It may have been that his BB rate in college dropped three straight years, while hi K/9 was in double digits during that span. It may have been that he was considered major league ready, or close to it, and the Reds had a craptastic rotation and almost no SP depth at the time.
That MAY have been why the Stubbs pick was a bad one. I'm thrilled he's hitting now, but rotation of Harang, Lincecum, Cueto, Arroyo with Bailey on the way means the Reds likely don't trade Hamilton. I love EV in the rotation, but Lincecum would balance that and give the Reds 2 tremendous young talents in the OF, Bruce Hamilton.