30 Prospects In 30 Days: OF Derek Hill

In this edition of 30 Prospects in 30 Days, we focus on outfielder Derek Hill, a 6’2″, 175 lb senior at Elk Grove High School In California.

Scouting Grades: Hit: 50 | Power: 45 | Run: 70 | Arm: 50 | Field: 65 | Overall: 50

Derek_HillOrsino Hill reached Triple-A as an outfielder and now scouts Northern California for the Dodgers and now one of the best 2014 prospects in his area also happens to be his son.

Derek Hill is one of the fastest players and best defensive players in this year’s high school class.

He glides around center field and has a very solid throwing arm that is stronger than most at his position.

Though, his defense isn’t his only game as Hill has offensive potential as well. With his wheels, bat speed, line-drive swing and mature approach, he should have no trouble hitting for a high average in the Major Leagues.

Hill also has some gap power with the potential for more as he builds strength.

He has played at the varsity level since his sophomore year and has .458 with 20 doubles, 15 triples, and 36 steals in 84 games and 308 plate appearances.

Hill has the potential to be a prototypical leadoff hitter in the big leagues and should be one of the first prep outfielders drafted on Thursday.

Tune in tomorrow at 6pm ET for the next edition of 30 Prospects in 30 Days: RHP Luis Ortiz

Matt Stein is a season-credentialed media member covering the Tampa Bay Rays and Tampa Bay Buccaneers, also assisting with coverage of USF Athletics. He attended the University of Tampa and graduated with a Bachelor's of Science in Sport Management.