Re: Will Billy Hamilton be moved to CF?
Maybe its just me, but if Hamilton will concentrate on improving his OBP skills, I'm not sure the power will be much of an issue. Once he gets on base, he will be disruptive enough. The key is getting on base.
If you haven't already, you need to watch the videos mace posted from Baseball Prospectus a few posts back. In one of the videos, Hamilton came to bat with two outs and a runner at 3B. The opposing pitcher WALKED Hamilton because they figured if he hit the ball on the ground, he would probably beat the throw to 1B, thereby allowing the runner at 3B to score. In another video they showed the defense playing Hamilton at double-play depth when no one else was on base. He shoots the ball past the drawn in infield.
That's what is insane about Hamilton. A simple ground ball becomes an infield hit.
The key for the defense will be keeping Hamilton off the bases, and even from making contact and putting the ball on the ground. The higher level of minor league pitchers are going to put the ball in the strike zone because they don't want to walk Hamilton. Hamilton is going to need to do a MUCH better job handling the bat and pitch recognition in the strike zone.
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