Originally Posted by TOBTTReds
Playing devils advocate here...
The Dragons have a darn nice infield
I've heard nothing that makes him an above average fielder
Great quickness/speed hardly makes you have great range in the IF
I've only read that his arm is below average for SS, and will have to move to 2B.
I hope he's a SS forever, if not, would love to see him in CF.
1) It's a darn nice infield for a minor league stadium. It's nothing like a major league infield.
2) Superior range has been discussed on this board and by scouts and Red personnel ad nauseum vis a vis Hamilton. It's one of his best tools. The apochryphal story from Billy Doran about Hamilton catching the ball steps away from the warning track in left field is an example.
3) See two. Add scouting services that rate his reaction time as superior. Add in solid reviews of his glove.
4) If you've been told his arm is below average, you've been told incorrectly. It's plenty good enough to play SS at the major league level. While it's not a plus tool, it's average at worst. Anyone who mentions the "weak arm" is simply spouting forth something they know nothing about. I guarantee they've never seen the kid play.