Because I never want to miss an opportunity to hype Billy Hamilton, I don’t want you to miss this piece over at MLB.com about Hamilton’s world-class defense:
It may be easy to look at Hamilton’s lack of offense and conclude that other than the speed, there’s not much to see here. But that would be overlooking one spectacularly important aspect of his game: Hamilton’s is baseball’s biggest highlight machine in the outfield. And finally, we can prove it, using our new metric Catch Probability, which you can see in action during the MLB Network broadcast of Thursday’s World Baseball Classic game between the Dominican Republic and Canada (6 p.m. ET) and throughout the rest of the Classic.
Right now, we can share that Adam Eaton and Ender Inciarte tied for the 2016 Major League lead for most Five-Star plays, with 10 apiece. But remember — Hamilton missed the final month of the year with an oblique injury, so while he finished second with nine Five-Star plays, he finished first in percentage of turning Five-Star opportunities into outs. That is, 38 percent of the time a potential Five-Star play came his way, he converted it, tops in the game, and well above the Major League average of 17 percent.
You’re really want to go over there and look at the entire piece, if only for the opportunity to watch the video of Hamilton’s five most-impressive defensive plays of the 2016 season. Unbelievable.
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