Originally Posted by redsof72
Theo Bowe vs. Billy Hamilton: No comparison. Bowe might be within a tick to first base, but he does not possess the instincts on the bases, read and react, ability to change the game of a Hamilton. I watched both players for a full season and I never saw Bowe do any of the things that Hamilton did.
The options thing is getting a bit confusing for some. It is really pretty simple. The player can be optioned to the minors three seasons. So if they called him up in September, he could be optioned as many times as they want in 2013, 2014, and 2015. By 2016, he would have to stay on the roster or clear waivers if they wanted to send him down.
Here's a realistic exception . . .
Let's say he's able to stick on the Reds' roster in 2015 and doesn't get optioned that year. If he struggles in 2016, the Reds would still have the chance to send him down to the minors and use up Hamilton's 3rd option.
In other words, the option years don't need to be used consecutively.