Sam Hilliard
Sam Hilliard
26-Year-Old OutfielderOF
Colorado Rockies
2020 Fantasy Outlook
Hilliard's age (turns 26 in February) is misleading for a player who didn't reach the majors until late last season. A former pitcher, he didn't move to the outfield until 2015 at Wichita State, so he is relatively new to this. His age, 29.3 K% and the hitting environment of the Pacific Coast League led many to discount a 35-homer/22-steal campaign at Triple-A, but he was even better in his cup of coffee (138 wRC+, .377 ISO, 26.4 K%). His most impressive feat was a game-tying opposite-field home run off fellow southpaw Josh Hader. Per Statcast, he had the same sprint speed (29.1 ft/sec) as Scott Kingery, so he has the potential to steal double-digit bases in a full season. With the speed for center and the arm for right, Hilliard provides Colorado with defensive versatility and offensive upside. He may get jerked around early in the year but has a chance to settle in as a Rockies regular for years to come. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a contract with the Rockies in June of 2015 that includes a $100,000 signing bonus.
Optioned to alternate camp
OFColorado Rockies  AAA
September 17, 2020
Hilliard was optioned to the Rockies' alternate training site Thursday, Patrick Saunders of The Denver Post reports.
ANALYSIS
Hilliard wasn't in the starting lineup over the past seven games, and he'll now head to the alternate training site where he should see more consistent work. It's unclear whether Hilliard will rejoin the major-league club during the 2020 campaign.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
5
15
vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
1
1
Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2018
 
 
+14%
OPS vs RHP
2020
 
 
+45%
OPS vs RHP
2019
 
 
+15%
OPS vs LHP
2018
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OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2018vs Left .808 45 4 3 5 0 .250 .333 .475
Since 2018vs Right .923 134 20 10 18 5 .256 .328 .595
2020vs Left .600 25 2 1 2 0 .240 .240 .360
2020vs Right .871 67 9 5 8 3 .237 .328 .542
2019vs Left 1.117 20 2 2 3 0 .267 .450 .667
2019vs Right .974 67 11 5 10 2 .274 .328 .645
2018vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2018vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2018
 
 
+31%
OPS at Home
2020
 
 
+7%
OPS at Home
2019
 
 
+50%
OPS at Home
2018
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OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2018Home 1.019 88 16 6 12 3 .316 .386 .633
Since 2018Away .775 91 8 7 11 2 .195 .275 .500
2020Home .826 38 5 1 4 1 .314 .368 .457
2020Away .769 54 6 5 6 2 .184 .259 .510
2019Home 1.173 50 11 5 8 2 .318 .400 .773
2019Away .782 37 2 2 5 0 .212 .297 .485
2018Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2018Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Stat Review
How does Sam Hilliard compare to other hitters?
This section compares his stats with all batting seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 400 plate appearances)*. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.

* Exit Velocity and Barrels/PA % are benchmarked against 2019 data (min 400 PA) and Hard Hit Rate is benchmarked against last season's data (min 400 PA). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • BB/K
    Walk to strikeout ratio
  • BB Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a walk.
  • K Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a strikeout.
  • BABIP
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many of a batter’s balls in play go for hits.
  • ISO
    Isolated Power. Slugging percentage minus batting average. A computation used to measure a batter's raw power.
  • AVG
    Batting average. Hits divided by at bats.
  • OBP
    On Base Percentage. A measure of how often a batters reaches base. Roughly equal to number of times on base divided by plate appearances.
  • SLG
    Slugging Percentage. A measure of the batting productivity of a hitter. It is calculated as total bases divided by at bats.
  • OPS
    On base plus slugging. THe sum of a batter's on-base percentage and slugging percentage.
  • wOBA
    Weighted on-base average. Measures a player's overall offensive contributions per plate appearance. wOBA combines all the different aspects of hitting into one metric, weighting each of them in proportion to their actual run value.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Hard Hit Rate
    A measure of contact quality from Sports Info Solutions. This stat explains what percentage of batted balls were hit hard vs. medium or soft.
  • Barrels/PA
    The percentage of plate appearances where a batter had a batted ball classified as a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
BB/K
0.24
 
BB Rate
8.7%
 
K Rate
35.9%
 
BABIP
.311
 
ISO
.250
 
AVG
.238
 
OBP
.304
 
SLG
.488
 
OPS
.792
 
wOBA
.344
 
Exit Velocity
81.4 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
37.3%
 
Barrels/PA
6.5%
 
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2017 Fantasy Outlook
Hilliard has made quite an impression in his first two professional seasons with the Rockies. Drafted in the 15th round of the 2015 draft out of Wichita State, the left-handed outfielder possesses a powerful frame at 6-foot-5, 225 pounds. In his one season of rookie ball, Hilliard slashed .306/.397/.532 in 262 plate appearances. He displayed good patience at the plate and finished his first season with a 13.7 percent walk rate. In his second minor league season, this time with Low-A Asheville, the 22-year-old hit .267/.348/.449, belted 17 home runs and stole 30 bases in 527 plate appearances. Those numbers should be slightly discounted, given the favorable hitting conditions at Asheville (.832 home OPS, .761 road OPS) and the fact that at 22 he was slightly older than league average. His combination of power and speed make him an intriguing prospect, but he's still got some kinks to work out in his game. Despite walking at a solid clip, he will need to cut down on his strikeouts as he posted a 28.5 percent strikeout rate at Asheville.
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Not seeing work
OFColorado Rockies  AAA
September 16, 2020
Hilliard is out of the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Athletics, Patrick Saunders of The Denver Post reports.
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Goes deep in loss
OFColorado Rockies  AAA
September 4, 2020
Hilliard went 1-for-4 with a solo home run during Friday's loss to the Dodgers.
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Launches fifth homer
OFColorado Rockies  AAA
September 2, 2020
Hilliard went 2-for-4 with a home run and three RBI during Wednesday's win over the Giants.
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Not in lineup Tuesday
OFColorado Rockies  AAA
September 1, 2020
Hilliard isn't starting Tuesday against the Giants, Patrick Saunders of The Denver Post reports.
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Retreats to bench Saturday
OFColorado Rockies  AAA
August 29, 2020
Hilliard is not in the starting lineup Saturday against the Padres.
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