Via Wezen-Ball, who breaks down all the numbers on the speed of Hamilton’s “trots,” comes Billy Hamilton being Billy Hamilton:
Hamilton is not having the greatest season at Triple-A Louisville. He’s hitting .248/.315/.349 with 30 steals in 53 games. Which is good, but not for him. Given that the Reds are loaded and winning like crazy this season it’s unlikely we’ll see Hamilton in the bigs this year. But we should definitely root for him to go on a tear so that he may be in Cincinnati’s plans for 2014 so we can see all that speed all the time.
Jon Heyman reports that the Indians are signing Tyler Clippard to a minor league deal. He’ll make $1.75 million if he makes the big league roster.
Clippard, a 12-year veteran who just turned 34, pitched in 73 games for the Blue Jays last year, posting a 3.67 ERA and a K/BB ratio of 85/23 in 68.2 innings. It was a nice bounce back year for him after he spent 2017 bouncing among three different teams in the course of a below average campaign.
With the departures of Andrew Miller and Cody Allen, and the elevation of Brad Hand to the closer’s role, Terry Francona will be looking for all the mid-innings help he can get in the Indians’ pen. Clippard could fit that bill.