6. Derek Hill
2016 Affiliate: West Michigan Whitecaps
This very easily could have been Gerber’s place in the rankings, but Hill’s considerable upside as an elite table setter are hard to ignore.
A first-pick of the Tigers in 2014, Hill initially struggled with the bat, hitting .212, .203 and .238 at his first three stops.
Despite the struggles, Hill turned in a solid campaign for Western Michigan in 2016. In just 93 games, the center fielder hit .266 with a .312 on-base percentage. In addition, he also chipped in with 31 RBI, 17 doubles, six triples and a home run.
While those numbers won’t jump off the page, Hill’s run scored and stolen base totals will. In just 93 games, the 20-year-old crossed home 66 times while stealing 35 bases.
The outfielder is still years away from cracking the Major League roster, but when he does, he’ll be there to stay. Should Cameron Maybin stick around for a few more years, he’ll likely serve as a bridge to Hill, who is the Tigers center fielder and leadoff hitter of the future.