Cincinnati Reds: What Kind Of Role Will Billy Hamilton Have?

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In the very near future, Cincinnati Reds‘ No. 1 prospect Billy Hamilton will make his MLB debut.

Hamilton has been playing professional baseball since 2009 and has 395 stolen bases. If you take away those 395 steals, he isn’t a great player. He is an average hitter hitting .256 this season at Triple-A Louisville, and he isn’t a power hitter.

Hamilton will soon be a member of the Reds once the September call-ups occur, and a lot of people are wondering what his role will be.

Billy is best at playing center field. That’s where he has been all season long for the Louisville Bats, but he was playing shortstop prior to that. Hamilton could probably play anywhere in the outfield any time another outfielder needs a day off.

Reds left fielder Ryan Ludwick still isn’t playing everyday, so Hamilton will likely find some playing time in left field. He probably won’t get any time at shortstop just because he hasn’t played there for a while and it would be hard to get used to again.

Hamilton will likely be more than a pinch runner. There isn’t a great chance that the Reds will re-sign Shin-Soo Choo after this season, despite the great season he is having. They Reds’ front office will want to see what their future center fielder can do, so they will probably play him more than one would expect.

It will be interesting to see how Hamilton does in the final month of the 2013 season, and if he can help the Reds reach the playoffs.

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

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