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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: 2 | Owned/Started%: 89/52 | Average Draft Position: 152.23
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Billy Hamilton collects three hits Wednesday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(4/9/2014) Reds outfielder Billy Hamilton picked up three hits Wednesday against the Cardinals.

Hamilton proved to be a constant thorn in St. Louis' side all game. He led off with a triple to open the game, but was stranded at third. He walked in the third, and singled in the fifth. Hamilton managed to pick up his first steal of the season following his fifth inning single. In that same inning, Hamilton would score on a shallow sac fly to right field, just beating the throw.

The Cardinals finally managed to get Hamilton to ground out in the sixth, but he came back with a bunt-hit in the ninth. Hamilton stole second for the second time, and scored from second on a single from Brandon Phillips. 

Hamilton finished the game 3 for 4, with two runs scored and two steals. 


Billy Hamilton records first hit Monday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/7/2014) Reds center fielder Billy Hamilton secured his first hit of the season Monday, smacking a double while going 1 for 5 in his team's 5-3 loss to the Cardinals.

Hamilton went 0 for 13 over the first three games of the season before getting a break from the starting lineup, serving as a pinch-runner Friday and a defensive replacement Saturday. He's 1 for 18 and still looking for his first stolen base of the season.


Billy Hamilton returns to Reds' lineup


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/7/2014) Reds outfielder Billy Hamilton returned to the starting lineup Monday at St. Louis after missing two games with a finger injury. Hamilton is off to a slow start, going hitless in 12 at-bats and producing no stolen bases through five games.

Billy Hamilton expects to return Monday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(4/6/2014) Reds outfielder Billy Hamilton believes he'll return to action Monday, according to Cincinnati Enquirer.

Hamilton is dealing with a jammed finger, but said the injury feels much better Sunday. He has not been in the lineup the past two games due to the issue. 


Billy Hamilton unable to return Sunday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(4/6/2014) Reds outfielder Billy Hamilton was unable to return to the starting lineup Sunday. 

Hamilton is dealing with a jammed finger, which caused him to be scratched from Saturday's game. Chris Heisey will hit leadoff and replace Hamilton in center.


Billy Hamilton scratched Saturday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(4/5/2014) Reds outfielder Billy Hamilton has been scratched from his scheduled start Saturday.

Hamilton was initially inserted back in the leadoff spot, but has been replaced by Roger Bernadina for the second consecutive day. Hamilton has a jammed finger on his left hand, which will keep him out of action Saturday. 


Billy Hamilton back in the lineup Saturday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(4/5/2014) Reds leadoff man Billy Hamilton is back in the starting lineup Saturday.

Hamilton was given a day off Friday, likely because he was scuffling at the plate. After a day to clear his head, Hamilton has returned to his normal spot at the top of the Reds order. He'll take on Dillon Gee.


Hitless Reds set to sit Friday against Mets


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4/4/2014) Two slumping Reds have been given the day off Friday against the Mets. Perhaps Reds outfielder Billy Hamilton and shortstop Zack Cozart can use breaks to clear their minds.

Hamilton is hitless in 12 at-bats with six strikeouts. Cozart is 0 for 11 and has fanned four times.


Teammate heaps praise on Billy Hamilton


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(3/19/2014) Reds utility infielder Skip Schumaker has showered praise on the performance of Reds rookie outfielder Billy Hamilton this spring.

"He's way better than I thought," Schumacher told Fox Sports. "He is going to hit enough, I think, to make a significant impact. It's incredible how fast he is. He runs down everything in center, too."

Hamilton is batting .303 in exhibition play. He is tied for the team lead with 10 runs and has nine of the team's 22 stolen bases. Most impressive is that he has drawn six walks and fanned only four times in 33 at-bats. He is set as the Reds' leadoff hitter to start the year.


Billy Hamilton already showing off his speed this spring


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/13/2014) The Reds are counting on outfielder Billy Hamilton to bring speed to their lineup in 2014. Thus far in spring training, he hasn't disappointed.

Hamilton has a team-leading six stolen bases in nine games. Surprisingly, he is third in the Cactus League behind Dee Gordon (eight) and Billy Burns (seven). Nonetheless, Hamilton is having a strong spring campaign. He is batting .318 (7 for 22) with a .444 on-base percentage, two doubles, three RBI, five walks and eight runs.


Billy Hamilton hitting leadoff Wednesday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(2/26/2014) Reds outfielder Billy Hamilton will hit leadoff during Wednesday's spring training game.

It shouldn't come as a surprise, as manager Bryan Price told reporters the team's lineup a few weeks ago. The Reds are going with what could be their opening day lineup during their first game. They'll take on the Indians.

Hamilton should be a big part of the team's lineup this season. There are some questions about his ability to hit in the majors, but he should steal a base nearly every time he reaches. Hamilton hit .368 in 19 at-bats last season.


Reds manager reveals batting order for 2014 season


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2/19/2014) Reds manager Bryan Price announced Wednesday his projected batting order for when a right-handed pitcher is on the mound.

Price said Billy Hamilton will lead off, and he will be followed by Brandon Phillips, Joey Votto, Jay Bruce, Ryan Ludwick, Todd Frazier, Devin Mesoraco and Zack Cozart.

Price said he would likely switch Bruce and Ludwick in the lineup when a left-handed starter is on the hill. 

Price also reiterated he hasn't given much thought to batting Votto second.


Billy Hamilton working on bunting skills


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1/29/2014) Reds outfielder Billy Hamilton said he has been working on improving his bunting skills. Hamilton has been working with Double-A Pensacola manager and former major leaguer Delino DeShields on his bunting technique, per MLB.com.

"It's been good," Hamilton said. "I've been working on my bunting a lot more, and me and him are doing things with my hitting that will help me out this season. When spring training comes, I will be ready.

"Bunting is more points on your average. My first year in Billings, I had maybe 20-something bunt hits and a great average [.318 in 2010]. I'm realizing now that I will have to bunt more for my average to get where I want it to be. It will be part of my game."

Hamilton is expected to be the team's new leadoff hitter and center fielder, replacing Shin-Soo Choo, who left in free agency. While the Reds don't expect Hamilton to match Choo's on-base percentage, they do need him to be productive at the top of the order.

"If he is what we think he can be, he'll be just what we need -- somebody that puts that bit of fear in every opponent," Reds manager Bryan Price said in December. "I watched Ichiro [Suzuki] do it [for the Mariners]. He was a true left-handed hitter, but the speed tool just created a sense of anxiety that was palpable on the field."


Reds 'pulling' for Billy Hamilton to have Ichiro-type impact


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1/23/2014) The Reds are moving forward with Billy Hamilton as the team's new starting center fielder after Cincinnati failed to sign Grady Sizemore, who opted for a deal with the Red Sox.

Despite being a top prospect, Hamilton still has to prove he can handle an everyday role in the majors, but new Reds manager Bryan Price knows the impact Hamilton could have because of his speed.

"I saw what Ichiro (Suzuki) did for the 2001 Seattle Mariners," Price said. "We’re not comparing the two. But the speed element -- Ichiro wasn’t going to hit a lot of home runs -- but he put a lot balls in play, beat out a lot of ground balls. Almost anything to the left side was going to be a hit unless the third baseman cut it off.

"He wreaked havoc. Pitchers had to rush to the plate. They paid a lot of attention to him. He got a lot of fastballs for guys hitting behind him. He got a lot of hitters in good counts to hit. He created a lot scoring opportunities. I understand the importance of it."

While Hamilton still wreaked havoc on the base paths last season, he struggled offensively, batting just .256 with a .308 on-base percentage for Triple-A Louisville. Success is no guarantee at the major-league level, but the Reds are hoping Hamilton makes it.

"I understand that he has to be ready to do that job," Price said. "We’re all pulling for him."


Billy Hamilton tabbed as Reds' leadoff hitter


by Al Melchior | Data Analyst
(12/23/2013) Reds general manager Walt Jocketty told the Cincinnati Enquirer that rookie Billy Hamilton is "the guy" to replace the departed Shin-Soo Choo as the team's starting center fielder and leadoff hitter.

Jocketty mentioned that Hamilton will work on bunting this offseason in an attempt to improve his on-base skills. He also said the Reds were not done exploring trade options, but added "it's been pretty quiet."

Hamilton stole 13 bases in 14 attempts during a brief September trial last season.


Bryan Price says Billy Hamilton will have to prove himself in Spring Training


by Nando Di Fino | Senior Fantasy Writer
(10/25/2013) Doing a social media Q & A with Reds fans, new coach Bryan Price said that speedy outfielder Billy Hamilton isn't guaranteed a job in 2014. 

"I think Billy's got to come and have a good Spring Training," Price said in response to a question asking if Hamilton is ready to start next season. "We're very optimistic this kid's going to be a great player. We also have to put him in the best position to succeed -- we want him here when he's ready and we'll help define that over the course of Spring Training."

Hamilton hit .368 and stole 13 bases over 13 games with the Reds in September. He stole 155 bases over two levels of the minors in 2012. 


Billy Hamilton makes postseason roster


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(10/1/2013) Reds outfielder Billy Hamilton made the team's roster for the team's wild card game against the Pirates.

Hamilton was called up late in the year, appearing in 13 games. He performed well in limited opportunities at the plate, hitting .368 in 19 at-bats. He emerged as a major threat on the bases, racking up 13 steals.


Billy Hamilton not a lock to make postseason roster


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/27/2013) Reds outfielder Billy Hamilton is not a lock to make the team's postseason roster, according to MLB.com. Hamilton has stolen 13 bases in as many attempts this season and is 7 for 18 with two doubles and an RBI.

"We have not finalized that. We really haven't," general manager Walt Jocketty said. "We probably won't talk about until Sunday or Monday."

Billy Hamilton in the starting lineup Wednesday


by Jack Moore | CBSSports.com
(9/25/2013) Reds outfielder Billy Hamilton will lead off Wednesday's game against the Mets, the Cincinnati Enquirer reports. Hamilton has stolen 13 bases in as many attempts this season and is 6 for 14 with a pair of doubles at the plate to boot.

Billy Hamilton steals four bases in first start


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(9/19/2013) Reds rookie outfielder Billy Hamilton had a big game Wednesday night in Houston. Hamilton made his first career start in center field and ended up stealing four bases and picking up three base hits.

The rookie, who hit ninth, went 3 for 4 with a double, his first career RBI and two runs scored. He's batting .429 after seven at-bats to his career with nine stolen bases. He's already scored six runs for the Reds.

Billy Hamilton to make first major league start


by Jack Moore | CBSSports.com
(9/18/2013) Reds outfielder Billy Hamilton will make his first major league start Wednesday against Houston, the club announced.

Hamilton hit just .256/.308/.343 at Triple-A Louisville and questions remain about his bat's ability to play in the major leagues. He is 0 for 3 in his short major league career but has already made a big impact on the bases: he has four runs scored and five steals in his seven games played.


Billy Hamilton steals first career base


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(9/4/2013) Reds outfielder and prospect Billy Hamilton made his major league debut Tuesday night as a pinch-runner for Ryan Ludwick in the seventh inning. Everyone in the ballpark knew what was coming next, the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.  

"I didn't send him out there to paint," Reds skipper Dusty Baker said. "It's not a secret."

With Yadier Molina of the Cardinals behind the plate, one of baseball's best backstops, Hamilton successfully stole his first career base. 

"I had chills running down my spine, but I knew I couldn't be afraid," Hamilton said. "This was a big situation, so I knew I had to get second base, that's my job."


Billy Hamilton promoted to majors


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(9/2/2013) The Reds announced Monday they promoted prospect Billy Hamilton from Triple-A Louisville. Hamilton, who is considered a top 25 prospect by MLB.com (No. 11) and Baseball America (No. 20), is expected to serve in a bench role for the Reds.

Billy Hamilton not expected to see significant PT


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(9/1/2013) Although highly touted prospect Billy Hamilton will join the Reds' roster Monday, manager Dusty Baker warned Saturday not to expect significant playing time for the speedy outfielder.

"Hamilton's here to help us win," Baker said, per MLB.com. "However we think he can most help the team. I was a September call-up three times. I didn't play much.

"I was impressed with the young man in spring training, and I followed him during the year. It looks like he improved. I'll use him as I see fit. He's not going to be Herb Washington. I can use him a lot of places, especially when we lack speed. One thing we lack, we lack speed. He can pinch-run for about half the guys on the team."


Billy Hamilton will be September call-up


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/30/2013) The Reds will call up outfielder Billy Hamilton after rosters expand in September, the Cincinnati Enquirer reports. He is scheduled to meet the team Monday in Cincinnati.

Hamilton, who set the minor-league stolen-base record last season, has hit .256/.308/.344 with six home runs, 41 RBI and 75 stolen bases in 500 at-bats with Triple-A Louisville.