Re: Hamilton being sent to AA
Couple of Klaw comments on Billy...
From his updated top 50 (he was the only Reds prospect on the list):
27. Billy Hamilton, SS, Cincinnati Reds (age 21)
Current level: Double-A (Pensacola)
Preseason ranking: 64
You saw the game-changing speed if you watched the Futures Game on Sunday, and you also saw why he might end up moving to second or, more likely, to center field. He looked stronger to me this year than he did last year, which will be key if he is going to keep his OBP up. The speed is great, but I'm trying not to overweigh it in these rankings. Michael Bourn stole 61 bases last year, yet added a bit more than seven runs of value on the bases, according to FanGraphs, so a reasonable expectation for Hamilton might be 9-10 runs a year, or about a win of value. He might be the most valuable fantasy prospect in the minors and is a very good prospect in the field, but there is a gap between those two values.
And from a chat:
Rob (Wilkes-Barre, PA): Higher ceiling: Billy Hamilton or Juan Pierre?
Klaw: Hamilton's better than Pierre ever was.