I’m starting to get together information for the positional previews I’ve done for the last several years and I’m procrastinating on grading I need to do as I wait to see if we even have school tomorrow, so it’s the perfect time for a Billy Hamilton post, right?
Hamilton, it seems, is going to be the centerfielder for the Reds. Projections, as you may know, are starting to roll out. Right now we have the Steamer and Oliver projections for Hamilton and they have different opinions about different parts of his game. So what happens, if we take the best case scenario in every category?
Assuming Hamilton plays 150 games, we would get something like this:
.249/.305/.338, 77 SB, +16 runs on D, 2.5 WAR.
That’s the dream, kids. If Hamilton does that, the Reds will be different from last year, but they won’t miss Choo so very much. Choo’s defense did not rate well last year, and Hamilton should be good-to-great in the OF, and that make a big difference.
So what do you think? How likely is the best case scenario?