Speedy prospect Hamilton unlikely to be called up

Speedy prospect Hamilton unlikely to be called up

PHOENIX -- When September callups are summoned to the Reds in the coming days, there's a good chance that top prospect Billy Hamilton will not be among them. Hamilton, currently at Double-A Pensacola, has a record 154 steals in the Minors this season.

"We haven't made a final determination," Reds general manager Walt Jocketty said on Wednesday. "I'm going to go watch him this weekend, but probably not."

There was consideration to bring Hamilton up to be a pinch-runner extraordinaire to help the team. But it would have required adding him to the 40-man roster and thus starting his arbitration clock. He likely wouldn't be ready to hit or play the field.

"That's part of it," Jocketty said. "He's going to go to instructional league and the fall league. He needs a little break. There are a lot of variables involved."

Asked whether Hamilton could be playing somewhere other than shortstop after the season, Jocketty replied, "possibly."

The Reds are going to reveal their September callups on Friday. Major League teams are allowed to expand their rosters beginning on Saturday.

"We're bringing up a handful of guys," Jocketty said.

Some of the callups will arrive on Saturday. Devin Mesoraco, who was optioned to Triple-A Louisville on Aug. 23, will be come back up Sunday when he's first eligible. A few more guys will come up Tuesday after Louisville's season ends.