Tomorrow is the Arizona Fall League’s Rising Stars Game, and two players in the Reds’ system are on the West Division’s roster – Curtis Partch and Billy Hamilton. This will be a good chance to check them out in color, as the game will be televised on MLB Network at 8 PM ET. I’m honestly just jazzed that a baseball game will be on TV. I hate the off-season.
Anyway, at this point Hamilton needs no introduction to either Reds fans, or baseball in general, as this season has cemented his reputation as the up-and-coming young speedster to watch. Hamilton hasn’t been hitting particularly well as a Peoria Javelina (in 43 at-bats), but he’s probably concentrating more on learning how to play centerfield than getting on base. Of course, he has stolen 6 bases (and was caught once) in his 12 appearances. I’m hoping he tries to put on a little bit of a show, since we all get to watch. I guess he will need to get on base first. I think he will start, since I don’t notice any other center-fielders on the roster.
Curtis Partch is a bit of a lesser known son. He’s a 25-year old RHP who has been in the Reds’ system since 2007. 2012 marks his switch from starting to relieving, which may be why he’s in the AFL. So far, relieving seems to agree with him. His ERA is nothing special, but his 8.2 K/9 rate in AA this year is the highest in his minor league career. He seems to be pitching well in the AFL, throwing 8 2/3 innings in 8 games, striking out 10, and walking only 2. His 0.92 WHIP is pretty as well. Partch is older than many of the prospects in the AFL, but it’s still positive news.Other Reds prospects in the AFL include Donald Lutz, who is hitting really well (17 hits in 11 games, 4 XBH), and defensive wizard Didi Gregorius, who is hitting less well.