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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%: 95/78 | Average Draft Position: 146.03
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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."


Reds' Billy Hamilton, Devin Mesoraco out of lineup Sunday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/19/2015) Reds center fielder Billy Hamilton (groin) and Devin Mesoraco (hip) are not in the starting lineup for Sunday's game against the Cardinals.

Hamilton came out of Saturday's game with a groin strain. With the speedster out of the lineup, Skip Schumaker will lead off for the Reds Sunday night. Mesoraco hasn't played since last Sunday due to a hip injury, though he was expected to be available at some point this weekend. Tucker Barnhart will draw the start at catcher Sunday.

The Reds are heavy underdogs (+165) against the Cardinals in St. Louis Sunday.


Billy Hamilton leaves Reds game with apparent injury


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(4/18/2015) 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
(4/18/2015) 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.