I know we’re all in hyper-playoff mode, but didn’t want this nugget from Mark Sheldon to get by us…
ST. LOUIS — It’s been hinted and largely expected, but now it will definitely happen next season. Reds top prospect Billy Hamilton is switching positions, going from shortstop to center field.
“There are a lot of reasons,” Bill Bavasi, the Reds’ vice president of scouting and player development, told MLB.com. “We have [Zack] Cozart. We have Didi [Gregorius]. If you watch Hamilton’s style of play, it’s a pounding style of play. It would be an easier position for his body to take along with the base stealing. Everything seems to work better.”
Moving Hamilton to center field does not mean a Major League promotion is imminent for 2013.
“He’s not at the point yet where we have to make room for him,” Bavasi said. “I can’t really tell you where he’s going to start next year — Double-A or Triple-A.”
But this bodes well for the organization (in my opinion) and probably doesn’t bode so well for Drew Stubbs.
I’ve been a Reds fan since the late ’60’s, with my luck of being able to attend plenty of games at Riverfront during the BRM era. I was sitting in the Green Seats in the OF when Pete came home in ’84 and was in the Red seats when Glenn Braggs reached over the fence in ’90 to beat the Pirates. I have had many favorites from Jim Maloney to Johnny Bench, Barry Larkin, Adam Dunn, and Jay Bruce.