Originally Posted by mdccclxix
Getting ahead, let's say Hamilton maintains his pace in AA the rest of the year. There has to be a chance he'd start 2013 in AAA right? Realistically, he could be a May/June callup next year to avoid super 2 and all that. It's realistic, but perhaps just best case scenario, which isn't always going to happen. If the Reds decided he was going to play CF and leadoff, assuming Billy continues to progress, how could they not see him as at least a wash over the .550 or whatever OPS from leadoff this year? Trade Stubbs for payflex, insert Heisey full time CF, then callup Billy if he's going Jay Bruce on AAA.
If Billy joins the Wahoos and seamlessly continues to hit as he has at bakersfield, I'd say the Reds might give him an opportunity out of Spring training as a SS (he would need at least a AAA season at CF to be ready). I think that;s probably moot though because I expect at least an initial adjustment period in AA.