07-24-2011, 02:15 PM
Join Date: Mar 2001
Re: Important Milestone For Billy Hamilton
Originally Posted by mace
Anybody know how good of a bunter he is?
Obviously, he wreaks havoc when he gets on base. For those of you who don't read the minor-league game threads, here are the first and last runs scored in Dayton's walkoff victory Saturday night:
First inning . . .
*Billy Hamilton singles on a ground ball to pitcher Drew Tyson.
*With Ronald Torreyes batting, throwing error by Drew Tyson on the pickoff attempt, Billy Hamilton to 2nd.
*With Ronald Torreyes batting, Billy Hamilton advances to 3rd on a balk.
*With Ronald Torreyes batting, wild pitch by Drew Tyson, Billy Hamilton scores.
Ninth inning . . .
* Billy Hamilton walks.
* With Ronald Torreyes batting, throwing error by Blake Treinen on the pickoff attempt, Billy Hamilton to 2nd.
* Ronald Torreyes hits a sacrifice bunt. Throwing error by first baseman A. J. Kirby-Jones. Billy Hamilton scores. Ronald Torreyes to 1st.
So in two times on base, while the next batter was up, he induced three errors, a balk and a wild pitch. And scored twice without a subsequent hit. In fact, the only ball put in play on those two occasions was a sac bunt. And all of that came without a steal, which he does at a more prolific clip than anyone else in organized ball right now.
The one thing I haven't seen anything on is his bunting ability. Is he very good and is it something he works on on a regular basis? If not, its a crime. He's gonna get more than his share of infield hits as it now. Being able to become even a halfway decent bunter alone could add20-30 points to his OBP, IMO.