Originally Posted by Aronchis
Because that means Jay Bruce is ready to start right now and contribute at such a high rate at his age, he must start. Hamilton did that 922 OPS on limited playing time. He would have to wait untill Griffey is out of the picture.
Hamilton had 298 ABs of .922 OPS in the Majors. Bruce had 187 ABs of .925 OPS in AAA. Hamilton is already producing at a high rate in the Major Leagues. If we were talking about replacing an average ML OF with Bruce, then I would get behind starting him right away. As it stands, he is one of the four best OF in the Reds organization, so I want him in Cincinnati. He is so much better than the fifth best OF that I want him to get lots of ABs for Cincinnati. However, I cannot say that he will out produce any one of Dunn, Hamilton, or Griffey in 2008.
Hamilton, Freel, and Hopper combined for 882 ABs in 2007. Splitting those ABs between Hamilton and Bruce would give them each 441 ABs or about 2/3 of a starting role. That is 80 fewer ABs than Bruce had between A, AA, and AAA last year, more than enough to get him broken in to the Majors.