Originally posted on Fangraphs  |  Last updated 4/25/12
Billy Hamilton, SS, Cincinnati Reds Current Level: A+2012 Top 15 Prospects Ranking: 2nd Current Value: Looking Up Hamilton is running away with the title of ‘Most Exciting Player’ in the minors. The Reds speedster has 18 steals (in 22 tries) in as many games. He’s using his speed to get on-base too; he’s hitting .405 from the left side and has beaten out a few infield singles. Hamilton also clearly understands that it’s important for him to get on-base to take advantage of his speed as he’s walked 11 times, which has allowed him to score 18 runs. The 21 year old is definitely being aided on offence by the potent California League but he should see double-A in the second half of the season. After making five errors already this year (and 39 last season) it’s his defense that might hold him back a bit. Current Reds Zack Cozart is more consistent and more of a proven commodity but he cannot match Hamilton’s upside. Will Middlebrooks, 3B, Boston Red Sox Current Level: AAA2012 Top 15 Prospects
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