LF,CF - BAL
The Baltimore Orioles have claimed outfielder Sam Hilliard off waivers from the Atlanta Braves.
After parts of four seasons with the Rockies, Hilliard was a fairly solid contributor for the Braves in 2023. He hit .236 with three homers, four stolen bases, and a .726 OPS across 40 MLB games while also appearing in four contests with Triple-A Gwinnett.
Sam Hilliard has been placed on the 10-day IL due to a right heel contusion.
Hilliard will hit the IL after being removed from Tuesday's game after one plate appearance. The Braves selected Seth Elledge and released Danny Young in corresponding moves.
Sam Hilliard went 2-for-4 with two home runs, three RBI and a stolen base during Atlanta's win over Miami on Monday.
Hilliard had a great all-around game, starting with a two-run shot in the fourth inning followed by a solo blast in the sixth inning. He also swiped second base in the second inning, collecting his fourth of the season. When he is seeing the plate, he's hitting well, producing a solid .333/.412/.622 with three home runs and five RBI over 17 games but is currently best left on the waiver wire.
Atlanta Braves outfielder Sam Hilliard is out of Monday's starting lineup against the Padres.
With Padres lefty Ryan Weathers on the mound the Braves are stacking right-handed bats which leaves the lefty-swinging Hilliard out of the fold. Traded to Atlanta after being DFA'd by the Rockies, Hilliard is off to a hot start, hitting .308 with one homer, two steals, an 18.8% BB%, and a .976 OPS across 32 plate appearances with his new club. Eli White will take over in center field and hit ninth.
Sam Hilliard was traded to the Atlanta Braves in exchange for right-hander Dylan Spain.
Hillard will now join an already crowded outfield in Atlanta. The 28-year-old slashed .184/.280/.264 with two home runs and 14 runs batted in last season with Colorado. For fantasy purposes, his role with the Braves likely will not be clear until spring training.