Originally written on Reds Minor Leagues  |  Last updated 11/26/12
The centerfield position is one of need for the Reds, who got a .226./.282/.339 line from the position at the big league level this past season. While the position has been filled with quality defense, that sort of offense will not cut it at the Major League level. The clear cut top prospect at the position is a guy who technically has yet to play an official game at the position, Billy Hamilton. After spending the first 4 years as a pro playing shortstop and second base the Reds sent him to the Arizona Fall League after the 2012 season to learn to play center. His offensive potential is interesting, if not often debated. For a player who can’t hit the ball over the fence, he is quite prone to the strikeout. At the same time he also draws a lot of walks. There is some debate as to how both of those will play out at the Major League level, but the question is more about will he be an average offensive player or an above-average one if the walk rate can come close to carrying over fro...
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