Originally Posted by dougdirt
Outside of just being a plus speed guy, can you tell me the difference between the MLB projections for Billy Hamilton and Ryan LaMarre, both in CF since you think that is where he will wind up, that makes such an enormous gap between the two players? Don't get me wrong, I have Hamilton higher than LaMarre, but I don't think the difference between where the two could wind up is all that different. Hamilton will have more steals and more range in CF, while LaMarre will have more power at the plate and a much better arm in the outfield. Everything else they do looks very similar to me. You have one guy as the best prospect we have and the other fighting to be bench fodder.
As for the Drew Stubbs comparison.... he had a hot 3 weeks to end the season in Louisville which culminated his season with a .788 OPS over three levels.
You answered your own question - better speed and better range. Hamilton's speed will not only help in SB, but should help his AVG and SLG as has been discussed on the board. I think Hamilton could be a significant difference maker at the top of the order, whereas I see LaMarre being more of a Heisey/Stubbs type with significantly less power. One translates to a top-of-the-order disruptor while the other translates to a 4th OF.
Hamilton is also two years younger, which I think is pretty significant when talking about prospects. And he can switch-hit. And has the potential to be a plus-plus defender (in CF) who can make out-of-this-world defensive plays. And finally, I do think Hamilton gets a slight bump due to his potential for positional flexibility- the fact that he could remain in the middle infield. It certainly should help his trade value, which I think directly correlates to "prospect rankings."
And for what it's worth, I don't think that LaMarre is "fighting to be bench fodder." Rather, I think he has a very good chance of being bench fodder (which is no small feat to be a 4th OF at the major league level).