Jocketty to Enquirer: Hamilton will play CF
With the departure of Shin-Soo Choo, the Reds have an outfield hole to fill and it sounds like it will be speedster and top prospect Billy Hamilton lending a hand.
Reds GM Walt Jocketty told the Cincinnati Enquirer‘s John Fay that the plan is for Hamilton to play center field and lead off next season.
“He’s the guy,” Jocketty reportedly told Fay. “We feel confident he can be a good leadoff hitter. He’ll give us great defense. The only question is how often he can get on base. He’ll start working on his bunting again after the first of the year. If he can master that, it will really help him.”
The 23-year-old stole 13 bases in 14 attempts last September as a call-up after stealing 75 in the minors. He also swiped a record-155 bases in 2012. Hamilton is considered the Reds’ No. 1 prospect by MLB.com.
– Joey Nowak