Billy Hamilton’s Other Tools

With about a month left in the minor league baseball season, one of 2012′s worst kept secrets has been the prodigious speed of Cincinnati Reds shortstop prospect Billy Hamilton. With 139 stolen bases entering today’s action, Hamilton is six away from the minor league record of 145 set by Vince Coleman in 1983.

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Barring injury, Hamilton is likely to set the record within the next week and may very well push 160 steals before the end of the season. And while this is an exciting development and worth following closely, I can’t help but think prospect followers are missing something after watching Hamilton play. Instead of salivating over the speed, it’s time to start focusing on the other aspects of his all-around game and discuss whether the sum of the parts equals a contributing big leaguer at the game’s highest level.

Working in Hamilton’s favor is the idea his speed — which one scout in attendance categorized as a 90 on the 20/80 scale — will allow his other tools to play up allowing greater room for error. I believe this to be true to a point, but a look at the other nine players Hamilton now shares minor league history with indicates it may be prudent to proceed with caution when projecting the Reds prospect.

Player Name Stolen Bases Career WAR
Vince Coleman 145 13.2
Donell Nixon 144 1.6
James Johnston 124 20.9
Jeff Stone 123 0.2
Alan Wiggins 120 6.4
Allan Lewis 116 0.3
Ovid Nicholson 111 0.1
Maynard DeWitt 110 0
Otis Nixon 108 12.2

In my lifetime, Vince Coleman and Otis Nixon are the most recognizable names on the list and paired elite speed with periods of quality all-around play. And while wreaking havoc on the base paths does burn lasting memories into the minds of baseball fans, it’s safe to say Hamilton’s career would be considered a failure should his career path take similar shape.

On the field, Hamilton presents as lean and wiry with a bit of development through the shoulders leading me to believe he’ll add a few pounds at full physical Maturity. His long limbs and high torso are ideally suited for speed and an exceptionally long stride for his stature.

At the moment, overall strength is a serious concern and Hamilton is unlikely to quite those doubters anytime soon. Of prospects scouted this season, Hamilton put on the weakest batting practice display of anybody other than Red Sox Jose Vinicio. In defense of Vinicio, he was 18 at the time and had the leanest lower half of any player I’ve ever seen.

That lack of punch presents as 20 power without much projection for growth. Fortunately for Hamilton, he’s pretty adept at working counts and beating balls into the ground. At the plate, the shortstop presents with a developing understanding of where he fits in offensively which is a positive sign. However, it’s quite possible velocity will overwhelm him at the major league level. In Huntsville, he was able to handle 90+ low in the zone, but unable to catch up to pitches at the letters.

In his stance, Hamilton has a slight double tap as his timing mechanism and I question how successful it will be for him in the long run. In eight-to-ten plate appearances from the left side, he failed to square up a baseball once and his inconsistent weight transfer led to a lack of consistency in his swing. Plus, his hand speed was only in the average range for me meaning the pieces of his swing will need to work in unison better than they do to produce hard barrel contact.

It took more than 15 innings to finally see Hamilton take a swing right-handed and he laced a single to left field. Unfortunately, my camera batteries had just run out of juice so I don’t have it on tape. It was a considerably cleaner swing with significantly more hand explosion. From a single swing, it was obvious his natural side of the plate is right-handed. I completely understand trying to maximize Hamilton’s speed by turning him into a switch hitter and trusting his gifted athleticism will make the transition less painful. But if it doesn’t work out as planned, what’s left is a prospect who has missed many hundreds of plate appearances from his better side equaling lost development time.

On defense, Hamilton has the range for shortstop and his glove was better than expected. Unfortunately, his arm was below average for the position and his throwing motion seemed awkward on the left side of the infield. It’s easy to see his speed and speculate Hamilton is a centerfielder in the end, but I’m confident he could handle second base if the Reds decided to go that route as well. Of course centerfield is a more demanding position defensively than second base and elite speed has a better opportunity to stand out. With Brandon Phillips locked up for a few years and Drew Stubbs regressing, Hamilton is extremely likely to wind up in center for the Reds. And while his speed will allow for elite range at the position, his arm will be a hindrance and route running may not come naturally.

In spite of Hamilton’s gaudy stolen base totals, he’s actually a suspect base stealer in terms of technique. In his first stolen base attempt which resulted in a caught stealing, Hamilton’s actions at first base tipped off the entire stadium. It reminded me of my time as a coach when we played teams with no ability to defend against stolen base attempts. The other team knew we were going to steal second and third base on the first and second pitches, but it didn’t matter. In this instance, it did matter and Hamilton was thrown out by a good six feet.

In subsequent stolen base attempts, Hamilton was much more impressive and racked up three steals on attempts where the catcher might as well have put the ball in his back pocket. Additionally, Hamilton’s speed forced multiple mental and physical mistakes by Huntsville players resulting in two runs he scored without help advancing bases from batted balls. I was only able to pull one home-to-first time on Hamilton from the left side and it was a 3.85.

For the Cincinnati Reds, Billy Hamilton very well may be their long term answer in centerfield as soon as next season. However, let’s not get ahead of ourselves and classify Hamilton as an impact talent just yet. Yes, the speed has the ability to change a game, but what if it’s wrapped in a Dee Gordon-esque .230/.280/.280 triple slash and causes the Reds to tinker with batting Hamilton ninth?

Speaking of Dee Gordon, I asked a scout in attendance, “what if all the hype surrounding Billy Hamilton resulted in a debut similar to that of the Dodgers product?” His response was to flick his wrists mimicking bat whip and say, “But Dee Gordon had more of this. Plus, he IS a shortstop.” Celebrate the speed of Billy Hamilton, but be careful to temper expectations. The gap between Hamilton the Double-A shortstop and Hamilton the contributing big leaguer is wider than most are expecting.




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  1. Table says:

    Hamilton has walked allot in the minors, Gordon never did. Big difference.

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    • Mike Newman says:

      Walks are a big difference if you believe they will carry over. I can definitely see a scenario playing out where big leaguers challenge Hamilton with a heavy dose of fastballs he struggles to catch up to. Maybe he starts cheating to get ahead and pitchers adjust and begin with sliders to catch him out front. There’s no guarantee he’s going to post a strong walk rate at the big league level. Pitchers with more advanced command are going to make him earn his way on base.

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  2. YanksFanInBeantown says:

    Just looking at stats here, but Dee Gordon might not be a great comp.

    Less AVG, OBP and ISO through the minor leagues at an older age, not to mention that he’s nowhere near as fast.

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    • Doug Gray says:

      Dee Gordon is absolutely “near as fast”. Gordon is a 3.8 runner to first base. Billy Hamilton is usually a 3.8 runner to first base.

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      • YanksFanInBeantown says:

        Fair enough, I was just judging from the fact that Hamilton will probably have more steals in AA than Gordon by the end of August.

        So maybe he leverages his speed better or gets a better jump than Gordon.

        Or maybe he’s just better at baseball.

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      • Choo says:

        It’s worth mentioning that 3.8 from the left side of the plate (Gordon) isn’t exactly the same as 3.8 from the right side of the plate (Hamilton). Still, fast hell either way.

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      • NS says:

        Hamilton spends the entire time hitting from the left side in the posted video.

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      • Doug Gray says:

        Choo,
        Hamilton is a 3.8 guy from the left side a lot more often than he is faster than that.

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    • Mike Newman says:

      I wasn’t using numbers to work a comp. I was talking skill sets with a scout and the hype that surrounded Gordon when he was called up. We can talk numbers since most readers haven’t seen both, but when I have a chance to use information from somebody who has actually watched both play, I’m going to take it at face value.

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  3. RMR says:

    I think it’s worth noting that Hamilton has shown greater plate discipline this season (12.8% in A+, 17.3% in AA) than Dee Gordon ever did. While he’s not there yet, I wonder if a possible comp for him is Luis Castillo. He’s even got a similar defensive profile. Castillo managed a .290/.368 .351 line and 32 WAR.

    If your speed scares guys so much that they pitch around you like you were Adam Dunn — and you’re willing to take the walk — you can significantly increase your value.

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    • RMR says:

      Brett Gardner could be another possible comp. Both guys represent upside value of course.

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    • YanksFanInBeantown says:

      That seems backwards though. Guys like Hamilton aren’t scary until they’re on base.

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    • Mike Newman says:

      This assessment is backwards. If a guy has no power and pitchers aren’t scared he’ll be able to drive baseballs into the gaps or out of the park, then they will challenge him. Right now Hamilton is willing to work deep counts against Double-A pitchers who lack the command/control of major leaguers. This will lead to more walks.

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      • Domenic says:

        Brett Gardner – 11% BB, .103 ISO
        Jamey Carroll – 10% BB, .067 ISO
        Elvis Andrus – 8.7% BB, .078 ISO
        Denard Span – 9.7% BB, .104 ISO

        These are guys off of the top of my head, and I’m sure that they are exceptions to the rule – but they are also guys that were praised for their discipline and lamented for a lack of oomph in their bats in the minors. It is certainly a rarity, and I don’t know if it should be attributed to luck or skill, or if it requires a more careful examination of approach in the minors … but it isn’t too rare.

        I would also argue that there are plenty of pitchers that pitch themselves into trouble if the batter is hesitant to swing. Those are fewer and further in between in the Majors, but it’s important nonetheless.

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      • Mike Newman says:

        Domenic,

        You are confusing being pitched around and the idea plate discipline is a learned skill over time. Hamilton may very well have solid walk numbers.

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      • Domenic says:

        Mike,

        If I phrased things poorly, I apologize, but there isn’t any confusion on my part. I was simply stating that there is a precedent for players without power posting strong walk rates in the Majors as they had in the minors. I was mostly responding to your statement that Hamilton is ‘right now willing to work deep counts,’ as there seems to be an insinuation that that will dry up over time.

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    • J says:

      This doesn’t make any sense. No one “pitches around” a speedster the way they do a power hitter.

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  4. SF 55 for life says:

    Here’s the difference between Hamilton and Gordon though. Hamitlon actually takes a solid amount of walks. Gordon’s highest full season walk rate was 7.2% which is significantly below average considering it was in A ball that he did that. Hamilton had a BB rate above 12% before being promoted to AA and now its above 17%. The two years before this his walk rate was in the mid-to-high 8.0′s.

    On top of that Hamilton does show slightly more power than Gordon did. Hamilton has posted ISO’s over .100 this year, Dee Gordon never did that.

    Ultimately I think it will be the walks that will make Hamilton be a successful player. Getting on base and utilizing his speed will definitely add value to the Reds whether he plays centerfield or second base. While I do think he will be a much more attractive fantasy baseball player than a real life baseball player, I could see him having a solid career.

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  5. Kenny says:

    A NotGraphs post with the same title has the potential to be excellent

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  6. Chris says:

    “Additionally, Hamilton’s speed forced multiple mental and physical mistakes by Huntsville players resulting in two runs he scored without help advancing bases from batted balls.”

    This is a value that is difficult to quantify. Bring him in as a PR late in a game and he can completely mess with the pitcher.

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    • Mike Newman says:

      You are right. Had the piece not run so long, I would have run a B-Ref search of how many players have scored 100 runs with very low OBP’s to see how often it happens. I wanted to see if he could still have value in a worst case scenario situation.

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  7. Evan says:

    Are any of these other players statistical comps for Hamilton in categories OTHER than SB? I mean, Dee Gordon has a 5% walk rate and a .05 ISO, so outside of speed he looks NOTHING like Hamilton.

    Nixon and Coleman were solid contributors, and the latter produced lower than expected WAR totals due to injury, not disappointing performance. They were also awesome fantasy players, and fantasy baseball (and the focus on SB) is where most of the Hamilton hype is coming from, so I doubt many people would be terribly disappointed if he produced non-injury-shortened seasons similar to their careers, especially if he holds as a SS or 2B.

    Is this really your analysis? “Not squaring up” on 8-to-10 plate appearances, “base-stealing technique”? Weak sauce.

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    • YanksFanInBeantown says:

      He watches batting practice too, you know.

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    • KMiB says:

      So far, the best comp I can come up with (both with walk rate, K rate, steals, and prospect hype) is Rafael Furcal.

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    • RMR says:

      Some might say that when your speed is your only asset, you are more prone to having your career derailed by an injury.

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    • Richie says:

      Agree with Yanks. I think this is an excellent article.

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    • Mike Newman says:

      As I approach my one year anniversary with FG, I can’t help but chuckle at comments like Evan’s. To write this piece, I did watch batting practice, 20 innings worth of plate appearances and used people in the industry as a sounding board for this piece. And while I certainly don’t shy away from prospect talk which leans towards fantasy, this was not a fantasy baseball piece. If you want my fantasy capsule, Hamilton would be a guy I’d want as a 5th OF in a 4 OF league who I can play against lefties or when one of my regulars has a day off or isn’t in the lineup. I wouldn’t want him in my lineup as an everyday guy.

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  8. GoToWarMissAgnes says:

    It’s worth pointing out that base running is not included in the career WAR values for any of the players listed, Nixon and Coleman included. Obviously it does not turn them into star players or anything, but it does make them appear to be significantly less valuable than they actually were.

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    • Jon L. says:

      Baseball Reference adds value from baserunning, and has the top performers above at the following career WAR:

      Johnston 15.0
      Nixon 14.5
      Coleman 10.5
      Wiggins 6.0

      Johnston gains essentially no value from baserunning; it may be that injuries cost him his speed before he stuck in the majors. The three more modern players gain lots of value from speed, but none of them were perennial all-star candidates.

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  9. JimNYC says:

    Can he please get another nickname? This is the third or fourth article I’ve read on him, and every time after the first I’ve had to take a few seconds and ask why there’s an article on the Phillies’ Hall of Fame outfielder from the 1890′s. Who is also the only player ever to have 4 major league seasons over 100 SB’s.

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  10. mcbrown says:

    I remember someone (Nomar?) talking about considering becoming a switch hitter, and realizing that for a righty it would mean taking the majority of his PAs from his weaker side, which didn’t seem to make sense. And it doesn’t. If Hamilton doesn’t have a truly egregious platoon disadvantage just let him keep developing from the right side.

    Not that I am in a position to offer any advice whatsoever.

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  11. Jason says:

    ” With Brandon Phillips locked up for a few years and Drew Stubbs regressing, Hamilton is extremely likely to wind up in center for the Reds.”

    This sounds like fan babble to me. If the Reds felt it were “extremely likely” they’d play Hamilton in CF, he would have more than exactly zero innings played in the outfield. I expect him to be invited to spring training next year, and maybe be a September call-up. In the infield. While the Reds position of greatest need right now is CF, especially with Cozart and Gregorius blocking him at SS and Phillips at 2nd, you never know what is going to happen with injuries, trades, etc. by the time he is MLB-ready in 2014. Isn’t it clear that the development plan they are on does not involve him playing CF, or he would be playing CF now?

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    • YanksFanInBeantown says:

      I’m sure they’ll leave him at short until he proves beyond a shadow of a doubt that he can’t play shortstop.

      That’s how it works

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    • Doug Gray says:

      The Reds said about a month ago that the plan was to keep him at shortstop in the minors. However, though they haven’t come out and said it, it is happening, he is taking about an hour of outfield practice every day before games and I am not talking about shagging BP.

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      • dougdirt suck says:

        Doug we get it.

        He’s the one Reds prospect that you hate. Get over yourself.

        Enjoy the Theo Bowe band wagon you hick loser!

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      • Jon L. says:

        Since someone took the trouble to respond with the comment above, let me add thank you for contributing something relevant and informative.

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      • Doug Gray says:

        I probably shouldn’t respond to this post, but I will. Theo Bowe bandwagon? Because I said that Theo Bowe is as fast as Hamilton is with his 3.7-3.8 times to first base, I am on some bandwagon for him? Man, you must not read much of what I type because just last week I said he wasn’t a Reds Top 40 prospect right now and may have a shot at being a 5th outfielder one day who can pinch run for you.

        I don’t hate Hamilton. In fact, I like him and think he actually could compete for MVP’s one day if things go right for him. But because I don’t think he is the best thing since sliced bread right now apparently that means I hate him. Got it.

        And for the record, it would be “dougdirt sucks”, so if you are going to take your time to insult or attempt to insult someone, at least do it right, you hick.

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      • dougdirt sucks says:

        You also used poor grammar, and used the same insults as myself.

        Immitation is one of the highest forms of flattery.

        I do read what you say, and funnily enough came to a different interpretation. He is literally the only Reds prospect that you go out of the way to argue against.

        You definitely get way too caught up in your own agendas to objectively evaluate a player (ie. Zack Stewart 4 Cy Young!!11!, Yonder Alonso = top 10 hitter in MLB!!!).

        But keep harping on Hamilton. Everyone knows he’s a risky prospect. Doesn’t mean we need to jump on him every chance you get! Lastly, you don’t know anything about me…. the insult is meaningless. From reading your stuff for years, you actually are the hick.

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      • Mike Newman says:

        Hey Doug,

        I didn’t see him working out in CF in Huntsville, but it was on the road. This very well may something that happens during homestands though.

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    • Mike Newman says:

      ….But I’m not a fan of Hamilton, or the Reds for that matter. Having a knowledge of an organization’s players from the top down allows me to gain a feel for where a guy fits.

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      • Jason says:

        Thanks for the info on him practicing outfield, Doug. I don’t mind being corrected. So the next question I have to anyone who’s actually seen it… how is his arm from out there?

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  12. BlackOps says:

    Esix Snead stole 109 bases in 2000. Love Esix Snead.

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  13. Marcus Turner says:

    My top three ‘easily mistaken for a crack-head’ players:

    1. Otis Nixon
    2. Billy Hamilton
    3.(Edit – Top two)

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  14. Hurtlockertwo says:

    What? Sliding Billy Hamiltons been dead for almost 75 years.

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  15. M says:

    Hamilton at 20 power??? I’ve never heard anyone say a prospect has 20 power. I’ve heard Dee Gordon having 30 power. Maybe I’m nitpicking here, but 20 power sounds like he has no chance of ever hitting a over-the-fence homerun.

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    • TFINY says:

      So…Ben Revere then. Seems like every time he hits a triple he gets thrown out trying to stretch it, because he knows he has no power.

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  16. Anonymous says:

    Is the author of this article allergic to commas?

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  17. Cfud says:

    I don’t feel like AA BB will at all translate into big league BB. At least not at first. He does show solid plate discipline in AA, but pitchers there are NOTHING like pitchers in the show. Their ability to double up on their off speed is no where near what is it in the bigs, nor is their ability to consistently command their fastball. You also have to take into account the AA pitcher’s mental game is much weaker than that of a big league player. Hamilton getting on base in AA poses a much larger threat to the younger pitchers than to that of Big Leaguers. Also, Scouting reports in the Bigs are much more in depth than to the almost non-existent ones at the AA level. In my opinion Hamilton certainly has more developing to do with the stick and with his strength. It will be interesting to see what he can accomplish over the off-season and possibly at the AAA level next season.

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  18. mwash1983 says:

    absolute best case for Hamilton offensively is Luis Castillo

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  19. linn says:

    Does he not have enough pop to be compared to Ricky? As well, since he is more than likely 2 years out he could improve on his hitting skills. I saw him once when they played the Fort Wayne Tin Caps and was impressed. What would have to improve for him to be like Ichiro as far as getting on base.

    Ofcourse all of this a mute point. Prospects come, prospects go. I remember when Eric Chavez was going to be the next great 3rd basemen. Anyone remember brett wallace? He sure turned out great. As a Reds fan I hope he and votto leads them to many WS. I do wonder why they signed BP to 5 years if they thought billy could play second base in a couple of years.

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  20. lipitorkid says:

    1. Pitching at the AA level can be very good. As he spends more time in AA it will be interesting to look at his batting stats against top pitching prospects.
    2. I looked at minor league stats for the past twenty years in regards to players who stole at least 75 bases in a season. That group of players did the best in the majors IF: A) They had a batting average of .350 or over B) They had an OBP of .400 or over C) Their K/BB rate was about 1:1
    If you look at Dee Gordon’s stats and compare him to someone like Vince Coleman, Lenny Dykstra, Tim Raines etc… I think you will see a big difference.
    3. If the Dodgers weren’t so horrible last year and early this year Gordon would still be in the minors also Dee Gordon is 5 foot 11 and supposedly 150 pounds. Billy Hamilton is listed as 6 foot 1 and 160 and is almost three years younger.

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  21. Irrational Optimist says:

    Another Fangraphs article telling us to temper our expectations. Since 9 out of 10 prospects end up fizzling, it is a safe bet. I’ll go the other way.

    MVP voting in order 2015 (National League):
    Allen Craig (with 180 RBIs)
    Starling Marte (40-40 year)
    Meta Worldpeace Stanton (that’s right he’s changing his first name!)
    Billy Hamilton (101 SB)
    Stephen Strasburg (23 wins) [Mark Appel=Rookie of the year, by the way]

    Print it. Billy Hamilton will start in CF by June 24th next season, he’ll end stealing 36 bases and hitting .270/.280/.300 in 2013. 2014 he starts slow and people start saying Mike was right, but he uses too many commas now. Then he turns it on and ends with .304/.370/.390 slash and 72 SBs. The next year, Dusty is gone and small ball coach invades Cinci. The greenlight goes on and except for a trip to the DL in May, Billy has a greenlight through the season. Breaks 100 stolen bases and uses his speed to elevate that average to .336/.400/.360 slash. This includes stealing home on a suicide squeeze on the last day of the season to get a wildcard spot from the new expansion Vegas Goldminers…oops, wasn’t supposed to tell you all about that part, yet. Either way, Billy Hamilton, gonna be big/soon.

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  22. tyke says:

    his rates look pretty good so far in AA (granted, it’s AA). but a 152 wrc+ is nothing to shake a fist at. if he gets on base 40% of the time in AA, how does that translate to the bigs? .350 or so? of course his K% would likely rise and that bb% would drop, and i doubt anyone expects him to hit .350 in the majors (except for Irrational Optimist!) isn’t there a formula somewhere to convert minor league stats to major league equivalent?

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    • Mike Newman says:

      There is actually…

      MLE for Hamilton’s AA numbers

      .232/.332/.320 with a 71.4% SB rate

      MLE for Hamilton’s A+ numbers

      .231/.289/.299 WITH A 74% SB rate

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      • Mike says:

        I don’t understand how the MLE translation works, I’m sure. I assume the slash numbers are interrelated somehow? Who’s a player in AA with an MLE OBP over .350? If Hamilton has one of the top OBPs in his league and his translated numbers are that bad, what do, say, Olt’s or OTaveras’s numbers look like?

        I guess it would make sense given what Mike has said above that SLG would have some component to translated OBP since the pitchers won’t pitch around him as much in the majors, but I’d be curious to know more about how it works.

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  23. Jewbacca says:

    Is it crazy to think at 6’1″ 160lbs he’s more apt to develop into a faster Jose Reyes with less pop (Reyes is 6’1″ 195 these days)? Of course he does need to figure out his arm slot or move somewhere else on the field.

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    • Doug Gray says:

      Yes, it is a little crazy. Jose Reyes strikes out about half as often as Hamilton does and has quite a bit more power in his bat than should be expected from Hamilton.

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  24. Chris Blessing says:

    After watching him in the field during a recent game, I seriously have doubts about his ability to play the infield on the MLB level. He doesn’t exactly have soft hands. I think the outfield is in his near future.

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  25. Hmm says:

    Can you tell me why this guy isn’t Eric Young Jr with slightly better D and more speed?

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  26. Scott G says:

    Thanks for the reality check. As a Hamilton owner in Dynasty, I have visions of dominating the SB cats for years to come. Could happen but perhaps a great time to sell high?

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    • Mike Newman says:

      He is likely to dominate the category for years to come. Think of Juan Pierre. When he’s hitting .320 and stealing bases, everybody wants him. When he’s at .270, he’s waiver fodder.

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  27. Robert says:

    I doubt that Billy in going to be attempting to steal bases this often in the majors si I expect his SB% to rise.

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  28. Mike Green says:

    Coleman’s minor league batting record was much less impressive than Hamilton’s, because he walked much less and struck out considerably more. The real question, to my mind, is Hamilton’s defensive development. There have been speedy shortstops with poor arms who have become good defenders, and those who have not. He is young enough to develop that way. He is also young enough to learn how to play centerfield well, but that too is entirely uncertain.

    There have been successful shortstops (like Maury Wills) and centerfielders (like Richie Ashburn and Roy Thomas) with Hamilton’s offensive skill set.

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  29. Tyler Johnson says:

    The writer of this article threw a list of comparable players out there. But after going through all of them, I don’t see the similarity to Billy Hamilton. I think he is quite unique. Please give me some substance to these comparisons.

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    • Tyler Johnson says:

      I mean it all makes sense, but the only similarity shown here is that they are all fast people.

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    • Mike Newman says:

      Who says these were comparisons? It was a breakdown of the top-10 MILB stolen base leaders of all time showing speed alone doesn’t equal major league success. Many a prospect follower are seeing the gaudy stolen base totals and assuming he’s going to be star. This basic premise could not be further from the truth.

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  30. Hello,

    This is very nice thoughts and good video…

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  31. Juan Pierre says:

    Great article. Young man reminds me of myself. If he has my work ethic, he will have a great career. I’ve shown there’s always room on the diamond for great speed and plate discipline

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