The 2014 MLB Draft begins three weeks from today, and in his first mock draft for ESPN, Keith Law projects outfielder Derek Hill from Elk Grove High School in northern California to the Dodgers in the first round.
The Dodgers pick 22nd overall for the third time ever. In the two previous drafts at No.22 in the first round they picked infielder Dave Anderson (1981) and outfielder Tom Goodwin (1989).
Law says he's also heard the Dodgers linked to high school pitchers Sean Reid-Foley, Luis Ortiz and Justus Sheffield with their first pick. The Dodgers under director of amateur scouting Logan White took a high school pitcher with their first pick six times from 2003-2010. Last week, Baseball America predicted Georgia high school pitcher Spencer Adams to the Dodger at No. 22.
Hill is a 6'2, 170-pound outfielder who bats and throws right-handed. He is the son of the Dodgers northern California area scout Orsino Hill, who played outfield in 12 minor league seasons in the Reds, Expos, Pirates, Cubs, White Sox, Athletics and Angels system.
Derek Hill after last July's Tournament of Stars was described by Clint Longenecker of Baseball America as "one of the top defensive players in the class and has a knack for making highlight-reel catches. He also has an average present arm." Hill was also clocked several times from home to first from 4.0-4.1 seconds, per Longenecker.
Hill is committed to Oregon.
Here is video of Hill in San Diego last October from Big League Futures: