Originally written on The Outside Corner  |  Last updated 10/13/14
For the past three-plus months, I’ve been able to see a lot of California League action. Now, at the halfway point in the season, there is a good enough sample size to begin to match the stats with the observations that I have been noting along the way. Here are some quick notes on some of baseball’s top prospects that I’ve seen with my own eyes. Billy Hamilton, SS, CIN – One of the fastest players in professional baseball, Hamilton continues to excel at the plate and on the basepaths. His swing is fluid and quick from the left side, fitting for his line-drive, ground-ball approach, though his right-handed swing is slightly longer, but generates a bit more pop. One of the only issues I have with Hamilton’s approach is how he tends to lunge at pitches outside the strike-zone too often. His two-strike approach in terms of shortening up is great, but he won’t get away with chasing bad pitches as often at the higher levels against better pitching and better defense. Unless he improv...
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