Eric Milton was Eric Milton (7 hits and 4 runs in 3 and 2/3 innings), unfortunately, but Josh Hamilton continued to hit in today’s spring game versus the Pirates. Hamilton went 3-3 again today with an RBI, running his spring average up to .538.

Sheesh, with this guy’s power and obvious potential, he might not be a bad 25th man for the roster, regardless of the Rule 5 situation. If he proves he can play defense, I’d rather keep him over any of the Norris Hoppers he is competing with. He will pinch hit a couple of times a week, maybe get a spot start. Even if he tanked, he wouldn’t hurt the team that badly. And if he doesn’t tank, and turns into a useful player…well, it’s worth taking that chance, I’d say.

As long as Denorfia makes the roster, that is.

4 Responses

  1. BubbaFan

    I think Hamilton is a lock. Not only that, I think he may be a starting OFer, not a reserve. The beat reporters say he’s the best defensive CFer on the team. Given that, and the way he’s hitting…he should start. Not only because he’s outplaying the other candidates, but because he needs to play every day. He’s 26, and has been out of the game for four years. He needs to see a lot of at-bats…and it’s looking like it wouldn’t hurt the team to let him do that.

    The only thing I’m concerned about injury. He was extremely injury-prone, even before the drugs. But if he can stay healthy…

    I know, it’s still early…but it’s looking like the Reds have really caught lightning in a bottle here.

  2. Bill

    You want to give the guy a starting spot, based on ST stats? He’s never played above Single A for any length of time and has been out of the game for 4 years.

    I’m in favor of keeping him b/c he appears to be a talent and the cost is very little, but starting? No.

    If you start him, when he struggles, how long do you leave him in before benching him? 10 ABs? 20? 50?

  3. Sultan of Swaff

    What disturbs me about Milton is that he can’t help being himself. After this latest outing, he actually declared that he threw the ball really well. Apparantly, he includes his bullpen warmup with his overall performance assessment. Still, 7 hits in 3 innings, yeah, I guess he’s right on track.

  4. BubbaFan

    I think Hamilton could be something special. Given that, he needs to play every day (for the sake of his development as a player), and he needs to be on the 25-man roster.

    In a way, his hot spring may be a bad thing. If he struggled, it might have been easier to work out a trade.

    It’s early…but he doesn’t look overmatched. Even against Mariano Rivera.

    I think I’d give him a month as a starter. That should be enough time to see how he reacts when the other teams start to get good scouting reports on him.