Good in the field. Good on the bases. Potentially questionable with the bat. In order for Billy Hamilton to stick with the Cincinnati Reds, he will need to improve really the only thing that could hold him back from being a huge superstar in this league. Hamilton will prove to everyone this spring that he belongs in the major league clubhouse.
Today in their first Grapefruit League action of the spring, Hamilton and the Reds faced the Cleveland Indians in an early battle of Ohio. Several top prospects were in action for both sides, but the Reds would get the better of it by defeating the Indians 8-3.
Trevor Bauer, who is the Indians’ top pitching prospect, got the nod in this one and went one inning. He displayed some control problems, walking two, one of which was Hamilton. Displaying his speed early, Hamilton swiped his first base of the spring and proved why getting on base is so important for him and the Reds. He ended up at third after a throwing error by Indians catcher Yan Gomes and wound up being stranded at third.
Hamilton got one more at-bat in this game, but grounded out. He still has plenty of work to do in order to be an everyday player in Cincinnati. That is what Spring Training is for, and when it is all said and done, he will prove that be belongs and will be a force in the NL.
One of the best parts of Spring Training as a writer and as a fan is the ability to watch prospects. Several of the Reds’ top prospects played in today’s game. Most notably, outfielder Yorman Rodriguez, who could potentially see some time in the majors next season along with catcher Tucker Barnhart. Outfielder Donald Lutz and pitcher Curtis Partch both saw some time as well.