Originally Posted by Rojo
I see what Doug is saying about arm angle. In fact I'm wondering if a move to the OF would work. He doesn't get a lot on those throws. A move to second might be in order. But you can also hide bad arms in left.
As to power, yeah, he'll get stronger but I don't see his body type filling out a lot. He's going to have channel Bret Butler.
That's why I'm thinking that IF his throwing mechanics don't get straightened out he'll probably end up in left.
Originally Posted by Scrap Irony
I fully expected struggles in a pitcher's park in a tougher league as well. Nice to see his bat is proving itself against tougher competition.
Hamilton leads the Southern League in obp and (obviously) stolen bases.
His BA ranks sixth in the league.
His OPS ranks 11th.
His BB rate is the tops in the league (as far as I can tell). His K:BB ratio is nearly 1:1.
Another interesting tidbit is that Hamilton has cut his error total almost in half while at Pensacola. Obviously, the new AA field is superior to the one at Bakersfield and the lights, too, seem to shine a bit brighter. That may give hope to those that dream of Slidin' Billy patrolling the position Barry, and Davey once did. (6 errors extrapolated over an entire season would put him well into the safely above average range in relation to both all minor league SSs and upper minor league SSs with 21.) With his speed (and the range it helps provide him), all Hamilton need be is "good enough" with the arm and glove to be truly outstanding defensively. "Good enough" can be measured fairly reliably, in this instance, with the amount of errors, especially throwing miscues. He'd be, in essence, the anti-Shawon Dunston.
I don't see how a "good enough" defender can also be considered outstanding defensively.
I'd also take the error totals with a grain of salt.