Re: Billy Hamilton
FYI, for a guy like Hamilton, a slugging percentage of .400 is pretty good. He's going to make his living by getting on base, taking extra bases through advancing farther on hits or by stealing bases which will eventually allow him to score a lot of runs. The key number for him is the middle number, which is the on base percentage. Below .320 and he's basically a pinch runner or defensive replacement. .320 to .340 or so and he can be a serviceable guy who gets on base, runs a little and does well situationally. .350+ and his running will make him a star.
The first number, batting average, is a component of both his slugging percentage and his on base percentage. A player like Hamilton should probably have a decent one to be effective. Something along the lines of .275 or better. Because of his great speed, pitchers are going to be loathe to walk him, so if he's going to get on base at an acceptable rate, he's going to have to have a decent batting average.
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Last edited by mth123; 05-12-2013 at 09:52 PM.