Billy Hamilton has incredible speed and defensive ability. He is one of the best base stealers in recent memory and a highlight reel defender in the outfield.
But (there’s always a but), he is not a good hitter and gets on base very infrequently.
That’s a major liability because it means that his speed is not that useful when he’s walking back to the dugout after a strikeout. Thus far this spring, he has gone 5-for-20 with seven strikeouts.
The Giants will have to determine whether the runs he saves in the outfield and possibly the runs he contributes on the base paths will be worth his offensive shortcomings.
I would feel a lot better with Hamilton in center, but not great about him in a lineup that will need all the help it can get. If only there was a player who was fast, played great defense, and hit for power plus average.
I guess I just described Mike Trout. Wouldn’t it be nice if the Giants had a Mike Trout?