Originally posted on The Fantasy Fix  |  Last updated 2/21/13
Billy Hamilton enters the 2013 season as one of the most talked about offensive specimens in recent history. And by offensive, I don’t mean rude, crude or that he carries a heavy bat. I simply mean, he’s fast. Like, the fastest man in baseball, fast. Scouts refer to Hamilton’s speed as “plus-plus,” or, on the typical 20-80 grading scale scouts use, one scout told me Billy was a “100.” To try and put this in perspective for you, when I scouted Hamilton in the California League in 2012, I clocked him from home-to-first in 3.3 seconds from the left-hand side and 3.4 seconds from the right. When I thought I was out of my mind, or possibly just clocking him incorrectly, I double-checked with the adjacent scout, who confirmed the times. Don’t blink. Hamilton’s speed is the chief reason he is listed as the Reds’ top prospect on multiple outlets, including our friends over at FanGraphs. He’s used said speed over the past two seasons to steal 259 bags in 316 chances across three different le...
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