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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%: 95/77 | Average Draft Position: 141.18
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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.


Reds bench Billy Hamilton for Wednesday game


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(9/10/2014) Reds speedster Billy Hamilton is not in the lineup for the Wednesday night game against St. Louis. Chris Heisey is playing center and leading off instead.

Hamilton has been slumping to the tune of just two hits in his last 24 at-bats. He has just three runs scored and no RBI since Aug. 29 as his stat line has been weakened to .260/.298./369.


Billy Hamilton reaches four times in win


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(8/28/2014) Reds leadoff hitter Billy Hamilton practically spent all day Thursday against the Cubs on base, in a 7-2 win.

Hamilton reached base in all four of his trips to the plate, going 2 for 2 with his first two-walk game of the season. He scored twice and drove in two runs, while adding a stolen base, his 51st of the season.

The only hole in Hamilton's game as a rookie has been his on-base percentage, which he just pushed back over .300 with Thursday's effort. He is hitting .267/.302/.385, while ranking second in the majors in steals.


Billy Hamilton homers in loss


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(7/22/2014) Reds infielder Billy Hamilton flashed some rare power Monday, albeit in a 5-2 loss to the Brewers.

Hamilton got the Reds on the scoreboard for the first time in the sixth inning, with a solo home run. He finished the game 2 for 4 overall with one run scored and one driven in.

Hamilton has six home runs in 94 games, and is hitting .281/.314/.424 in 349 at-bats.


Billy Hamilton delivering steals but leading MLB in times caught


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/16/2014) While Reds outfielder Billy Hamilton has stolen 38 bases at the All-Star break, his 15 times caught stealing put him well atop the league in the negative category.

Hamilton was billed as an elite stolen-base threat after swiping 103 bases in 2011 and a massive 155 bags in 2012, but he was also caught 57 times during those two seasons. The inefficiency has carried over into his major-league career, as Hamilton has been caught six more times than the second-most nabbed runner. For comparison, steals leader Dee Gordon has been successful in 43 of his 52 attempts, while AL stalwart Jose Altuve has been caught just three times in his 44 attempts.


Billy Hamilton batting .323 since May 31


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/15/2014) Despite missing a little bit of time due to a hamstring injury, Reds rookie outfielder Billy Hamilton has still been very productive in July. He is batting .308 with a .538 slugging percentage, .896 OPS, one home run, three triples, three doubles, seven runs, 10 RBI and four stolen bases in 13 July games.

Though, Hamilton's hot streak has extended several weeks. Since May 31, he's batting .323 with a .509 slugging percentage, .861 OPS, three triples, four home runs, 13 doubles, 27 runs, 28 RBI and 19 stolen bases. His batting average has increased from .247 to .285 over his last 41 games.


Billy Hamilton reaches three times in return


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(7/11/2014) Reds outfielder Billy Hamilton reached three times in his first game back from a hamstring injury.

Hamilton could not be stopped early on. He singled in his first three at-bats. While he made an out his fourth time up, Hamilton did notch an RBI on the groundout. He finished 3 for 5, with one run scored and one RBI. 


Billy Hamilton returns from hamstring injury.


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(7/11/2014) Reds outfielder Billy Hamilton is back in the lineup for Friday's game against the Pirates, after missing one game with a hamstring injury.  

Hamilton was able to pinch-hit Thursday, so his return to the lineup does not come as much of a surprise. 


Billy Hamilton able to pinch-hit Thursday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(7/10/2014) Reds outfielder Billy Hamilton was able to pinch-hit Thursday against the Cubs.

Hamilton did not start due to a hamstring injury, but it doesn't appear to be serious. Hamilton came on in the bottom of the 10th and worked a four-pitch at-bat against Hector Rondon. He flew out to right to end the inning. Hamilton was then replaced by a pitcher, and did not play the field. 


Billy Hamilton, Brandon Phillips out Thursday


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(7/10/2014) The Reds will be without a pair of starters for Thursday's game against the Cubs, after both suffered injuries Wednesday.

Neither Billy Hamilton (hamstring) nor Brandon Phillips (thumb) is in the lineup for Thursday's series finale. Both were forced to leave Wednesday's game as a result of their injuries, and they remain day to day at this point.


Billy Hamilton expects to be fine in a few days


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/9/2014) Reds outfielder Billy Hamilton exited Wednesday's game with hamstring tightness, but he thinks he'll be fine in a few days, the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

Hamilton revealed that he's been dealing with a tight hamstring since the spring, but he's still managed to swipe 37 bases this season. He's also recorded three triples in his last four games.


Billy Hamilton exits game Wednesday with tight hamstring


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/9/2014) Reds outfielder Billy Hamilton was removed from Wednesday's game with hamstring tightness, the team announced.

Hamilton went 1 for 3 with a walk, a triple and an RBI before being removed. He'll likely be re-evaluated by team doctors Thursday. Hamilton has hit .281/.315/.423 with five home runs, 37 RBI and 37 stolen bases in 317 at-bats.


Billy Hamilton adds three hits Friday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(6/28/2014) Reds outfielder Billy Hamilton collected three hits Friday against the Giants.

Hamilton singled twice and double during the outing. He also managed to steal his 33rd base, but was caught on another attempt. He finished 3 for 5, with one run scored and two RBI. Hamilton has managed to raise his average to .277 over the past few weeks.