Re: Any concern that Billy Hamilton is nothing more than a MLB utility player?
I've had that concern all along. Stealing bases is a secondary skill. Getting on base and hitting for power are still the primary offensive skills. Some guys can acquire bases by stealing to somewhat make up for the power they don't have, but it doesn't really help them get on base in the first place.
I'm pretty skeptical where a player's best attribute doesn't involve either getting on base a lot or hitting with power. I think it makes a guys odds a lot longer when he has to go to other skills to compensate and its why speed guys aren't really my cup of tea. Too many end up being Curtis Goodwin.
Hamilton has shown some skill getting on base in the lower levels. If he can carry that to the major leagues, he'll be a successful player. IF he can't, all the speed in the world won't make him a good player. I'm optimistic that he might be able to, but I think he's over-rated based on his success at a secondary skill when it's his success at a primary skill that is going to make or break him.
"All I can tell them is pick a good one and sock it." --BABE RUTH
Having better players makes "the right time" or "the big hit" happen a lot more often. PLUS PLUS
Last edited by mth123; 05-06-2013 at 07:11 AM.