Originally Posted by dougdirt
There is no way that Hamilton has 35 power. The guy has 4 home runs since being drafted that have gone over the wall. He is an every bit of 20 power player if there ever was one in the pro ranks.
HR aren't an adequate measure of power for guys below 50 on the scouting scale. Hamilton has a Isolated SLG of 100 for his minor league career, which isn't great, but it is certainly not the bottom of the barrel. He hits a decent amount of doubles and oodles of triples to make up for his lack of HR pop. 38 extra base hits this year speak to that fact.
It doesn't matter if he can't hit a ball over an OFers head as long as he can sting the ball hard enough to shoot it past a defender and turn what would have been a single into a double or triple. If OFers play too far in, they greatly increase the chances of Billy smacking one past them down the lines or in the gaps.