Originally Posted by Jamz
Also it would be really nice if he took up an intense study in bunting.
He's bunting now about once every 8-10 at-bats.
And it's been incredibly successful when it's a fair ball.
Hamilton, if he were to bunt at the Juan Pierre/ Brett Butler level, would become a legitimate threat to hit .350 at the major league level and still not break a 750 OPS. (Unless, of course, his swing has been revamped, as he was supposedly working on this summer and in Spring Training.) The early returns on that swing are certainly encouraging, to say the least.
With apologies to Mike Trout, Jonathan Singleton, and Wil Myers, at this point, Hamilton has perhaps the gaudiest numbers in minor league baseball. The batting average, the OPS, and the stolen bases together-- especially at a premium position like SS-- make him stand out on the list of ten best.
That may not translate to gaudy numbers in another league, but it's encouraging. Just like the second half of last year (BA over .350, OBP over .400) at Dayton was.
He's absolutely demolishing the California League.
He's showing a BB rate much improved over his career numbers. He's showing a K rate much improved over his career numbers-- five percent better than his time in Dayton and with the Gulf Coast Reds and almost 2% better than Billings. He's showing improved slugging.
If he goes 350/400/450 on the season as a SS and once again steals 100 bases at a high rate, he might be among the top five or six prospects in the game.
That's what has many Red fans super excited about him.