Originally Posted by mth123
Why in the world would the Dodgers want Hamilton? If they keep Pederson, he'd be 3rd on the depth chart in CF and if they keep Van Slyke and Hairston about 7th or 8th on the depth chart in the OF.
I'd trade Hamilton straight up for Pederson right now. Heck, I'd throw in a middling arm or two.
Much prefer an .800+ OPS in CF with 20 HR pop and a .500+ slugging %. I'm guessing Pederson will be ready early next year. Hamilton looks like he needs another full season in AAA. Pederson is younger and has 5 tool upside. Hamilton's absolute best case is Willie Wilson and even a good result would be something similar to Otis Nixon. That just doesn't excite me much.
Good chance he ends up as Willy Taveras or Curtis Goodwin.
Hamilton is rated higher than Pederson by eveyone except you, and for good reason. Pederson is much closer to Chris Heisey than Jay Bruce. Here is what Fangraphs said about him this year:
Pederson would ultimately probably lack the range for center and the power traditionally associated with corner outfielders — but that he might be useful as a regular, anyway.
Hamilton is the only one of the two that has an elite tool. Hamilton is the only the only one of the two that has All-Star potential.
You're being blinded by shiney minors league stats and your personal bias against speed guys.
Pederson might make a decent fourth outfielder someday, or maybe an average LF, but he's miles away from being the elite prospect Hamilton is. Hamilton may have a lower floor, but he has a much, much higher ceiling.