You miss my point.
It doesn't matter whether Didi grades out higher than Billy. It is irrelevant.
Hamilton has something no other prospect in the Reds system has. Hamilton is a star.
The Reds are likely drooling at the thought of Hamilton running wild on the bases at GABP. He will bring attention. Fans. TV exposure. And probably will be a good player to boot.
This is not about Xs and Os. It's not about scouting or metrics. It's not about whether Gregorius is a better shortstop. It is about star quality.
The minute the Reds think Hamilton can play reasonably well at GABP he will be there and he will be all over the ads for Reds' baseball. Billy may play SS, second, the outfield - it doesn't matter. This is about watching Billy run.
This is correct. It is the same thing the Reds have in Chapman. These are two potentially significant marketing bumps the Reds can realize out of their talent pool -- pretty amazing given how they've been capitalizing on their star-quality talent lately.
Key, though, is that they have to be reasonably sure Hamilton and Chapman will succeed. I think they've probably learned from trying to market Bailey too quickly. It's going to take another year or so with Hamilton. Chapman is pretty much ready to step forward, and they better be sure he's not going to regress in his one-innig stints as a setup guy....