Originally Posted by dougdirt
Except when it doesn't. Hamilton hit under .200 last year on balls hit to infielders. That is against minor leaguers on minor league quality fields. He isn't going to even be that good on grounders in the Majors. He needs to hit the ball into the outfield just like everyone else does. Sure, he probably legs out a few extra hits a year that other speedsters might not. Still needs to put it in the outfield.
With that said, he has been doing that this year just fine.
From the video and such I have seen from Hamilton, it just appears to me that the more advanced pitchers (AA and above) are going to eat him alive at the plate. Pitchers are not going to walk him. And because he has no power, chances are they are just going to challenge him right in the strike zone. I'm just not that impressed with how he handles the bat. And honestly, his base-stealing technique isn't all that great, either.
I don't think the Reds ought to give up on this kid yet. He's still plenty young and needs a LOT of seasoning. I don not see the need or the wisdom in fast tracking him for AA just because he is putting up good numbers at A+. Let him play the year out at A+ and work on some things to improve his game before he gets to AA and AAA.