Hamilton's bunt and infield hit success rate is the highest in the minor leagues. By a mile. You may scream random noise or poor field conditions or poor defenders, but others in the minors have the same limitations. (Or you may simply write the negative as your opinion without backing it up.
Too, Hamilton would be bunting for sacrifices, not base hits. I'd rather have Hamilton up there with a real chance at beating it out than I would Arroyo, Bailey, or another pitcher.
He's stealing bases at an 83% clip-- which is exceptional and has value as to scoring runs. You also seem to undervalue his speed and how it impacts the defense (which, I believe, is a regular refran here on Redszone). To whit, from early April's BP article:
Hamilton-- on the bases-- in a difference-maker right now. In a playoff series in which the 24th and 25th men play a much lesser role and individual runs mean much much more, using Hamilton as a pinch runner makes all sorts of sense.•Pitchers have committed three balks while Billy Hamilton was on base.
•Billy Hamilton has scored from third when the catcher threw to first to complete another batter’s strikeout.
•And Billy Hamilton scored the walk-off run on April 20 on a sacrifice fly. To the second baseman.
As to the step, it's commonly known among track guys.
As an example, Usain Bolt ran a 9.69, while Richard Thompson ran a 9.89 in the 2008 Olympics. That's two-tenths of a second. Bolt takes two steps after finishing the race before Thompson even crosses the line. (That's approximately six feet.) Since it takes 45 steps to run a 100 m race, you can do the math fairly easily. Tenths and hundredths of a second mean a bunch in short distances.If a 100m runner with a best time of 10.20 can reduce ground contact for each of the 45 steps of their race by one hundredth of a second, they can improve their time to 9.75, good enough to challenge for an Olympic medal.