Re: Thursday 8/02/2012 Minor League Updates
Originally Posted by NeilHamburger
Hamiltons ability to take a walk has greatly impressed me this season. It tells me he is going deep into counts, and working quality at bats. Even though he'll never hit for power, and MLB pitchers will be more likely to challenge him with strikes because of it, I am beginning to think more and more he may be a legit option at leadoff with a .350 OBP in the pros. Still a long way to go, but being able to take balls, foul off pitches and just generally work a pitcher is a skill that shouldn't really go away as you move up levels. And with his speed, if he gets on base at a .350 clip in front of Votto, I don't care about power.
You get the feeling that if Hamilton can get on base, there will be a lot of times Votto will come up to bat with one out and Hamilton standing at third base.
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