Originally Posted by mdccclxix
Kids can throw 100 more often nowadays, and its probable that early reports on this stuff can be inaccurate to some extent. Billy's speed is way ahead of the curve...it's probably more special than a 19 y/o who can throw 100.
When you project Billy Hamilton having success in the majors with his skill set, it's a bizarre world we would be living in. Players and coaches have tried to relate the tales. You can't explain what it means to watch someone score from 2nd on an infield fly. I read that recently. Even outfielders lose their nerve when Billy's in the game. The timing for everything is off the charts.
So, even though Stephenson is so awesome and at his peak would be probably be worth more than Hamilton's peak, I think if Hamilton does dominate in his certain way then the overall effect will be massive, especially for a 3-4 year stretch in his mid-20's. I thought for sure I'd vote Stephenson, but I'll go with Hamilton because of the unexpected entertainment factor.
While Hamilton's speed is "better" than Stephenson's velocity, I will take a pitchers velocity as a "carry tool" over a players speed every day of the week and so would every scout in the history of the world.