Originally Posted by RiverRat13
Yes, it was last year in Dayton.
I'm curious if anyone knows how much baseball Hamilton played before getting drafted. He was a 3-sport athlete in high school so that right there limits how much he was able to work on his baseball skillset for four years. When we see projections for Hamilton they are in part formed from comparisons to other 21-year olds in High-A. But I am taking an educated guess that Hamilton has literally hundreds fewer at bats and hundreds less hours of practice than most other 21-year olds in pro ball who played year round starting at a young age. A guy like Bryce Harper at age 19 probably has had significantly more reps at his craft than Hamilton at 21.
Since he's a poor kid from rural Georgia and was mostly touted in track in football with baseball and basketball mentioned in the next sentence I'd say you're probably right but I'm not positive. Most underprivileged kids don;t get the reps in baseball at a real young age that middle class kids get. Baseball actually does a fairly poor job of reaching underprivileged kids at a young age. I think they do a better job of it in Latin America than they do right here at home.
Anyway I think you may be quite right about Billy and the number of reps he had when drafted. Every description at the time was of his very, very raw tools and skills.