The MLB Draft starts today, and the Giants will get two picks for us to chime in about in the 14th and 52nd overall selections. You can use this post as a reference for Draft prospects and their ranking across Baseball America, MLB.com, and ESPN. Baseball America has also provided us with five mock drafts this draft season, and with their fourth and fifth mock, have the Giants selecting high school outfielder Derek Hill.
A video from Baseball America with a side view of his swing
The MLB.com video and report on Hill:
Two videos from Baseball Prospectus:
Hill is listed at 6’2″/175 outfielder, and now to compile the quotes about the young man out of Elk Glove (future Giants AAA territory?), cousin of Darryl Strawberry and son of a Dodgers scout.
“Rumors related to San Francisco are all over the board. This is our current favorite: Derek Hill isn’t a consensus top 15 pick, but he has the plus center-field defensive tools that fit with the cavernous parks of the National League West. Plus, his dad Orsinio Hill scouts for the Dodgers, so there’s a rivalry tweak for added fun.” –BA Mock 4.0
“No one has dissuaded us from last mock’s Derek Hill rumor here. The Giants also could pounce on Newcomb if he’s available.” –BA Mock 5.0
“Derek Hill is one of the fastest players and best defensive players in this year’s high school class. He ran sub-6.4 60-yard-dashes on the showcase circuit this summer, and he glides around center field. He also has a solid arm, stronger than most at his position.” — MLB.com
“Hill has a quick righthanded stroke and works inside the ball, showing strike zone awareness. Scouts believe he’ll also show power when he begins hitting the ball to his pull side more frequently. Hill rarely swings and misses in the zone, but will expand the zone against secondary stuff. His swing is geared more toward line drives with below-average over-the-fence power. ” —Baseball America
“The concern with Hill is upside. He’s unlikely to produce big numbers offensively, and there’s a large chance that he’ll just be a fourth outfielder as a professional. If he maxes out though, he’s a potential leadoff hitter capable of stealing bases and providing above-average defense in center field.” –ESPN Insider Player Card
“Scouting Grades: Hit: 50 | Power: 45 | Run: 70 | Arm: 50 | Field: 65 | Overall: 50″ –MLB.com
Derek Hill is listed as the #22 overall prospect by Baseball America, #20 by MLB.com, and #11 by ESPN. No doubt if the Giants drafted Derek Hill the casual Giants fan will immediately start thinking about Gary Brown and wonder if the young Hill can be better than that. In a draft that’s being touted as having the pitching depth, getting a good future MLB position player early on may be a good strategy.