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Billy Hamilton (Photo: Joe Lovett)

Biographical Data
Player Name:Billy Hamilton
School:Taylorsville (Miss.)
School Type:High School
Academic Class:Senior
Weight:150 lbs.
Report Date(s):4/13/09
Game(s):Sumrall HS

Focus Area
Hitting ability:Hamilton has bat speed and strength, but has a very crude approach. There are holes in his swing that will need to be closed as he has trouble with pitches away and off-speed stuff.
Power:It's raw, maybe future average. For a shortstop, it's pretty good. He doesn't show much power now because of the mechanical flaws in his swing.
Running speed:He's above average, a real easy runner who makes it look effortless.
Base running:Hard to judge, but moves up bases when he gets the chance. He'll likely have to learn to read pitches to become a basestealing threat in the future.
Arm strength:It's above average, though he doesn't show it much.
Fielding:There are some who feel he's destined for the outfield, others who think he might be able to stay at short, even though he doesn't always seem natural there.
Range:His athleticism makes it pretty good. He's a better fielder on the move.
Physical Description:Hamilton is a very athletic middle infielder; a three-sport standout who resembles a young Tony Fernandez.
Medical Update:Healthy.
Strengths:Athleticism off the charts. All the potential tools are there, if a bit raw.
Weaknesses:Crude offensive approach makes some worry about his ability to hit at the next level. Hasn't been exposed to too much top-flight opposition.
Summary:Hamilton is the quintessential high-risk, high-reward athlete at this level who is sure to interest many in June. A three-sport star in Mississippi, he's got all sorts of tools, though his hitting approach is a bit crude and he's got some holes in his swing. But the bat speed, strength and running speed would make any scout at least intrigued, especially if you think he can stay at shortstop. Someone will take a chance on that -- and that they can sign him away from his football commitment to Mississippi State on Draft day.