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Billy Hamilton’s role with the 2013 Cincinnati Reds could become the biggest argument throughout the season.
Hamilton is creating a mammoth reputation by breaking stolen base records and ranking as the 11th overall top prospect.
Redleg Nation waits anxiously to see the remarkable speed in his first invitation to spring training, but the biggest question is if Hamilton can make an impact on the 2013 season.
Yet to play a single Triple-A game, Hamilton did post a .311/.410/.420 slash line in 2012 with 22 doubles and his ridiculous 155 stolen bases.
Shin-Soo Choo’s ability to play center remains one of Cincinnati’s biggest question marks. Hamilton could get the call if Choo cannot grasp center field or if any of the Reds outfielders end up on the DL.
However, it’s unlikely Billy Hamilton makes the roster until later in the year.
By signing Choo to a one-year deal, the Reds have given the indication that center field is Hamilton’s to lose in 2014.
Although his tremendous speed and .410 on-base percentage could bolster the Reds lineup, Hamilton will likely be a September call-up as he gets used to the outfield.