Originally Posted by rgslone
If Hamilton continues along his apparent path of improvement in contact rate and strikeout-to-walk ratio, and adds a little gap power - which I don't think is a huge jump - just how good of a lead-off hitter would this guy project to be? To answer my own question - he would be the quintessential stud lead-off hitter is what he would be. Moreover, guys that post on here that are familar with Hamilton's reputation have said that he's known as a really hard worker; and while his ability to stick at SS has been questioned, no one has suggested that he can't be a good defensive player somewhere. So, what else could you realistically ask for in a prospect to hit lead-off? He may never make it to "the show", but there is no way that there is a prospect to hit lead-off in the minors with more promise and upside than Hamilton.
The question is though, and it probably won't be answered until he gets to the Majors, is will he still be able to draw walks against pitchers who know he doesn't have power? Very few guys can. If he can become one of those guys, envision Brett Gardner over the last few seasons with maybe a tad more power and a little bit more steals.