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Reds Send Hamilton To Bats

John Fay -Premium Content

The Reds extended their affiliation agreement with Triple-A Louisville through 2016 at the end of January. A couple of days later, Reds general manager Walt Jocketty gave the Bats a signing bonus. Jocketty said Billy Hamilton, the Reds' top prospect and arguably the most exciting prospect in the game, will start the 2013 season as the Bats' center fielder.

Majors | #Billy Hamilton#Cincinnati Reds#Organization Reports

Reds Have Depth Behind The Plate

John Fay -Premium Content

Everyone knows who the No. 1 catching prospect in the Reds organization is. Devin Mesoraco is the catcher of the future. But Tucker Barnhart gives the Reds good depth at the position. Barnhart, a 21-year-old switch-hitter, won the 2011 Gold Glove for the entire minor leagues. That's quite an honor, considering Barnhart spent the year at low Class A Dayton. He committed two errors in 97 games and threw out 47 percent of basestealers.

Majors | #2012#Cincinnati Reds#Organization Reports