Sunday, August 2, 2020

MLB Trade Review: Mets acquire Hamilton


       The New York Mets have acquired OF Billy Hamilton from the San Francisco Giants in exchange for RHP Jordan Humphreys.

       This move comes as a surprise, as Hamilton was on a minor league deal with the Giants, and did not make the team's roster. Also, MLB Pipeline ranks Humphreys as the club's 14th best prospect. However, Humphreys was recently designated for assignment, and the highest level he has pitched at is High-A, and he's only made two starts there. Humphreys is only a year younger than star Pete Alonso, as well as bench bat Dominic Smith, and he is the same age as shortstop Amed Rosario. While Hamilton brings almost no value at the plate, even though he's a switch-hitter, he is known for his great speed and his glove. Hamilton had seven outs above average last year, and has reached as high as 21 in a season. Hamilton also had a 29.5 ft/s sprint speed, and he can easily go from home to first base in under four seconds. With a runner starting on second base in extra innings, Hamilton has added value for the Mets. They can use him like the rival Braves did last year, as he only had 41 at-bats in 26 games.

       Hamilton, 29, hit no home runs with 15 RBIs, a .218 average, 22 stolen bases plus an OPS of .564 in 353 Plate Appearances for the Atlanta Braves and Kansas City Royals last year. In his seven year MLB career for the Braves, Royals and Cincinnati Reds, Hamilton has hit 21 home runs with 176 RBIs, a .242 average, 299 stolen bases and a .623 OPS in 3089 Plate Appearances.

       The Giants aren't a very good team. Humphreys can make their team and pitch, even without much minor league experience. Humphreys missed most of 2019 and all of 2018 with Tommy John surgery.

       Humphreys, 24, had a 4.50 ERA with two strikeouts in two innings for the rookie league Mets last year. In his minor league career, Humphreys has a 2.60 ERA with 177 strikeouts in 169.2 innings. 

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