Re: Will Billy Hamilton be moved to CF?
I think where Billy ends up will determine mostly by how he fares defensively as well as what moves the Redsdo in deals between now and 2013.
Billy's value is certainly greater if he sticks at SS, but by the same token SS is one place where I don't want to compromise on defense. I would be perfectly fine with Cozart and Gregorious sharing the SS position over the next few years and moving Billy to CF.
Normally, I might like to have a bit more power from my CFer, but if Billy can maintain his improved walk rate, but and just beat the ball into the ground enough, he'll get on base quite a bit. Also, while he's probably never gonna hit 20 dingers (or maybe even 10 for that matter), I can see him developing more gap power as he matures. One thing to remember about Hamilton, every walk, every bunt single, every HBP or reached on an error is potentially just a pitch or two from being a double or triple with his speed and ability to swipe bases.
Defensively? He certainly hs the speed to cover a lot of ground out in center, but he doesn't have any experince. If they are going to make a move, it needs to be done this offseason at the very latest. You'd prefer a better arm out there, but his arm isn't terrible.