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Rangers Select Derek Hill – MLB Trade Rumors

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The Rangers announced that they have selected the contract of outfielder Derek Hill. Infielder Davis Wendzel was optioned after Sunday’s game, opening up a spot on the active roster. To open a 40-man spot, right-hander Austin Pruitt was transferred from to the 60-day injured list. Prior to the official announcement, Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News relayed on X that Hill was with the club.

Hill, 28, signed a minor league deal with the Rangers in the winter and has been playing in Triple-A so far this year. He has eight home runs in 142 plate appearances for Triple-A Round Rock this year and is currently batting .333/.387/.659 overall. Even in the hitter-friendly environment of the Pacific Coast League, that still translates to a 150 wRC+, or 50% better than league average.

The Rangers will be hoping that this represents some kind of turnaround for Hill, who has struggled in previous major league tries. He has 304 big league appearances to this point, mostly with the Tigers but also spending some time with the Nationals. He only hit four home runs in that time and had a line of just .229/.279/.314.

His performance in Triple-A this year has obviously been vastly better than that, but it’s not the first time he’s found success at that level. He 11 homers in 83 Triple-A games in the Nationals’ system last year while slashing .317/.373/.509 for a 119 wRC+. That got him a look in the majors but he was outrighted less than a month later after failing to transfer his strong results to the big leagues.

He doesn’t need to hit too much to be a useful player since his wheels allow him to steal some bases and run down some balls in the outfield. The Rangers will give him a try to see if this is the time where things finally click for him in the show.

The Rangers have been dealing with a few injuries to their outfield mix, which is likely part of the reason they called upon Hill today. Wyatt Langford has been on the injured list for a couple of weeks due to a hamstring strain. Evan Carter has only started once since May 8 due to some back stiffness. Adolis García has been dealing with some forearm soreness recently after colliding with Marcus Semien on a shallow fly ball. García last started on Saturday and isn’t the lineup tonight.

Hill gets a start tonight in the outfield next to Leody Taveras and Ezequiel Durán, with Robbie Grossman in the designated hitter slot. The playing time distribution going forward will likely depend upon those aforementioned health situations and the performance of everyone stepping in at the moment.

If Hill can find some success, he can be retained well into the future since he has less than two years of major league service time. However, he is out of options and can’t be easily sent back down later in the year.

As for Pruitt, he landed on the IL April 21 due to a right knee medial meniscus injury. He’ll now be ineligible to return until 60 days from that initial IL placement. That means he could be reinstated in about a month’s time if he’s healthy by then, though it’s unclear when the clubs expects him to be back in game shape.


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