Originally Posted by MoneyInTheBank
It's also not the end of the world to have a 20% K rate as a leadoff man. The most sought after leadoff man this offseason has a career K rate of over 20% in Michael Bourn. Dexter Fowler has a career K rate of 22.5%. 2nd Place in the MVP, Mike Trout had a K rate of 21.8%. Austin Jackson 21.7%. Ideal? No. Catastrophic? No.
1.) Hamilton is not comparable to Jackson because jackson is power hitting run producing leadoff hitter. And so is mike trout (who will not be batting leadoff next year) so also not really comparable.
2.) being a cards fan i saw how overrated bourn was in houston and in atlanta. he is .272 career hitter, only had a obp of .350 once, and has never had 200 hits. he is the most overrated leadoff hitter. Honestly, Bourn's numbers are barely better than his predecessor in houston Willy Taveras.
3.) Fowler has a good career obp but is still a .271 career batter.
Hamilton is a leadoff hitter who relies on his legs to get on base, thats evident from his his lack of extra base hits. And if he is striking out at a 20% clip thats alot worse than jackson because he had 55 xb hits, trout had 65 xb hits, and while fowler only had 42 xb hits in'12 he had 55 in'11. In 50 games at double-a hamilton had a whopping 10 xb hits.
If you're saying hamilton is similar to any of these players then he is definitely movable. A deal with any of those players for Upton would be a good trade unless you already had a stacked outfield