Originally Posted by BungleBengals
The Reds need to be using a win now philosophy. I do not see why BH can't be called up to spot start and gain the necessary experience to help this team in the future. We have glaring holes at LF and SS which are both positions he knows how to play. Also, he could give Choo a break in CF here and there.
I know he is not tearing it up in the minors, but some guys appear to perform better on the big stage. Look at Lutz earlier this season, he was batting close to .220 before getting called up and he did well out of the gate before being sent back down. Also, look at Puig. I know he will likely cool off, but he batted .313 in 40 games in AA and right now he is batting .404 in 32 games in the majors.
The current makeup of our team will not last. We will have a hard time keeping our rotation, Choo, and possibly our coaches all intact next year. So why not bring up someone who could give this team a jolt? Besides the 13 run anomaly on Saturday, we are averaging 3.8 runs a game and likely will be going down with a tough West Coast road trip at the end of the month.
Where to even start with this. First, Billy Hamilton isn't a shortstop. He was moved off of it because he couldn't play it well and his skills were more suited in center. He had a serious throwing problem from shortstop that they tried for several years to correct and couldn't get it done. Also, he has never played an inning n left field. So shortstop and left field aren't going to be options for him.
Donald Lutz didn't start hot out of the gate. He never got hot at any point and was overmatched while with the Reds. I don't blame him, he was in a position where he had very little chance to succeed. He should have been in AA learning things he needed to work on, but due to injuries he was in the Majors not playing much against competition much better than he was prepared to play against.
Yasiel Puig, unlike Hamilton or Lutz, was actually hitting the cover off of the ball in the minor leagues when he got called up. He has ridden an insanely hot streak to start his career boosted by an unsustainable batting average on balls in play, but you know, at least he was ripping the minor leagues apart when he was called up.
The Reds need some help. Billy Hamilton isn't the answer right now.