Cincinnati Reds: Billy Hamilton A September Call-Up

By Coop Ledford
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Today the Cincinnati Reds announced several roster changes, including their September call-ups. Here is the official statement from the Cincinnati Reds:

“The Reds have purchased from Class AAA Louisville the contract of LHP Zach Duke (#30), optioned to Louisville RHP Nick Christiani and designated for assignment RHP Justin Freeman. ”

So, what you just read is what the team did today. They will make more moves prior to Sunday’s game against the Colorado Rockies; as they will recall Henry Rodriguez, a very talented infielder, from Triple-A, and they will also bring up right-handed pitcher, Curtis Partch and speedy outfielder Derrick Robinson.

The Reds will make more moves on Monday before the start of their game against the St. Louis Cardinals. They will take Corky Miller off the disabled list, they will recall Naftali Soto, and they will finally call-up their  No. 1 prospect, Billy Hamilton.

Everyone in Reds’ country knows about Billy Hamilton; so many fans have been impatiently waiting to see him play in the big leagues, and it’s easy to understand why.

This season, Hamilton is hitting a solid .256, has six home runs and 41 RBI’s. Oh yeah, he also has 75 stolen bases, the most in professional baseball.

The Reds will be very happy to have the speed of Billy Hamilton available off the bench; he could come into the game as a pinch-runner, steal a base to get into scoring position, and then, hopefully score. The Reds have no had much speed this year, the fastest player they’ve used is Derrick Robinson, but Billy Hamilton is even faster.

With the transactions made by the Cincinnati Reds, they will become even more of a dangerous team as they continue to push for the NL Central Crown.

Coop Ledford is a Cincinnati Reds writer for Follow him on Twitter @CoopLed and add him on Google Plus.

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