The Reds are still playing for this year. The success he would have reaching base at the MLB level is very much in question. His best use right now is as a pinch runner - eliminate the 'if he reaches base' part and let him do what he does best.
I truly believe if he can obp .350 he will be a star. If he could make himself into about .400 obp player he could be a super star. No doubt he's a game changer. I just hope he can find that magic formula to be able to get on base consistently.
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I know everyone sees leadoff hitter but I think he would be ideally suited for the 2 hole if somehow Choo stuck around. With Dusty liking his 2 hole hitter capable of bunting. Choo can be bunted over to second when Votto comes up and a lot of those sacrifices would turn into hits or errors with Hamilton's speed.
I predict Hamilton will hit better than Stubbs, without the power, but then Stubbs' power wasn't all that significant. And Hamilton will do whatever it takes to get on base, while Stubbs never seemed to.
I think the question that concerned me with Stubbs is what was he trying his best at. Was he trying his best to maximize his skillset and become a more selective contact type of hitter who put the ball on the ground to maximize his speed and get on base, or was he trying to play like a power type hitter and striking out. At least to me it looked like he was trying his best at being the free swinging power guy, not a contact speed on base guy the team needed him to be.
"Man, the pitch looks fast, even in slow motion." Thom Brennaman on Chapman's fastball.