I use that term lightly, but Hamilton had 7 HRs during his first 4 professional seasons combined. This season he has 6.
And Louisville's park has deep dimensions -- it's known as a pitcher's park.
Are some of these inside-the-parkers? Guessing at least 4-5 have gone over the fence though. That has to be a good sign that he's getting more pop in his bat.
To be clear, I'm not saying I want Billy to be a guy that ever goes up there thinking about hitting a HR. But for a guy who's been labeled a complete slap hitter with no pop, him having 6 HRs at the Triple-A level is a good sign, IMO.
Also, while he's obviously not lighting the world on fire, I think a lot of people are downplaying the solid year Hamilton is having in Triple-A. He's still just 22 and is batting .257 with a .311 OBP and a .658 OPS. (Also has 68 steals in 80 attempts.) It's a tough transition moving up to Triple-A for most young players and I think he's handling it well, especially given the fact he's learning a new position on the fly. Look how bad Neftali Soto was his first year in AAA and he was a year older last year (23) than Hamilton is now.