Bill Madden of the New York Daily News passes along some quotes from some major league scouts discussing Josh Hamilton.

“Josh Hamilton,” proclaimed longtime Baltimore Orioles advance scout Deacon Jones, “is the story of this spring training. This guy is not to be believed. I saw him the other night, with that power, that bat speed, that plate discipline and then that throwing arm and I said: ‘Whoaaaa. What is this? This guy might be the best I’ve ever seen.’ At one point, I got up and yelled to him: ‘This game ain’t this damn easy!’ I never saw him before, but now I know why he was the No. 1 pick in ’99. This guy’s a real player.”

Yankee VP of scouting Gene Michael, sitting across the table from Jones, nodded in agreement.

“He’s legitimate five tools,” Michael said. “It’s all there and he hasn’t lost anything from what I’ve seen. The Reds got themselves a tremendous player, but it’s always going to be a question. The drugs are always going to be there, waiting to get to him again.”

With Griffey looking more and more like he’ll open the season on the DL, Josh Hamilton looks to be the opening day starter in right field. What a great story he’s been so far. I hope we talking about him winning the ROY award this fall.