Sailors claim Derek Hill and nominate Kevin Padlo

The Mariners claimed the outfielder Derek Hill excluding derogations from the Tigers, according to the announcements of the two teams. He had been designated for an assignment earlier in the week. The Mariners have announced they have designated an infielder Kevin Padlo for assignment in a corresponding movement.

Hill changes organizations for the first time in his professional career. The California native was a first-round pick by the Tigers in 2014, and he’s spent the last eight years working his way up the minor league ranks. He reached the majors for a cup of coffee in 2020, and he reappeared at the MLB level in each of the next two seasons. The right-handed outfielder hasn’t produced much at the plate so far, compiling a .240/.291/.339 line with four homers and a high strikeout rate of 29.9% in 254 home plate appearances. the major league.

The 26-year-old’s biggest appeal is his speed and defensive profile. He is a float-footed center fielder who evaluators have long suggested could be a more or better fielder. He swept nine goals on 12 attempts at the major league level, and he regularly pushed or exceeded 30 interceptions a year at the minors. That led to some hope that he could stick around as a fourth or fifth outfielder even though he struggled with top-tier pitching, but the Tigers continued amid a tough Triple-A offense. He has reached 0.217/0.269/0.325 in 30 games at this level this season, a disappointing follow-up to a performance of 0.320/0.377/0.504 from a similar number of shares a season ago.

Hill is in his final year as a minor league option. The Mariners can keep him at Triple-A Tacoma for the rest of 2022, but he’ll have to break camp with the team next season or face waivers if he stays on the 40-man roster until then.

Padlo, also 26, has changed hands several times over the past 12 months. Seattle initially took him off the Rays’ waivers last August, but they designated him for assignment in April. He was traded to the Giants, DFA again and picked up by the Mariners. The right-handed cornerman has only appeared in 10 MLB games this season between the two clubs, instead spending most of the year in Triple-A.

Through 248 minor league table appearances this season, the former fifth-round draft pick boasts a .246/.327/.455 line. That’s below-average production in the batter-friendly Pacific Coast League, but Padlo has been very successful with Double-A in his career. His combination of power and plate discipline has caught the eye of a few teams, and rival clubs will have another opportunity to add him over the next few days. With the trade deadline in the rearview mirror, the M’s have no choice but to place Padlo on a waiver now that he’s been dropped from the 40-man roster.

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