Originally Posted by treetops
And from a chat:
Rob (Wilkes-Barre, PA): Higher ceiling: Billy Hamilton or Juan Pierre?
Klaw: Hamilton's better than Pierre ever was.
Not sure I agree with that, unless he is taking positional scarcity into account.
Pierre's hit tool is WAY better than Hamilton's. The guy was a legit 300 hitter who almost never struck out, and was durable as hell. Hopefully, Billy can close the gap offensively by being more selective at the plate and a getting thrown out a little less on the basepaths (Pierre was never an exceptional percentage basestealer). If he does that and sticks at an up-the-middle position, he'll be a valuable little player.
The only reason Pierre gets crapped on so much is because the Dodgers signed him to a ridiculous contract and then shifted him to LF (nobody loves a judy hitting LF). If he were signed to a more reasonable deal and played an adequate CF, he would have a been a valuable player on most teams rosters. Pulling down eight digits and playing LF, not so much.