No Decision Made on Potential Hamilton September Call-up

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According to John Fay, Reds GM Walt Jocketty states that no decision has been made whether to bring up Billy Hamilton once the rosters expand due to September call-ups. The issue has been discussed, but at this point, there’s nothing imminent. For me, this is not a huge surprise.

Before we delve into this too much, here’s the stats in Hamilton for this season.

Split PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG
Total 485 445 68 116 16 4 6 39 69 13 35 94 .261 .314 .355
Last 7 days 21 19 3 7 0 2 0 0 1 1 1 0 .368 .400 .579
Last 28 days 112 104 15 33 5 2 1 10 15 2 6 20 .317 .355 .433
Last 90 days 310 283 45 79 10 2 4 27 47 10 22 65 .279 .330 .371
vs RHP as LHB 339 303 78 9 3 4 29 32 58 .257 .328 .347
vs LHP as RHB 145 141 38 7 1 2 13 3 35 .270 .283 .376
vs LHP as LHB 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000 .000 .000
April 97 88 8 18 5 2 0 6 15 1 9 16 .205 .278 .307
May 135 122 28 34 3 0 2 10 15 4 12 21 .279 .341 .352
June 107 102 14 25 3 0 3 12 19 4 4 28 .245 .274 .363
July 87 78 11 21 4 0 1 9 15 3 8 21 .269 .337 .359
August 59 55 7 18 1 2 0 2 5 1 2 8 .327 .351 .418
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 8/16/2013.


No question that Hamilton has been more productive as of late. As Fay points out, Hamilton’s triple slash since the All-Star break is .302/.343/.385.

In terms of looking at his 2012 season versus this season, Hamilton’s batting average currently sits 50 points lower than what he posted in 2012 (.311). Another concern, and maybe the biggest concern, would be Hamilton’s on-base percentage. In 2012, it was .410, compared to his .314 this season. While he’s not hitting like last season, another component of such would be the walk rate.

Walk rate and strikeout rate have largely been associated with Hamilton’s offensive production and success. Toward the end of 2011 with Dayton along with his stops in Bakersfield and Pensacola last year, it was thought Hamilton was starting to control these factors.

Year Tm PA BB SO BB% SO%
2009 Reds 180 11 47 6.11% 26.11%
2010 Billings 316 28 56 8.86% 17.72%
2011 Dayton 610 52 133 8.52% 21.80%
2012 2 Teams 605 86 113 14.21% 18.68%
2012 Bakersfield 392 50 70 12.76% 17.86%
2012 Pensacola 213 36 43 16.90% 20.19%
2013 Louisville 485 35 94 7.22% 19.38%

As you can see, Hamilton’s walk rate is the lowest since his first year in organized ball and about half of that rate of 2012. The strikeout rate is more in tune with his career numbers, but you would still like to see it be a little lower.

For Hamilton to utilize that speed, he’s got to get on base. You know the saying, you can’t steal first. Maybe it is what it is.

Some other things to consider.

In order for Hamilton to be among those September call-ups, room would have to be made on the 40-man roster. Jocketty stated the Reds “don’t have a lot of spots”. Sure, you could drop someone, but would it honestly be to the benefit of the club and Hamilton? Jocketty also says the Reds may not have a lot of September call-ups due to not having prospects that could currently help the team.

Also, if it’s speed you are looking for, there is Derrick Robinson. While he’s not the stunning success in stealing bases (only 3-for-8) as Hamilton, we already know he can hit MLB pitching. That would be an unknown with Hamilton. And like Hamilton, Robinson is a switch-hitter.

We know DRob can play both left and center. Hamilton might be able to man other outfield positions other than center, but at this point, it’s largely unknown if he could. The organization has largely placed emphasis on Hamilton learning center field and no other position.

It’s a little over two weeks before this decision must be made. I’ll guess that if the Reds decide to add an extra outfielder, it will be Robinson. I don’t think I’m going out on a limb there.

Topics: Billy Hamilton, Cincinnati Reds

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  • Matthew Gregory Proudfit

    Good post and I feel the same way. I really don’t see the benefit in bringing him up at this point in time. If he’s rushed to the bigs he could only be as lucky to put up D-Rob’s stats, which isn’t anything to write home about. Don’t push the issue…there’s nothing to be gained besides media attention and publicity if we brought up Hamilton.

  • beeker

    To argue the counterpoint, I would say there are two reasons to bring him up. 1) Pinch runner. That would be my primary role for him. 2) Exposure to the big league game. Isn’t that the primary reason guys get called up in Sept? Maybe he gets a couple of Sunday games when Choo gets a break heading into Oct, just to let him experience it.

    I understand the situation with the 40-man roster, but if the plan is still to bring him up next year, they are going to have to deal with it anyway. Isn’t that why Choo was only signed for one year, to give Hamilton a season in Louisville to get ready?