Monday, October 15, 2012

Billy Hamilton and teammates off to good start in Arizona Fall League

Well I went on vacation and missed the whole first week of the Arizona Fall League. (I didn't miss the Reds woeful last three games though. I still can hardly believe it.) Oh, you missed AFL 2012 debut too? Well don't worry because they were off yesterday and I'm about to get you up-to-date. If you need a primer to get yourself acquainted with the 2012 season of the AFL just go here where I preview the entire thing. A simple side note to be added to that post is that right-handed pitcher Tim Crabbe also joined his brethren as a member of the Peoria Javelinas after I wrote that.

Through five games the Peoria Javelinas are 3-2 and in 1st place in the AFL West division.

The biggest news in the whole league, at least pertaining to the Reds, is that top prospect and speedster, Billy Hamilton has begun his transition to the outfield and more specifically center field. Through two games he has not committed an error in CF, though that doesn't really tell you a whole lot. Without having seen any games, it's impossible to say how he really looks. He could be getting to everything under the sun, or he could be making bad reads and taking bad lines to balls he should be getting which don't show up in the E column, though I highly doubt that. I'm sure he's picking up on it just fine. If not, we will all surely hear about it some way or another.

At first glance, everyone is performing fairly well through the first five games, except Josh Ravin. There's plenty of baseball left though. From here on out there should be pretty regular updates on how the players are doing so just stay tuned.

Without further ado, here is an update on how all seven Reds prospects are performing thus far in the AFL:

OF Billy Hamilton

1B Donald Lutz

SS Didi Gregorius

RHP Drew Hayes

RHP Curtis Partch

RHP Tim Crabbe

RHP Josh Ravin

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