Originally Posted by dougdirt
If Billy Hamilton hit 10 baseballs that made it to the wall this year, including balls that rolled there, I would be surprised. It isn't that he just doesn't hit home runs. He can't get the ball to the wall often. He is simply so fast that he can triple on balls in the gaps that don't even make the warning track.
Why does it matter if they make it to the wall?
He is clearly stinging the ball hard enough to make defenders pay when they cheat in on him. If Billy can consistently hit the ball hard enough to force OF to run backwards when they play him in, that is enough. If he gets their momentum going towards the wall rather than towards home plate, that is all he needs to do. If they play him at regular depth and turn him into a singles hitter, that is OK too, since he'll just steal 2B anyway.