Originally Posted by Superdude
BA drools over stolen bases so much. Hamilton at #2 and especially LaMarre at #10 is way off IMO.
It isn't BA. It is scouts. Scouts will absolutely overrate speed more than any other tool a player has. With that said, I certainly get them ranking both players where they did. Hamilton has the chance to be a special defensive player. He can simply make plays that you can't teach other guys. He gets to balls that very good shortstops only dream of getting to. If he can develop into the type of defender his ceiling suggests he could, he doesn't have to hit much to be a very good player. LaMarre, while not having the same defensive ceiling as Hamilton does have a good defensive ceiling at a premiere position and that position also isn't flush with good bats. If he can OPS .775 and play the defense that is expected of him, he is probably a borderline All-Star caliber player (in terms of value, not the guys who get voted in).