C. Trent Rosenhaus, of The Cincinnati Post, reports Cincinnati Reds OF Josh Hamilton will remain in the lineup and get more at-bats. "We've got to get him on the field with what he's done," Reds manager Jerry Narron said. "The spring he had, the at-bats he's having right now. He looks like he belongs there. It's not going to be easy playing four outfielders, but we'll do what we can do."
I'm a fan of Josh Hamilton as a player... and though I've tempered my expectations in to this point I think it's time to get on and enjoy the ride. The fact is... this guy DOES have the tools. It can't be forgotten this guy was hands down the consensus number one pick in his draft class. That in itself should tell you this guy has the tools when you consider the guy picked behind him that year was Josh Beckett. Tools don't always translate to big league success... but they do translate to many chances. Considering Hamilton can't be sent to the minors without either the D-Rays or maybe all of major league baseball able to claim him (I believe that's how rule V picks work) it would be in the Reds best interests to make the most of him being on the big league team and use him. Though the outfield is pretty set, it'll be difficult for Narron to sit Hamilton if he is outperforming others in the OF. That said he obviously won't keep up this pace, and will get his days off for sure. Also, Griffey is an injury liability and so is Freel with his boom or bust all out play. Finally, is Scott Hatteberg so invaluable to the Reds that if all 4 outfielders are playing well they can't move Dunn to first and play Hamilton, Freel, Griffey in the outfield... it's certainly not Dunn's fielding exploits that are keeping him out there. Also take into consideration Freel's versatility as he could spell Encarnacion at third. Basically, I think Hamilton is worth owning in most 12 team leagues or deeper as he's already displaying good patience even after being removed from baseball for a few years. He's a low risk guy with high reward potential, ride his hot streaks and when he's playing, bench or cut him when he's not, but playing in the Reds home ballpark with the combo of power and speed he has... he could be a very serviceable contributor.
Great post B-Chad. I didn't know anything about this guy until reading this thread. So I looked and hes out in the FA pool in two of my leagues. Both are 12 team leagues with 6x6 and 7x7 cats. So who should get the ax if I roll the dice with this guy. For space reasons I'm not going to list both of my teams. I will give you my OF postion players and utl and/or bench players from each team.
OF CB Young
Utl C Jones
Utl C Jackson
Utl K Matsui
DL H Matsui
Young, Matsui, or Jackson will go when Hideki comes off DL.
OF D Young
I don't want to drop any of my pitchers on any team. As you can see I don't like to carry bench postion players. I flood the pitching cats and sometimes go for the quanty over quality. So any insight would be great. Or is this part time player just on a hot streak and were all just chasing box scores?
Move over Mantle and Maris, the new blood is here!!