Originally Posted by mdccclxix
I tend to agree the wait will be longer, but I just thought I'd introduce the possibility that it could go faster. We've seen the payoff on waiting (Votto, Alonso, Frazier) vs rushing (Bailey, Bruce). But you could argue it's all gone as well as it could have with Bailey, Bruce, Stubbs, and even Cueto. The general tag line with "rushed" prospects is that they had nothing left to learn at their level, which I often find hard to believe. In Bruce and Bailey's cases, clearly they did have things they could have learned. The question becomes can they help the Reds while learning the hard way? It also becomes a question of ticket sales. In this way, I think the baton of hyped-and-less-than-ready-prospects-that-can-help-the-Reds-win-games-AND-sell-tickets could be passed from Bailey to Bruce to Hamilton. I bet Hamilton's first game would see some nice attendance.
Bailey and Bruce were both rushed, but the Reds were so desperate for talent. Both also got flaws that seem to be taking them forever to correct. Homer it is the tempo with his mechanics. Bruce, going the otheway with his swing. It is very much a "feel" issues. Both could be superstars....if they get that feel down(ala Homer in LA for the last 3 innings).
I don't see that kind of pressure for Hamilton. He just needs to get on base in the leadoff spot. Nobody is desperate for a superstar. So he has one thing to worry about and one thing only.