Hamilton sent out
Reds CF and top prospect Billy Hamilton was part of the latest roster cuts from Spring Training. On Tuesday, Hamilton and RHP Drew Hayes were re-assigned to the Minor League camp.
Hamilton, 22, batted .174 (4-for-23) with two triples and nine strikeouts. He was in camp as a non-roster player.
“He hasn’t been switch-hitting that long. His record here in spring training, he’s not doing real well for a guy that has speed,” Reds manager Dusty Baker said before the move was revealed. “He’s striking out too much. He had to come here to see where his development is, where he is, and realize he has some ways to go. If he didn’t, he’d be here already.”
During the eighth inning of Monday’s 4-3 win over the Rockies, Hamilton hit one of those triples to the gap in right-center field. Had Tyler Colvin not cut it off quickly, Hamilton might have had an inside the park home run.
“He was really flying,” Baker said. “We’re enamored by speed because there’s less of it around. When I was playing, if you couldn’t run, you better be able to hit a bunch of home runs because most guys could run.”
The expectations are that Hamilton will begin the season at Triple-A Louisville.
There are 37 players left in Reds camp.