Originally Posted by dougdirt
Dan Patrick was an all-state high school basketball player. Doesn't mean he was a great athlete.
Billy Hamilton's speed is what made him good in track. It is what made him good in football. It is part of what makes him good in baseball. Take away Hamilton's insane speed and make him just a fast runner (let's say he is just as fast as Didi Gregorius, who is an above-average runner), does anyone really think he is some elite athlete? Don't get me wrong, he is a very good athlete, but as an athlete from top to bottom, he doesn't stand out among the field aside from his pure speed. He doesn't have a good arm, he has an average arm. He doesn't have outstanding bat speed, he has solid bat speed. He doesn't have good hands, he has average hands. He doesn't have average strength, he has below average strength. I just don't see it guys, not to the point where he is some super athlete among other top end of the spectrum athletes.
He has superior coordination. The most important part of athleticism. That's what makes him a great wide receiver, and great basketball player, and why he is learning how to hit so quickly.
What you're missing is that the key tools that you need to succeed in baseball do not require athleticism. Having athleticism helps, but you can be a great hitter and even a great fielder through hard work and intelligence, and be a below average athlete. You also can be a bad hitter and a bad fielder and be a super athlete.
Saying that Hamilton is a super athlete does not mean ths he will be a super or even good baseball player.