Thursday afternoon news and notes

Time Magazine has an article on Billy Hamilton in their upcoming issue. They refer to Hamilton as “Baseball’s Next Big Star”. To read more than two paragraphs you need to subscribe to the Time Magazine website, so I don’t know much about what is said in the article. But in case some of you do, I thought I would pass the link along for you.

The Cincinnati Reds picked up RHP Mikey O’Brien in the Triple-A phase of the Rule 5 draft over the winter. There is a short interview with him up at a website for a product that he apparently uses after games to help in recovery from pitching that day. Most of the questions aren’t about the product, so go check it out and learn a little bit about the new Red. His favorite song is an interesting choice.

Tom Nichols has up part eight of his previewing the Dayton Dragons series this afternoon. The final look is at the potential outfielders. Here he profiles Phillip Ervin, Jeff Gelalich, Sebastian Elizalde and Beau Amaral. He also mentions that Sean Buckley will likely be serving as the designated hitter until he is allowed to throw again as he recovers from Tommy John surgery. Sebastian Elizalde is also recovering from Tommy John surgery, but he is ready to play the field at this point in the season.

It seems that more roster moves are being made today. The first one that I have seen is that Pat Doyle has been released. He posted a 2.97 ERA in 72.2 innings with the Bakersfield Blaze last season and made one appearance with the Pensacola Blue Wahoos.

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