Originally Posted by Brutus
While, from a scouting standpoint, I think there are some legitimate issues raised, there's kind of a double standard being drawn in saying not to focus on the steals but ignoring the fact Hamilton's OBP is over .400. BP displays are irrelevant if the guy is getting it done in games.
The article mentions that Hamilton is good at driving the ball in the ground and using his speed to get on base. Well, that's a proven recipe for success because groundball hitters might not hit for a lot of power, but they'll get on base quite often with his kind of speed. And that he's been able to have good plate discipline on top of that, it seems his skill level carries over to the kind of guy that can support a .350+ OBP in the majors. With his speed, that's an impact player.
At the same time, Mike also notes that he thinks there is some concern that Hamilton isn't going to be able to handle MLB velocity either. I don't know that I agree with that completely, but he isn't the first guy I have heard say it either. You are right though, if Hamilton can OBP .340 or higher, he is going to be valuable as heck.