Originally Posted by Steve4192
I don't think it has anything to do with the level he is playing at. The difference between AA and AAA is pretty minimal. The only real difference is that AAA features a lot of older players who major league clubs keep around as insurance. Hamilton handled AA with aplomb last season, so moving him up to AAA was a reasonable decision.
Billy is just in a funk right now. He'd look bad regardless of what level he was playing at. To be honest, it's probably good for him. Every player needs to learn how to adjust and work his way out of a slump. Better he learns how to do that in Louisville rather than Cincinnati.
Yep, I agree 100%.
Billy actually had a brief period where he struggled in AA.. Maybe 2-3 weeks?
One of the coaches said it was a blessing, because Billy never really had to deal with adversity until that point.
Billy's hand eye coordination (among other things) is off the chart.
He'll figure things out.
One of the AA coaches (can't remember if it is from the Reds or another team) said he thought Billy could hit 300 in the majors eventually.
The point is, Billy will figure it out.
I'm not guaranteeing he will be the 400 OBP, 150 SB player we are all drooling for, but I think he's got a great chance of being an average ML CF or better. Again, not 100% chance, but a good chance.
No need to panic.
Thank you Walt and Bob for going for it in 2012 AND 2013!
Nov. 13, 2007: One of the greatest days in Reds history: John Allen gets the boot!