hill can cause havoc for defenses because of his ability to get on base and put pressure on the opposing team.

Oh and he knows a thing or two about hitting walk off game-winning hits.

He hit his first career walk off last season in September against the Milwaukee Brewers.

It was the bottom of the 11th inning and Hill ripped a double to right center to score the winning run.

“AJ said if I didn’t get the bunt down in the first couple pitches, just swing away,” Hill told The Detroit News after that game. “I’m glad it worked out. Thankful to how the boys battled the entire game. I just came in and did what I could to help the team.”

Don’t be surprised if you see more clutch knocks and web gems during his time with the Tigers.

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