Season's start. (No need to wait, let him get big league experience now.)
Mid Season Classic. (Let him refine his def. skills in cf for a few months and fast track him)
September Call-Up (Get him on the roster for a possible post season run and a cup of tea)
2014 (Give him a full season to develop and get him ready to start in 2014)
In the same vein as Chapman, Billy will put butts in the seats if he is the real deal. If the guy hits around .300 at Louisville, steals a gazillion bases.........it won't be long until he's up here.
Reds are on the verge of having two major league freaks of nature. The fastest pitcher and the fastest baserunner.
"I can't take this homerism anymore." - 10xWSChamps, August 11, 2010. A Cardinals fan having a problem with all the homerism on Redszone. Classic.
"Man do I miss the days where were didn't need a calculator and an encyclopedia of baseball metrics to enjoy a baseball game ... - MikeS21" - 8/2/12 game thread
I don't know he'll be ready by 2014. If he is, that will be fine.
There is no need to put a timetable on him. He'll be ready when he's ready.
If he repeats his 2012 performance with the bat and looks good in the outfield, bring him up in June/July and pencil him into the lineup for the next six years. If he drops off a bit but still performs at an acceptable level, bring him up after the minor league playoffs in September and give him a long look as the starting CF in 2014. If he barely hits his weight and struggles in the field, start making plans for another CF solution.
Sorry I put September call up not thinking to be on the postseason roster he would have to be up at the end of Aug. If they are going to bring him up late in the season I'd assume they would make him eligible for the postseason.
I'm all for taking our time with him. I was curious where others stood on him. As for what he will be in the majors I think this kid has a chance to be special. It's all going to come down to obp for him. If he can get on base there have been very few in mlb history who were/are capable of putting pressure on defenses and pitchers like Hamilton. Does it guarantee he'll be an all star or superstar? No. But can he be the lead off hitter this team has desperately missed for the last decade plus, I think so.
"It's better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak and remove all doubt."
I'm not a man of many words. Read my posts, and you'll see what I mean.
Some people are Optimists (They see the glass 1/2 full).
Others are Pessimists (They see the glass 1/2 empty).
Me, I'm a Realist. 1/2 empty IS 1/2 full.
Billy Hamilton should not sniff Cincinnati before 2014 - not even in September. I am not even real confident he'll be ready then. But I can't help but feel that come June or July during the 2013 season, they will promote him simply because he can put fans in the seats. And if one of the OF's (Ludwick, Choo, or Bruce) goes into a prolonged slump, the outcry to promote Hamilton will be overwhelming. The game threads will be unbearable to follow because the call to promote him will dominate the game threads for weeks.
Opinions are like belly buttons. Everybody has one, and they don't want someone else's shoved into their face.
I'd shoot for 2014. I would not be opposed to a looksee in Aug/Sept if the situation allows.
But if we are setting a target date for a kid that has yet to face AAA pitching and is learning a new position, I'll give him a year before I start making plans.
But if he wows in AAA, that changes everything.
Doug you've seen a lot of this guy, what is your opinion as far as what his ceiling is as a major leaguer?