MLBbro Derek Hill’s Turn To Burn In The D…Again

MLBbro Derek Hill’s Turn To Burn In The D…Again

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 www.mlive.com. “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.

Derek Hill’s First Career Walk Off Won’t Be His Last

Derek Hill’s First Career Walk Off Won’t Be His Last

Detroit Tigers outfielder Derek Hill has had a season to remember.

This brother has come through when his number has been called upon at the plate and in the field.

On Tuesday, once again, Hill came through for the Tigers. This time it was at the plate.

In the bottom of the 11th, Hill was up to bat with a runner on second base. And what did our MLBbro do?

Well, he ripped a double to right-center to bring in the winning run. It was his first career walk-off.

When he was up to bat, he knew he had a job to do and though he faced some adversity during that at-bat, it didn’t phase him one bit.

“AJ said if I didn’t get the bunt down in the first couple pitches, just swing away,” Hill told The Detroit News after the 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.”

“I think we are built for the long haul and to compete from the first pitch to the last pitch,” Hill said. “That’s the culture that’s been instilled in this club and it’s exciting to watch.”

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Hill has helped the Tigers become an exciting team to watch this season. Even though they won’t make the playoffs they are filled with talented, young players like Hill.

And Hill has battled numerous injuries throughout the season, but when he’s out there on that field, he makes his presence known.

Through 47 games, Hill is batting .261 with three home runs, 14 RBI, and six stolen bases.

The future’s looking bright for the Tigers with players like Hill on the team. At 25, he’s making a strong case to be a mainstay in the outfield.

Playing in a ballpark like Comerica Park, you have to have some range to roam that spacious outfield, and Hill can do just that.

He gets really good reads on balls and he’s not afraid to lay out for a ball. That is the kind of mentality that the Tigers need and that’s why Hill continues to be in the lineup.

 

Hill had a lot of success during his time in the minors and that’s a big reason why the Tigers brought him up.

And he has not disappointed either.

When he first joined the team this season, he had to prove himself and show that he belonged in the big leagues.

He put together some impressive performances and now he’s a player that’s a popular name in Motown.

If Hill can continue to stay healthy, there’s no question that the Tigers will keep him on board.

He provides that spark that the team needs and he has a winning attitude and will do whatever it takes to win.

Keep balling out here Hill, we’re watching you and the success you’re having this season.

#HIGHFIVE | Top 5 Black & Brown MLB Players (Week 21)

#HIGHFIVE | Top 5 Black & Brown MLB Players (Week 21)

We are dancing into September, the final month of the regular season and the official beginning of the race for pennants and playoff spots.

It is also the final chance for players to make their cases for MVP considerations, and Yankees All-Star Aaron Judge has put his name atop the ballot with his play and the team’s current hot streak. 

For that, he takes the top spot on Week 21 of our #HighFive List.

1. Aaron Judge  

We have been saying it all year, and it becomes clearer and clearer with each passing day; Aaron Judge should have his name in every conversation when discussing who should win the American League MVP award.

Even though Judge was named as a starter for the American League All-Star team, he still has gone underappreciated and undervalued on talk shows and other media outlets.

 

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Last week Judge was in the four spot on our #High/Five list and also earned the honor of being named Rob Parker’s Home Boi Highlights.

Judge has yet to slow down, specifically since the trade deadline where the Yankees went from basement dwellers to the front runners to make it into the one game wild card play-in.

Over his last seven games, Judge is batting .500 yes .500!! He has powered three home runs and driven in 10 RBI while posting a .893 slugging percentage and an on base percentage over .540.

The numbers for Judge over his last 26 games have put the rest of the Majors on notice, as he continues to prove he is a top 10 player in the game.  He is slashing .368/.456/.684 with six doubles, eight home runs, 28 RBI and four steals 

The Yankees now claim a two-game lead for the top wild card spot and will look to extend it against Cedric Mullins and the Baltimore Orioles.

 

2. Devin Williams

Last year’s National League Rookie of the Year Devin Williams got off to a slow start to begin his sophomore campaign, but lately he has shown he is one of the top relief pitchers in the game.

 

During the month of August, Williams pitched 14 innings and did not give up a single earned run.  He also struck out 22 batters and only walked three.

Williams is proving this year that last year’s Rookie of the Year season was no fluke. 

Over his last 30 games, Williams has a 0.32 ERA in 28 innings with 43 strikeouts, a 0.93 and only one earned run.

Last season, in 27 innings he had a 0.33 ERA with 53 strikeouts and a 0.63 WHIP

3. Josh Bell

Most parts of the Nationals 2021 season may be forgettable, but the play of Josh Bell cannot go unnoticed.  He has been a regular on our #High/Five list as last week he found himself and the five spot.

 

Bell’s week was highlighted by a two-homer performance against the Mets on Sunday.

His hitting streak was extended to nine games with an RBI single Thursday against the Phillies and he also has hits in 14 of his last 15 games.

Over his last seven games Bell is batting .400 with two home runs, six RBI and three runs scored.

This weekend Bell and his Nationals travel to Sunny South Beach to take on Jazz Chisholm Jr. and the Miami Marlins.

4. Giancarlo Stanton

Giancarlo Stanton is the heavyweight champion of all Big League batters, and he claims the four spot on our #High/Five list as he continues to storm through the second half of the season.

Stanton put on a light show in the batter’s box last week.  He homered in four consecutive games then added another one three days later.

During Stanton’s last seven games he has four home runs, seven RBI, four runs and a .778 slugging percentage.

The two Twin Towers of Power in New York will travel to Baltimore for a Labor Day weekend series against the O’s.

5. Derek Hill

Derek Hill makes his first appearance this season on our #High/Five list this year and becomes the second Tiger to claim the honor after Akil “The Thrill” Baddoo.

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Hill is one of the best young defenders patrolling center field that the Majors has to offer, but his first career time hitting home runs in back-to-back games is what propelled him this week.

Over his last seven games, Hill is hitting .333 with a .667 slugging percentage, two home runs and four runs scored.

This weekend Hill and the Tigers will battle against the wild card hopeful Cincinnati Reds.

Derek Hill Is A Multi-Talented Spark Plug For The Detroit Tigers | The MLBbro Was Mashing This Week

Derek Hill Is A Multi-Talented Spark Plug For The Detroit Tigers | The MLBbro Was Mashing This Week

Rookie outfielder Derek Hill has made the most of his opportunities with the Detroit Tigers. And lately Hill has come alive at the plate. Let’s take a second to look at these numbers from the rookie.

In his last seven games, he’s batting .333 with two home runs and three RBI. On the season he is hitting .275 with three home runs, 16 runs scored, six steals and 11 RBI through 37 games.

The Tigers have dealt with injuries to its outfield all season and a lot of shuffling has been made. But Hill has made sure that he capitalizes on his opportunities.

 

 

For the first time in his career, Hill homered in consecutive games. 

He accomplished this on August 30th and August 31st. Hill saw the ball really well at the plate in both those games.

On August 30th against the Minnesota Twins, he went 2-for-3 at the plate and then the next day against the Oakland Athletics, he went 3-for-5. So in a span of two days this brother went 5-for-8 at the plate with two bombs. That’s how you make some noise right there.

Hill has become a respected player in the Motor City and more and more people are getting a chance to see what all he brings to the team.

 

 

Our MLBbro has provided a spark for the Tigers with his bat and glove. He is fearless and has exceptional range in the outfield. If he can avoid injury, a starting job is in his future. 

He was reinstated from the injured list on August 21st from a left rib cage contusion after colliding with Akil Baddoo on August 10th. This isn’t the first time that Hill has been injured during the season. Even with the injuries he’s dealt with he still has made a positive impact on the team.

Tigers manager AJ Hinch knows that it’s been a tough ride for Hill this season.

“Each time he’s gotten hurt, he’s been right at the cusp of breaking through and doing some really positive things and playing a lot more regularly than he ever has at this level,” Hinch told the Detroit Free Press. “Getting his energy, getting his outfield defense commanding center field is going to be huge for us.”

 

 

“The playing time is going to be on a day-to-day basis,” Hinch said. “We’ll see what lineup I put out there. But when (Hill is) out there, I feel total confidence that center field is going to be patrolled with great success.”

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While he might not be an every day starter, he’s putting himself in a good position to make the roster next year when the season starts. 

Derek Hill may not have been a player that people were aware of at the start of the season, but now people around the league are starting to get hip to the talents of our fellow MLBbro.

Keep it up Hill, the streets is watching !