Originally Posted by dougdirt
Every single guy playing minor league baseball is a very good athlete though. Tools are something that are considered natural. Skills are the thing that are generally based upon the work put in with those tools.
I feel like I am ripping Hamilton here, but I really like the kid as a prospect, I just don't really see him as some super athlete simply because he is incredibly fast. His other 'athletic' things he does on the baseball field just don't really stack up as being stand out compared to the guys on the field with him.
All minor and major leaguers are very good athletes, some are great athletes, and some are very great or super athletes. And of the five tools, speed and arm are really the only ones that are mostly natural. Hitting for average and power and playing defense are clearly skills that players can improve with hard work, intelligence and dedication. Being able to hit has very little to do with athleticism. Just look at John Kruk, lol.
Hamilton is a super athlete not because he is fast, but because he has superior coordination, strength (for his size) and quickness as well.