Originally Posted by 757690
Hamilton right now would be at least a league average CF defensively in the bigs, probably above average. Add in his value on the basepaths, and he doesn't have to do much offensively to be a league average CF overall. Last year, Stubbs, with a .610 OPS was still a 1 win player.
This is why speed is actually more valuable than power. It helps you produce in other areas.
Every MLB hitter needs to get on base at a solid rate to be a starter. If you can't, but you have power, all you add are a few homers every now and then. But if you can't get on base well enough to start, you at least provide value on defense and on the basepaths.
Guys with nothing but power go to Japan. Guys with nothing but speed become valuable role players.
I will add that power hitters who can get in base are usually more valuable than guys with speed who get on base.
Power isn't just about hitting home runs. If outfielders know you can't hit it over their heads, they're going to play way in, taking away even more of the field. Thus line drives that might have fallen in had the outfielder been playing normal depth become outs. BHam is going to have to show something
in terms of power or he's going to have a very short major league career.