Adam Ronis, who writes a fantasy baseball column for newsday.com posted an entry discussing whether Hamilton is a first rounder in a baseball fantasy draft for the upcoming season. Full disclosure, last year I drafted Hamilton with the last pick of the 16th round in my main fantasy draft. Overall, my team sucked (I had serious pitching issues), but I like to credit myself with possibly the best 16th round selection ever.
Ronis’s opinion is that there are too many question marks around Hamilton for him to be a first rounder, especially given the fact that he has only played one full season, and definitely slowed down in the latter half of the season. No argument here. I personally wouldn’t draft him in the top half of the first round, but if I am in the bottom half (and I usually am, I have horrible luck with draft positioning), he probably wouldn’t get past me. And he definitely wouldn’t get past me in the second round. Picking 9th or 10th, I might gamble that I could get him on the wraparound, but sometimes you just have to play it safe.