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6 Billy Hamilton CF
Height/Weight: 6-0/160 | Birthdate: 9/9/1990 | Birthplace: Collins, MS | Bats/Throws: S/R | Team: Cincinnati | College: None | MLB Experience: 3 | Owned/Started%: 93/74 | Average Draft Position: 146.05
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OF Hamilton out of Reds lineup, OF Schumaker in


by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(7/21/2015) The Reds will give Billy Hamilton a rest Tuesday, as the speedy outfielder will sit for the contest against the Cubs and be replaced in the lineup by Skip Schumaker

Schumaker will hit in the No. 8 slot in the lineup for the first time this year, and it will be just the third time in 15 games that the Reds have hit a position player, and not the pitcher, in the eight-hole. 

Schumaker will play left field. He is hitting .213 with 6 RBIs in 66 appearances this season. 


Jason Bourgeois gives Billy Hamilton a rest for Reds


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(7/12/2015) Reds centerfielder Billy Hamilton isn't in the team's lineup for Sunday's game, snapping a string of five straight starts and 11 of the last 12. 

Jason Bourgeois gets his second start of the season in Hamilton's place. 


Reds' Billy Hamilton steals 41st base of year


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(7/5/2015) Reds outfielder Billy Hamilton didn't start, but that didn't keep him off the basepaths. 

Hamilton pinch hit in the sixth inning of Sunday's loss to Milwaukee. He walked and promptly stole his MLB leading 41st base of the year. 


Reds CF Billy Hamilton could play way into leadoff spot


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(6/30/2015) Reds center fielder Billy Hamilton is back in the leadoff spot Tuesday against the Twins after a standout performance batting leadoff Monday. He went 2 for 4 with three runs, two walks and four stolen bases.

While Hamilton is currently batting leadoff as Brandon Phillips is sidelined due to injury, manager Bryan Price said Hamilton could stay in that spot if he continues to perform well.

“If he can do what he did yesterday on a regular basis, that would be great,” Price said, per MLB.com. “You guys know, the great importance of that role is you know that guy is going to get the most at-bats on your ballclub, and he needs to be on base.”

Price added Hamilton is still finding his way from the left side of the plate as a switch-hitter. Although, he is improving on bunt hits. After starting 0 for 6 on bunt-hit attempts, he is now 6 for 17 (.353).

“The more balls he gets on the ground, the more chances he has of getting on base,” Price said. “I still believe that’s the role he will fill for this team. It just has to come on a more consistent basis before he returns full-time to the leadoff spot.”


Reds CF Billy Hamilton gets rare leadoff nod Monday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(6/29/2015) Reds speedster Billy Hamilton has returned to the leadoff spot Monday against Minnesota - at least for one game. He has been elevated in the lineup due to the absence of Brandon Phillips.

Hamilton continues to struggle. He is 4-for-22 over his last six starts with four hitless efforts.


Reds CF Billy Hamilton has first SBs since swiping five bases


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(6/24/2015) Reds center fielder Billy Hamilton totaled two singles, one RBI, one run, one strikeout and two stolen bases during a 7-6 loss Tuesday at Pittsburgh. He had his first steals since totaling five stolen bases June 14 against the Cubs.

Hamilton has 12 of his 33 steals in June. He is batting .237 with one double, five RBI, six runs, four walks and 12 strikeouts in 17 June games.


Reds CF Billy Hamilton swipes five bases in loss to Cubs


by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(6/15/2015) Reds center fielder Billy Hamilton was a complete menace on the bases during his team's 2-1 loss to the Cubs on Sunday.

Hamilton went 2 for 3 with a walk and a double, but what was impressive was the fact that once he got on base he could not be stopped. He stole five bases, which hasn't been done since 2013, according to ESPN Stats & Info.

"I am certain he's going to do that again," Cubs manager Joe Maddon said of Hamilton's quintet, per MLB.com. "He's an extremely unique talent when it comes to speed. He should play in the NFL in the offseason."

Hamilton is hitting .224 with three home runs and 17 RBI in 210 at-bats this season.


Reds CF Billy Hamilton back in lineup after missing three games


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(6/12/2015) Reds center fielder Billy Hamilton made his return to the starting lineup Friday against the Cubs after sitting out three games to deal with a wrist/hand injury.

Hamilton returns in time to face Cubs starting pitcher Jason Hammel. Hamilton is batting .210 with one triple, one home run, two doubles, 12 RBI, 15 runs and 16 stolen bases against right-handers in 2015.


Reds still without Brandon Phillips, Billy Hamilton on Friday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(6/11/2015) Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips (groin) and center fielder Billy Hamilton (wrist/hand) were once again held out of the starting lineup Friday against the Cubs. 

Phillips is missing a second straight game, while is sidelined a third straight game.


Billy Hamilton, Brandon Phillips out Wednesday due to injuries


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(6/10/2015) Reds outfielder Billy Hamilton (wrist/hand) and second baseman Brandon Phillips (groin) were not in the starting lineup for Wednesday's game vs. Philadelphia. Ivan De Jesus started in Phillips' absence, while Kris Negron replaced Hamilton.

Hamilton missed a second straight game. He is off to a slow start offensively in June, batting .217 with no extra-base hits and three RBI in seven games. He does have four stolen bases.

“It’s all good. I just got to let it calm down for a couple days and get back at it,” Hamilton said, per MLB.com. "I told [manager Bryan Price]… ‘Listen, if you need me, I’m here. I can do whatever you need me to do -- bunt, swing, run for sure.’ The game actually came out the way he wanted it to. He didn’t want to have to make the decision to use me. He wanted to give me that break.”

Phillips is missing his first game since suffering the groin injury Tuesday. Phillips saw his hitting streak end at eight games Tuesday, as he went 0 for 1 with a walk before leaving the game. He is batting .400 (14 for 35) with one home run, three doubles, six RBI, four walks, nine runs and two stolen bases in his last nine games.

“It’ll be one of those day-to-day things,” Price said Wednesday morning about Phillips. “We’ll see how he responds with treatment today. It’s just, again like they mentioned, it’s one of those injuries if it gets worse it becomes a significant concern so should know more by the end of the day and tomorrow on when he’ll be ready to play again.”


Reds CF Billy Hamilton sits, Brennan Boesch starts Tuesday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(6/9/2015) Reds center fielder Billy Hamilton is out of the starting lineup for Tuesday's tilt with the Phillies. Hamilton had started each of the last 13 games for the Reds, slashing .261/.292/.261 in 46 at-bats, with eight stolen bases over that stretch. He has hit safely in all but three of those 13 games.

Manager Bryan Price says Hamilton is bothered by hand and wrist discomfort, which could explain why he is being held out of the lineup. 

Brennan Boesch will spell Hamilton in center field and bat eighth on Tuesday. Primarily a bench player this season, Boesch hasn't made a start in the outfield since May 24.


Billy Hamilton steals 22nd for Reds


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(6/2/2015) Reds center fielder Billy Hamilton stole his 22nd base of the year in Tuesday's loss to Philadelphia. 

Hamilton went 1 for 3 and drove in a run, his 15th. He was also caught stealing for the fourth time this year. 


Reds OF Billy Hamilton producing from bottom of order


by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(5/30/2015) Reds outfielder Billy Hamilton continued his hot hitting from the lower portion of the batting order, driving in two runs during Saturday's victory over the Nationals. 

Per MLB.com, Hamilton has hit in eight of the 10 games since manager Bryan Price moved him from the top of the lineup, where he spent 171 of 181 of his games in the majors. Hamilton has a six game hitting streak in which he is hitting .363 with five RBIs. 

"I just think it's a fact that he doesn't have to be anything but a great center fielder and a guy that goes out there and contributes as opposed to, as we say here, 'Billy goes, we go'," Price said. 


Reds' Billy Hamilton back in lineup Monday vs. Rockies


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/25/2015) Reds center fielder Billy Hamilton is back in the starting lineup and batting ninth in Monday's matchup with the Rockies.

Hamilton suffered shoulder and wrist injuries on a slide on Saturday and was held out of Sunday's game, but it appears the issue was minor. He has hit .211/.256/.322 with three home runs, nine RBI and a league-high 17 stolen bases in 152 at-bats.

It's the first time this season manager Bryan Price has batted the pitcher eighth. The Reds are favorites (-140) on Monday, per VegasInsider.com.


Billy Hamilton out of Reds' lineup on Sunday


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(5/24/2015) Reds center fielder Billy Hamilton is not in the team's lineup for Sunday's game. 

Hamilton suffered a shoulder and wrist injury while sliding, trying to steal a base on Saturday. 

Brennan Boesch replaces Hamilton in center, starting there for the fourth time this season. 


Reds' CF Billy Hamilton banged up Saturday, likely to play Sunday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/23/2015) Reds center fielder Billy Hamilton injured his left shoulder and wrist on a slide while attempting to steal second in the seventh during Saturday's game against the Indians.

The speedy outfielder remained in the game, and said he expects to play in the series-finale on Sunday, according to MLB.com. 


Reds stick with Zack Cozart leading off, Billy Hamilton eighth Sunday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/17/2015) Reds center fielder Billy Hamilton is in the starting lineup Sunday against the Giants but not leading off for the first time this season.

Hamilton, who was not in the lineup Saturday, has started 33 of the team's 37 games and led off in every one, but he'll bat ahead of the pitcher Sunday. He's hit .212/.264/.336 with three home runs, six RBI, 22 runs scored and 17 stolen bases in 137 at-bats.

Shortstop Zack Cozart drew his first start in the leadoff role Saturday after three games as the No. 2 hitter, and though he went 0 for 3, he did draw two walks in his team's loss to the Giants. He has hit .310/.364/.543 with six home runs, 17 RBI, 19 runs scored and three stolen bases in 116 at-bats.

The Reds are favorites (-112) against the Giants at home Sunday, per VegasInsider.com.


Billy Hamilton struggling against RHP and sidelined Saturday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/16/2015) Reds center fielder and leadoff hitter Billy Hamilton, who has struggled batting from the left side all year, is set to sit Saturday against Giants right-hander Ryan Vogelsong.

Hamilton is just 17-for-93 against righties and is batting .212 overall.

After scoring 18 runs though May 5, he has just four in his last 10 games. His on-base percentage of .264 is weak for a leadoff hitter.


Reds' Billy Hamilton strikes out three times in hitless Sunday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/11/2015) Reds center fielder Billy Hamilton went 0 for 5 with three strikeouts in his team's 4-3 loss to the White Sox Sunday.

Hamilton has been a terror on the basepaths this season, racking up a league-high 16 steals, but he's had trouble getting on base consistently, as the speedster has managed just a .258 on-base percentage. His numbers have fallen significantly in May, when he's hit just .171/.211/.200 in 35 at-bats, after producing a .217/.278/.349 line and hitting both his home runs in April.


Reds' Hamilton, Byrd, Mesoraco out of lineup Sunday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/3/2015) Reds outfielders Billy Hamilton and Marlon Byrd are joining catcher Devin Mesoraco (hip) on the bench for Sunday's game against the Braves.

Hamilton is getting a break after making 11 straight starts out of the leadoff spot, while Byrd has seen 11 straight starts in left field. It's just a regular day off for both players, who will get a two-day break due to the team's scheduled off-day Monday, the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

Both Hamilton and Byrd are available if needed Sunday. With the pair out, Skip Schumaker will lead off and play left field, while Brennan Boesch will bat seventh and play center field.

Mesoraco hasn't appeared in the starting lineup since the first week of the season, as he's continued to rehab from a left hip impingement while remaining on the active roster.

The Reds are road favorites (-142) in Atlanta with Johnny Cueto on the mound.


Reds' Billy Hamilton, Tucker Barnhart hit homers


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(4/30/2015) Reds catcher Tucker Barnhart and outfielder Billy Hamilton each hit a home run in Thursday night's 5-1 win over the Braves. 

Barnhart hit a solo home run on a 3-2 pitch to start the top of the seventh inning. It was Barnhart's second home run of the season. He's now hitting .231/.286/.692 after going 1 for 4 against Atlanta. 

Hamilton hit his home run in the top of the ninth inning, also giving him his second of the season. Hamilton went 1 for 5 and is now hitting .217//.278/.349. 


C Brayan Pena remains in Reds starting lineup


by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(4/27/2015) Brayan Pena continues to play behind the plate for the Reds as No. 1 catcher Devin Mesoraco deals with a hip impingement that has kept him from starting since April 12. Pena will start for the Reds on Monday against the Brewers and hit eighth.

Most of the Reds have limited experience against Milwaukee starter Jimmy Nelson, but Pena is one of the few with multiple hits against the pitcher, going 2-for-6 against him. Billy Hamilton is the only other Reds starter with more than one hit against Nelson, with a 2-for-5 mark. 


Reds speedster Hamilton caught Thursday for first time in 2015


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4/23/2015) Reds speedster Billy Hamilton had been successful on all nine of his stolen bases this season until Brewers catcher Martin Maldonado threw him out in the sixth inning Thursday.

It marked the first time all year that a Cincinnati steal attempt was thwarted. The team was 17-for-17 before Hamilton was nailed.


Reds' Billy Hamilton back in lineup, Devin Mesoraco still out


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/20/2015) Reds center fielder Billy Hamilton is back in the lineup for Monday's game against the Brewers, while catcher Devin Mesoraco remains sidelined.

Hamilton wasn't in the lineup Sunday after suffering a groin strain the previous day, but he's ready to return to action in the team's series opener against the Brewers.

Mesoraco hasn't played since April 12 due to a left hip impingement. Manager Bryan Price said that he had to go home due to a family issue, but he's expected to be back with the team Tuesday, the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

Second baseman Brandon Phillips is also getting a day off from starting, with the team slotting Kris Negron into the eighth spot.

The Reds are underdogs (+104) Monday against the Brewers.


Reds' Billy Hamilton feeling better day after suffering groin strain


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/19/2015) Reds center fielder Billy Hamilton was able to test out his injured groin Sunday, but was still not able to take the field against the Cardinals. Hamilton felt better just a day after suffering a groin strain, reports MLB.com.

"I'm better today. I can move around a little bit better today, so that's a good thing," Hamilton said. "My legs are my gift."

Hamilton is optimistic he will return to the lineup Monday.

"That was somewhat of a surprise that he's recovered so well. He's definitely a usable piece at this point," Price said. "I don't think there's really a concern of re-injury."