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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%: 97/86 | Average Draft Position: 146.28
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Billy Hamilton leaves Reds game with apparent injury


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(4:37 pm ET) Reds outfielder Billy Hamilton beat out an infield single in the eighth inning of Saturday's game, ending an 0-for-14 slump.

Hamilton then left the game with an injury. Afterward, manager Bryan Price said Hamilton was day-to-day with a right groin injury, per the Cincinnati Enquirer


Billy Hamilton struggling for Reds


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(1:11 pm ET) Reds outfielders Billy Hamilton is struggling at the plate. 

Hamilton is hitting .107 over the last seven games and hasn't walked since April 10. That was also his last stolen base after stealing seven in the first four games of the season.

"It’s pretty important that he’s on base as far as generating our offense," manager Bryan Price said, per MLB.com


Reds CF Billy Hamilton now eight for eight in steals this season


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(4/14/2015) Reds center fielder Billy Hamilton stole another base without getting caught Tuesday against the Cubs and is now eight for eight in steals this season.

Hamilton stole 56 bags last year, tied for second best in the National League.

Reds CF Billy Hamilton back in the lineup, Devin Mesoraco out


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/14/2015) Reds center fielder Billy Hamilton is back in the lineup Tuesday against the Cubs after sitting out Monday with a finger injury, the team announced. Hamilton picked up a sore index finger after sliding into second base in Sunday's game and manager Bryan Price gave him the day off.

Catcher Devin Mesoraco will miss his third straight game while nursing a hip injury, which Price hopes to be day to day. He is still in Cincinnati to rehab his sore hip and is not being considered for the disabled list as of yet, according to MLB.com.

The Reds are currently the underdogs (+145) against the Cubs Tuesday.


Reds CF Billy Hamilton (finger) out of lineup Monday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/13/2015) Reds center fielder Billy Hamilton is not in the starting lineup for Monday's game against the Cubs.

Hamilton is dealing with a sore index finger caused from sliding into second base on a steal, and manager Bryan Price has decided to rest him Monday as a result. Kris Negron is starting in center field and batting leadoff in place of Hamilton.

The Reds are underdogs (+122) in Chicago Monday.


Reds center fielder Billy Hamilton rips first homer of the year


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/12/2015) Reds center fielder Billy Hamilton went 2 for 6 from the plate in Cincinnati's 7-5 loss to the Cardinals Sunday in 11 innings. 

Hamilton led things off in the first with his first double of the year, but was left stranded. Then in the fifth, Hamilton ripped a 3-1 pitch from Skip Schumaker to right field for his first home run of the year and just his seventh in the last two. Hamilton, who also struck out three times, is now hitting .250 in 24 at-bats.


Billy Hamilton's speed, defense lead Reds


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(4/10/2015) Reds center fielder Billy Hamilton stole another base on Friday, leaving him a perfect seven for seven this season. 

Hamilton went hitless in two at bats, but he walked twice and scored both times. Hamilton was able to tag up and score on a short fly ball by Todd Frazier

"It's got to be perfect," said Jason Heyward, who caught the sacrifice fly. "You've got to get rid of it as best you can. After that, you did your job. It was a good throw, but it didn't matter, it didn't get him. That's the part of speed."

Hamilton had an outfield assist, throwing out a runner at third base in the seventh inning. 


Reds' Billy Hamilton making better decisions on base paths


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(4/10/2015) Reds outfielder Billy Hamilton has six stolen bases in six attempts through three games. His perfection on the basepaths is surprising, since he was thrown out a Major League high 23 times in 2014. 

"It's not that his speed is any better," manager Bryan Price said, per Cincinnati.com. "He's making better decisions on when to go and taken a lot of intelligence information we have and put it to work for him."

"I'm getting comfortable jumps this year," Hamilton said. "I feel like I'm reading the pitchers better. I'm looking forward to getting better."


Reds' Hamilton's six steals is most in first three games since 1987


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/10/2015) Reds outfielder Billy Hamilton is the first player with six stolen bases through his team's first three games since Vince Coleman in 1987, according to Baseball-Reference.com.

Coleman stole 109 bases in 1987, which was his third straight season of 100-plus stolen bases. He is also the last major leaguer to steal 100 bases in a season.

Hamilton, who had 56 stolen bases as a rookie in 2014, had 100-plus stolen bases in 2011 and 2012 in the minors. He totaled 155 stolen bases in 2012.


Reds' Billy Hamilton swipes three bags in win over Pirates


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/9/2015) Reds center fielder Billy Hamilton reached base four times and finished 3 for 4 with a walk and three stolen bases in a 5-4 victory over Pittsburgh on Wednesday.

"A lot of good things can happen when he's on base that often. It just sets a tone for us," manager Bryan Price said, per MLB.com. "He's just a real pain in the butt for anybody that has to pitch with him on base."

It's the first time he's stolen three bags in a game since Aug. 22. He is 4 for 4 in steals through two games. He has four hits in his first nine at-bats.


Friday's Reds lineup to resemble start of regular season's


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(4/3/2015) Reds manager Bryan Price said that Friday's lineup against the Blue Jays will resemble what he'll likely use to start the regular season, according to the Cincinnati Enquirer

Billy Hamilton is batting leadoff and Joey Votto is hitting second. Todd Frazier, Devin Mesoraco and Marlon Byrd are third, fourth and fifth, respectively, in the lineup. 

Price said the lineup could change against right-handed pitchers. 


Reds test out Billy Hamilton at seventh in batting order Monday


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(3/30/2015) Reds center fielder Billy Hamilton typically hits lead off in the batting order during the regular season. However, Monday, manager Bryan Price tried to change things up and moved Hamilton to seventh in the order, reports MLB.com.

"Well, I've moved everyone else this spring. ... I've had guys all over the board," Price said. "Having Billy hit further down in the lineup is just another option for us to see where we're best suited. It's not a shot at Billy. It's a shot at trying to see if we have a way of being more productive offensively."

Hamilton is hitting .179 in 39 spring training plate appearances with four RBI and six stolen bases.

"There definitely could be changes -- left-handed or right-handed starter," Price said. "I think what we hope to have is very similar personnel in our lineup on a daily basis, which we weren't able to have last year. That would bode well, and our bench players would know their roles, and I'd try to get them at-bats with periodic starts. For the most part, we have a fairly set regular lineup."


Reds' Devin Mesoraco, Billy Hamilton back in lineup Sunday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/15/2015) Reds catcher Devin Mesoraco (concussion) and center fielder Billy Hamilton (shoulder) are back in the lineup for Sunday's game against the Cubs.

Mesoraco suffered his concussion last weekend after getting hit in the mask by a foul ball but was able to progress through the week.

"To be honest, I don't think I need a lot of at-bats," said Mesoraco. "My swing is good, and I feel like my swing is pretty close to where it should be. I don't think I need any extra, but I'm more than happy to go out there and play as much as Bryan wants me in there."

Hamilton injured his shoulder nine days ago while running into an outfield wall.


Reds CF Billy Hamilton (shoulder) still day-to-day


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(3/12/2015) Reds manager Bryan Price said center fielder Billy Hamilton remains day-to-day with his sore right shoulder, according to MLB.com. Hamilton injured his shoulder last Friday against the Cubs after colliding into the wall. 

"We just want to make sure the shoulder is pain-free, that he has full range of motion," Price said. "They do all the exercises with him and … want to make sure all of that inflammation and soreness is out of there before we cut him loose. I don't think it will be much longer for Billy."

Hamilton was able to take part in batting practice on Wednesday and showed no adverse effects following it. 


Reds' Billy Hamilton (shoulder) ready to resume hitting


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/11/2015) Reds outfielder Billy Hamilton (shoulder) has received clearance from the medical staff to resume hitting, MLB.com reports.

"Just a little bit, but I won't be doing full stuff until [Thursday]," Hamilton said. "It feels good. I don't know about when I'll play a game -- hopefully soon."

Hamilton hasn't played since colliding with a wall Friday.


Reds OF Billy Hamilton (shoulder) waiting for clearance to hit


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/11/2015) Reds outfielder Billy Hamilton said Wednesday his sore right shoulder is feeling better, per MLB.com. He is waiting to meet with the doctor in order to get cleared to hit.

Reds OF Billy Hamilton dealing with sore shoulder


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/8/2015) Reds outfielder Billy Hamilton is not playing Sunday after suffering a minor shoulder injury Friday, the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

Hamilton ran into an outfield wall Friday and is still dealing with soreness but said he'd play Sunday if it were a regular-season game. He hit .250/.292/.355 with six home runs, 48 RBI and 56 stolen bases in 563 at-bats during his rookie season.


Reds' Billy Hamilton given green light to work on bunting in spring


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(2/27/2015) Reds outfielder Billy Hamilton told reporters he feels less pressure this season now that he's entering his sophomore season in the majors, per MLB.com.

"I'm just more comfortable, more relaxed," the Reds sophomore speedster said before Friday morning's workout. "I've been able to come here and not put so much pressure on myself. My work ethic is going to be the same, always, every single year. But it's more relaxing now. I come in every day being able to breathe."

The 24-year-old hit .250 as a rookie in 2014. He also finished second in the National League with 56 stolen bases. Hamilton revealed that he's working more on his bunting this spring, after registering 15 bunt hits last season. The club has given him the green light to experiment on his bunting in game action this spring.

"Bunting can be a big part of my game, which I didn't use as much as I should have last year," Hamilton said. "Bunting for base hits can get you out of different kinds of slumps and when you're not feeling good at the plate.

"If it's two outs or two strikes, this is the time to work on it," Hamilton said. "Even if it's 3-2, they gave me permission to [bunt]. It's something I might not do during the season, but you want to work on it in a game versus just here in practice."


Reds' Hamilton works on improving contact to help cut down on Ks


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1/22/2015) Reds outfielder Billy Hamilton said he has spent the offseason in Atlanta working with Triple-A Louisville manager Delino DeShields, per the Cincinnati Enquirer.

"We're working a lot on bunting and making contact," Hamilton said Thursday. "I struck out way too much."

Hamilton did not play in winter ball for the first time as a pro. He said the focus this offseason has been on strength and conditioning.

Hamilton hit .250 as a rookie in 2014, but he hit .285 before the All-Star break and .200 after it. 

"All we can do is speculate that his second half of the season was just getting used to playing in the bigs for the full season," Reds manager Bryan Price said. "I certainly think strength certainly February through October is important. Getting stronger, getting re-acquainted with acumen for bunting, getting more balls hit on the ground, more hard line drives, instead of balls in the air."


Billy Hamilton not in lineup Sunday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/28/2014) Reds outfielder Billy Hamilton (concussion) is out of the lineup as expected for Sunday's season finale against the Pirates.

Billy Hamilton unlikely to play Sunday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/27/2014) Reds outfielder Billy Hamilton is unlikely to return to the lineup Sunday, the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

Manager Bryan Price didn't rule out Hamilton for Sunday, but the outfielder is expected to remain out of the lineup. He hasn't played since Wednesday due to a concussion.


Billy Hamilton sitting out Friday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/26/2014) Reds outfielder Billy Hamilton was not in the team's starting lineup Friday.

Hamilton is still dealing with a concussion. Hamilton left Wednesday's game after robbing a home run. He has not played since then. Hamilton is hitting .250/.292/.355 over 563 at-bats.


Billy Hamilton a no-go Thursday with concussion


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(9/25/2014) A concussion that knocked Reds speedster Billy Hamilton from the Wednesday game has him missing from the Thursday lineup against Milwaukee.

Hamilton has been in a miserable slump nearly throughout the month. He is 6 for 61 since Sept. 3 as his average has dropped to .250, its lowest point since June 6.


Billy Hamilton leaves with concussion


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/24/2014) Reds outfielder Billy Hamilton left Wednesday's game due to a "mild" concussion, according to the Cincinnati Enquirer

Hamilton was replaced at the start of the fifth inning. He robbed Ryan Braun of a home run in the third inning, and may have injured himself during the play. Hamilton was 0 for 2 before leaving the contest. 


Spate of Reds benched for battle at Wrigley Field


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(9/17/2014) The Reds have issued a lineup for Wednesday against the host Cubs that one might have expected had they just clinched a playoff spot. Among those set to sit are third baseman Todd Frazier, second baseman Brandon Phillips, shortstop Zack Cozart, center fielder Billy Hamilton, right fielder Jay Bruce and catcher Devin Mesoraco.

None are listed as injured.