Originally Posted by OnBaseMachine
Why would Hamilton move to second base? He's got the tools to be a plus defensive shortstop.
Great to hear that Arias is impressing scouts with his play. The Reds have a ton of young, high upside talent in the lower minors: Yorman Rodriguez, Junior Arias, Juan Duran, Billy Hamilton, Ismael Guillon, Jonathan Correa, Ronald Torreyes...
Clearly the move to second is not for lack of speed or athleticism. Speed and athleticism play equally well at 2B in getting to balls. At that point arm strength seems to be relatively more important at SS. Is it possible that the Reds don't feel he has enough arm for the throw from the hole?
Your second points prompts an observation of the farm system in general. The chief distinction I see in the Reds farm system over the last three years is the emphasis on quality Latin American players. Five of the six you mentioned fall into that category. A second distinction is the practice of selectively drafting high ceiling HS players with college commitments and signing them over slot. Both of these practices have given the Reds a leg up on the competition in building a solid competitive player pipeline without taking the kind of financial risks that can destroy small market teams when free agent signings go south. The next decade will be good to be a Reds fan.