Re: Two national guys chime in on Billy Hamilton today
Jason Parks: Changing positions isn't as easy as just penciling him into the lineup at the 8. Hamilton is a well above-average athlete, and I agree with you that his skill-set might be better suited in CF, but the process of transition isn't an overnight situation. It would take time to acclimate to the routes/angles/responsibilities of the position, and that would need to occur as the bat continues to develop. It's a lot to put on a young player. I'm still not sold that his bat is going to provide much at the highest level. If you want the best Hamilton possible, you keep him in the minors for at least another season (and possibly two) in order to properly develop the bat and make the necessary transition to the outfield. If you want a big result, the extra patience will be worth it.
I'm just curious -- if this is true, what is it that Billy still has to learn in the minors that he can't learn in the majors? To me, it sounds like the big concern is whether his bat can work in The Show. But isn't that kind of a catch-22? After all, how are we going to know whether or not it works if he doesn't get a chance to hit major league pitching? And... related to that... wouldn't it therefore make sense to give him a September call-up this year just so that he can have that first cup of coffee -- and begin to understand just what it is he's up against?
"Iíll kind of have a foot on the back of my own butt. Thatís just how I do things.Ē -- Bryan Price, 10/22/2013