The Detroit Tigers decided to change things up a bit this year.

Rather than stay the course and grab another power arm Thursday, the Tigers instead selected a speedy outfielder in California high school center fielder Derek Hill with the No. 23 overall pick in this year's amateur draft.

It marks the first outfielder selected by the Tigers in the first round since they selected Cameron Maybin with the No. 10 overall pick in 2005. Hill is also the highest-selected position player taken by Detroit since Nick Castellanos was taken with the 44th pick in 2010.

A 6-foot-2, 195-pound center fielder, Hill was considered one of the fastest players and best defensive players in this year's high school class. He hit .500 with 11 doubles, seven triples, 29 stolen bases and 30 RBIs as a senior at Elk Grove High School in California.

"Derek is an excellent hitter, a great defensive outfielder and has electric speed," said David Chadd, the Tigers' vice president of amateur scouting. "We're pleased to have the opportunity to add him to our organization."

Hill is a cousin of former New York Mets outfielder Darryl Strawberry and the son of Orsino Hill, a scout in the Los Angeles Dodgers' organization.

Orsino played 12 years in the minor leagues as an outfielder with the Reds, Expos, Pirates, Cubs, White Sox, Athletics and Angels.