Originally Posted by MikeS21
I don not see the need or the wisdom in fast tracking him for AA just because he is putting up good numbers at A+. Let him play the year out at A+ and work on some things to improve his game before he gets to AA and AAA.
I have always been a big believer in letting young players experience success. Let Hamilton refine his game in an environment where he is confident. There is no need to bump him up to AA and potentially have him struggle and lose confidence.
There is no rush to get him to the majors. The Reds already have quality players at his potential positions, and Hamilton has a LOT of work to do in every facet of the game. Even the best of part of his game (baserunning) is still incredibly raw and relies more on his athleticism rather than refined technique.
Personally, I'd leave him at Bakersfield all year, do the same thing next year in AA with a possible September call up if he plays well, and then put him on the AAA-Cincinnati shuttle in 2014 if everything goes well over the next year and a half.