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Hamilton uses speed but Seattle rallies past the Reds, 6-5

New Cincinnati Reds lead-off hitter Billy Hamilton has been the talk of the spring. Can he takeover for the Shin-Soo Choo, who left through free agency for the Texas Rangers in the off-season. Or will he have trouble hitting major league pitching?

Hamilton had a bunt single and stole another base in a 6-5 Reds loss to the Seattle Mariners in Glendale, Arizona.

The rookie outfielder started the Reds four-run third inning rally with a bunt single.

Billy Hamilton (courtesy Dayton Dragons)

The other Reds star of the game was Alfredo Simon. Usually a bullpen specialist for Cincinnati, Simon has been pressed into a starting pitcher this spring while Mat Latos recovers from a surgical procedure. Simon pitched three innings.

 

Surprise Reds call-up is lefty Tony Cingrani from Double-A Pensacola

 

Everyone expected the Cincinnati Reds to call-up speedy infielder Billy Hamilton from Pensacola. But that is not going to happen.

But one of his teammates and one of the Reds’ other top prospect pitchers is coming to Cincinnati for September.

The surprise call-up is left-handed pitcher Tony Cingrani from Double-A Pensacola. Cingrani was 10-4 with a 1.73 ERA in 26 games, including 25 starts, for Pensacola and Class A Bakersfield.

Tony Cingrani (courtesy of Pensacola Blue Wahoos)

Cingrani will essentially be taking the place of lefty Bill Bray in the bullpen.

Bray has made eight rehab appearances for Triple-A Louisville. He allowed three runs and five hits over 1 2/3 innings on Saturday.

Reds manager Dusty Baker says Cingrani will be the  extra lefty in the bullpen, along with Sean Marshall and closer Aroldis Chapman. It also means  Bill Bray might not be back this season.  Bray has been on the disabled list with a back muscle strain since July 31.

Reds September call-up list includes seven players; speedy Hamilton left off

 

(courtesy of MLBpressbox.com)

The anticipated Cincinnati Reds September call-up list has been on the minds of fans and media for the past month.

The list is out but the one player everybody wanted to see, Billy Hamilton, will not be coming to Cincinnati.

There are seven players that have been called up: right-handed reliever Logan Ondrusek, infielder Henry Rodriguez, shortstop Didi Gregorius joined the team on September 1.

Catcher Devin Mesoraco joined the team on Sunday in Houston.

Right-handed pitchers Todd Redmond and Pedro Villarreal will arrive in Cincinnati on Tuesday for the Philadelphia series.

 

Info compiled from Cincinnati Reds, Radio & TV news

Reds prospect Hamilton chasing Minor League steals record in a season

 

Billy Hamilton (courtesy of Bakersfield Blaze)

The media who follow the Cincinnati Reds and the Bakersfield Blaze know that shortstop Billy Hamilton is a very important player in the future of the major league team.

Hamilton is a speedy, leadoff  hitter that the Reds have needed and wanted for years.

General manager Walt Jocketty continues to ignore and downplay the idea from fans and media that Hamilton should be called up during September as a situational late-inning baserunner to steal bases. Jocketty is looking at the big picture, the future.

There is no doubt the Reds need a leadoff hitter better than Zack Cozart or Chris Heisey, but Hamilton has to improve in other areas, like fielding. He made 39 errors last year for the Low-A Dayton Dragons. This year for the Advanced-A Bakersfield Blaze, the speed merchant has committed 24.

Hamilton has been the talk of Minor League Baseball this season.

He has a chance to break the all-time minor league record for steals of 145 by Vince Coleman in 1983. Everybody said that record would never be broken. But that was before Hamilton came on the scene.

In 2011 for Dayton, Hamilton lead the minor leagues with 103 stolen bases. This year, as of today, Friday, July 6, the Mississippi native has 103.

The 21-year-old Hamilton says he is just “letting the game come to him and not trying to get caught up in the 145 steals record.”

He has been caught 21 times, so it’s 103-124, a success rate of 82.4%. An excellent rating!

A switch-hitter, the 6’1, 160-pounder, who probably will end up in the Reds outfield in left-field, has drawn 49 walks and has a .326 batting average with 78 runs scored, 108 base hits, 18 doubles, 9 triples and 30 RBI’s.

The big question for the Reds management is, when will Hamilton be moved to Double-A? He has proven that Single-A is no match for him!

 

Info compiled from Cincinnati Reds, Bakersfield Blaze, Radio & TV news

Reds’ prospect Hamilton progressed nicely with Dayton Dragons

 

In his first full season in the minor leagues, Billy Hamilton, second baseman for the Dayton Dragons, stealing a whopping 103 bases.

Down the late season stretch when the Dragons were on their way to clinching the Midwest League’s Eastern Division, Hamilton hit .372 over the final 10 games.

Billy Hamilton (courtesy of Dayton Dragons)

In the second half, he batted .318 with a .382 on-base percentage.

On the negative side, Hamilton did make 38 errors, which is typical for players in the low minors.

Info compiled from Dayton Dragons

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