Derek Hill is an American professional baseball center fielder from Des Moines, Iowa, in the United States, where he also grew up with his mother and also spent his summers in Northern California with his father, where he played baseball for select teams.
He relocated to Sacramento in 2011 and enrolled at Elk Grove High School in Elk Grove, California. In his senior season, he hit.500 (47-for-94), with 11 doubles, seven triples, 30 runs batted in (RBI), and 29 stolen bases.
Hill was selected 23rd overall in the first round of the 2014 Major League Baseball Draft by the Detroit Tigers. On June 11, the Tigers announced that they had reached an agreement with Hill on a two-year contract that includes a $2 million signing bonus.
He had already signed a letter of intent to play collegiate baseball for the University of Oregon. Hill started the 2021 season at the Tigers’ alternative training facility in Toledo before being sent to the AAA Toledo Mud Hens in May.
Following Victor Reyes’ injury on June 3, Hill was recalled to the big league team. On August 8, Hill hit his first major league home run, a three-run drive to left-center off Zach Plesac of the Cleveland Indians. Hill was placed on the 10-day injured list on August 11 after suffering a left ribcage contusion the night before in a collision with left fielder Akil Baddoo.