Re: Hamilton hits 100
I think his ceiling is Rock Raines without the home run power but with some of the gap power. Speed and stealing threat at a high rate and he still needs to learn how to read pitchers and he is learning from what I've read. He'll strikeout but I also think he'll hit hard enough to worry pitchers about doubles or triples. Anything in the gaps is a possible extra base hit that might be a long single for other players. I think they will be careful enough to walk him especially when he is batting without anyone on ahead of him. That's when he'll be most dangerous to them and they'll be most careful of him. He'll be a bizarre dilemma - walk him and he'll run on you - pitch him too easy and he might turn a blooper into a double or something like that. Anything on the ground will be a race every time. It all depends on whether he continues to make contact and be selective. If better pitchers throw strikes he simply has to be able to hit them instead of walking and let his speed make something happen. I'll accept a higher strikeout rate than Pierre or Coleman if Billy slashes a few in the gaps and keeps a decent contact rate at the same time. He'll never have Rock's home runs but I'll take the doubles triples and stolen bases as a substitute for power if he keeps his OBP above .350 in any combo of walks and hits. I should add that I'm really dubious that Billy can do this. I'm on board woth trading him if the right deal came along.
Last edited by RedlegJake; 07-04-2012 at 05:33 AM.