According to the Cincinnati Reds‘ twitter account, the Reds have announced on Tuesday that they have reassigned outfielder and number one prospect in the minor leagues Billy Hamilton to the minor league camp along with RHP Drew Hayes.
So far in the 2013 spring training, Hamilton had four hits in 23 at-bats for an average of .174 with nine strike outs, two walks and an on base percentage of .240.
Those numbers are not staggering in the least bit, but you have to give credit where credit is due. Hamilton is only 22-years old and was trying to earn a spot on the Reds’ roster while facing guys who have played in the MLB for many years now. On top of all that he’s still learning how to become a center fielder in the process.
I don’t think this was a move that many Reds’ fans didn’t see coming. Hamilton has to develop better a better approach at the plate if he wants to see time in the MLB this season. If the Reds want this to work they have to be patient with him. Anyone can tear up minor league pitching, but there is a reason these guys are in the majors–they can pitch.
I know Reds’ fans are eager to see Hamilton get out there and fly around the bases, and he can do that with ease. The biggest thing Hamilton has to work on, on top of having a better approach at the plate, is becoming a better lead off hitter. The whole objective of being a lead off hitter is to get on base–something Hamilton did not do, or did not do well I should say, this spring.
Hamilton has a very bright future to say the least, but this is one of those things where Reds’ fans, the organization and Hamilton himself have to be patient with. This is the exact reason why they got Shin-Soo Choo–a bridge player for Hamilton next year.
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