And Then There Were Thirty-Seven

As the Cincinnati Reds continue to trim their spring squad to an eventual twenty-five player roster, two more prospects were reassigned Tuesday afternoon to minor league camp.

Outfielder Billy Hamilton was reassigned to minor league camp Tuesday as the Reds continue to make roster cuts. (Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports)

Outfielder Billy Hamilton (pictured) and right-handed pitcher Drew Hayes, both non-roster invitees, were not exactly surprising cuts. As manager Dusty Baker told Cincinnati.com:

There’s a lot he (Hamilton) has to learn. … [W]e had him come here to see where his development is and where he is and realize that he has some ways to go. If he didn’t, he’d be here already. Let’s not rush him, let’s let him develop.

In twelve games with the Redlegs, Hamilton went a combined 4-for-23 at the plate, good for a .174 clip. More notable was the stolen base column: Hamilton was successful in all three attempts, good for a share of second-most thefts behind Emmanuel Burriss (5).

Hayes, a 2010 eleventh-round pick out of Vanderbilt, was 0-1 with a 3.86 ERA across six relief efforts this spring.

During my research for the post, I was curious as to why Hamilton was being reassigned to the minor league camp instead of Triple-A Louisville. BRM broke the news in January that per general manager Walt Jocketty, Hamilton was on the fast track and expected to begin 2013 as a Bat.

In a discussion (read: tweet) with writer John Fay, I got my answer:

A brief search on the Reds’ Transactions page confirms this: players listed on the forty-man roster such as Kyle Lotzkar and Donald Lutz were optioned (in this case, both went to Double-A Pensacola), while invitee Ryan LaMarre was reassigned to minor league camp earlier this month.

With that said, here is the revised major league roster, courtesy of beat writer C. Trent Rosecrans:

Pitchers (18)

RHP Jose Arredondo
RHP Bronson Arroyo
RHP Homer Bailey
RHP Jonathan Broxton
LHP Aroldis Chapman
RHP Johnny Cueto
LHP Wilkin De La Rosa*
RHP Armando Galarraga*
RHP Clay Hensley*
RHP J.J. Hoover
RHP Mat Latos
RHP Mike Leake
RHP Sam LeCure
LHP Sean Marshall
RHP Nick Masset
RHP Logan Ondrusek
RHP Manny Parra
RHP Alfredo Simon

Catchers (4)

Ryan Hanigan
Devin Mesoraco
Corky Miller*
Miguel Olivo*

Infielders (8)

Emmanuel Burriss*
Zack Cozart
Jason Donald
Todd Frazier
Jack Hannahan
Cesar Izturis*
Brandon Phillips
Joey Votto

Outfielders (7)

Jay Bruce
Shin-Soo Choo
Chris Heisey
Ryan Ludwick
Xavier Paul
Denis Phipps*
Derrick Robinson*

*non-roster players

Who will be the next player to go? Let me know in the comments, and keep watching BRM for points and counterpoints through the week.

Topics: Billy Hamilton, Cincinnati Reds, Drew Hayes, Spring Training

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  • beeker

    Yesterday, Bleacher Report put Hamilton on its list of six most disappointing Reds performances in Spring Training. The whole article was garbage. Two minutes of my life I’ll never get back. But let’s hope that Dusty is right and everyone dials down the pressure on Billy for a while. “Let’s let him develop.”

    • http://blogredmachine.com/ Steve O’Red

      Would give you more than one ^ but it won’t let me :(

    • http://twitter.com/kourageBRM Kourage Kundahl

      Maybe it’s just me, but slideshows aren’t good measures of news or critical analysis. That said, those who think that speed alone will rule the day are insane. Hamilton’s still new to CF and the process is more than letting him be fast.

      On a high note, he was perfect in SB efforts against major league catchers. But when push comes to shove, Dusty’s still right on this one: let him develop. Cincinnati isn’t trying to build a future pinch runner, they want an outfielder. By the looks of it, there’s no real need to rush.

  • Steve Douglas

    Hamilton will be in Louisville, in fact he’s already on the Bats roster.

  • http://blogredmachine.com/ Steve O’Red

    It was said prior to the Reds Caravan that Hamilton would start this season in Louisville. In regards to being re-assigned or optioned, it’s matter of linguistics. Depends on a players status with the team as to which “label” can be used.

  • beeker

    Anyone see any non-roster player making the 25-man? Once those guys are sent out, there is just the matter of Masset and then deciding which two bull pen guys get the boot. As BRM has already discussed. :)

  • metalhead65

    well it is good to see J.J. HOOVER will be making the club. I mean all the guy does is strike people out and what club does not want that from a pitcher right? apparently the reds are the 1 club that do not want that from a pitcher. and why was he sent down? because he has options and guys like Arredondo do not? yeah makes perfect sense to keep a guy on the roster for that reason instead of the guy who actually does the job you want from a pitcher. ondrusek’s numbers were not bad last year because all the runners he let score belonged to somebody else and did not count against him.

    • http://blogredmachine.com/ Steve O’Red

      This isn’t the final roster. This is the list of players left in Reds MLB camp. Still 12 more to cut.

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