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Billy Hamilton | Outfielder | #6

Team: Cincinnati Reds
Age / DOB:  (27) / 9/9/1990
Ht / Wt:  6'0" / 160
Bats / Throws: Switch / Right
College: None
Drafted: 2009 / Rd. 2 (0) / CIN
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Billy Hamilton drew a walk-off walk in the 11th inning on Saturday, giving the Reds a 5-4 victory over the Cubs in the first game of their doubleheader.
With the score knotted at 4-4 heading to the 11th inning, the Cubs brought on Justin Wilson from the bullpen which proved to be disastrous. He walked Scott Schebler, allowed a single to Tucker Barnhart and walked Adam Duvall, loading the bases with nobody out. Cubs' skipper Joe Maddon opted to stick with Wilson, who proceeded to walk Hamilton to force in the winning run. Hamilton also singled in the ballgame, finishing the afternoon 1-for-4. He has been a major disappointment at the dish this season, slashing .209/.304/.309 with two homers, 13 RBI and just eight stolen bases. May 19 - 5:03 PM

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Billy Hamilton ran all over Yasmani Grandal and the Dodgers on Sunday, stealing three bases while going 2-for-3 in a 5-3 win.

Hamilton had five steals, a relative disappointment for the 27-year-old, coming into Sunday's game, but he did his best to make it all up in one game against Grandal and company. Hamilton dropped down a bunt single with two outs in the second inning, stealing second and then third before being stranded, and then stole another base following a walk in the eighth inning. With the weather warming up and Hamilton beginning to find more success at the plate, those steals should continue to come in waves for the speedster.
May 13 - 9:20 PM

Billy Hamilton hit his second homer Monday in the loss to the Mets.

Hamilton has hit in six straight games, raising his average to .206, and since he's walking a whole bunch this year, his OBP is a respectable .320. That's still far from ideal, of course, but as good as he is once he's on base, he's a fine regular when he has a .320 OBP.
May 7 - 11:22 PM

Billy Hamilton tallied his fifth stolen base of the season Monday night against the Braves.

Hamilton finished the night 1-for-3 with a walk and two runs scored. The 27-year-old speedster is batting just .179/.286/.239 through 77 plate appearances this season and continues to hit ninth in the Reds' lineup.
Apr 23 - 10:11 PM

Billy Hamilton went 2-for-4 with three RBI and a walk as the Reds beat the Brewers 10-4 on Monday.

The Reds have never lost when Hamilton has driven in at least three runs. Of course, it usually takes a particularly bad pitching day from the other team to get him there; Hamilton has five three-RBI games since debuting in 2013 and the Reds have averaged nine runs in those games. Hamilton is still batting just .196 on the season, but he has walked nine times, giving him a nearly adequate .317 OBP. He's scored 12 runs in 15 games, including seven in his seven games leading off.
Apr 16 - 11:08 PM

Billy Hamilton hit his first home run of the season in Sunday's loss to the Cardinals.

Batting from the right side against Cards lefty reliever Tyler Lyons, Hamilton drilled a Lyons offering into the left-center field seats for his first dinger of the year. It was his only hit in five at-bats in the game, and he lined out with two runners on in the ninth to end it. Hamilton has really struggled offensively out of the gate, batting just .170/.291/.255 with 17 strikeouts in 47 at-bats. In a crowded outfield, he needs to get it going soon or risk being phased out more often for the hotter hands.
Apr 15 - 6:44 PM

Billy Hamilton walked twice and stole two bases from the ninth spot in the order Tuesday against the Phillies.

Another nice game from Hamilton; he's 4-for-11 with four walks and four steals in his last five games. If he can keep it up for a little while, the Reds could give him another look in the leadoff spot.
Apr 10 - 10:10 PM

Billy Hamilton went 2-for-4 and stole his second base of the year Monday against the Phillies.

Hamilton went 1-for-16 with a 7/1 K/BB ratio in his first four games, but he's 4-for-10 with a 1/2 K/BB ratio in his last four. A little hot streak to get him back to the top of the Reds' order would do his fantasy value a world of good.
Apr 9 - 11:57 PM

Billy Hamilton stole his first base of the season against the Pirates on Saturday.

Finally. Hamilton replaced Phillip Ervin in center field in the seventh inning and reached on an infield single in the top of the eighth. He stole second base before being brought home on Eugenio Suarez’s go-ahead three-run homer. Hamilton’s speed can’t be questioned, but he’s not nearly as interesting hitting in the lower-third of the order when Jesse Winker is batting leadoff.
Apr 7 - 10:32 PM

Billy Hamilton is not in the Reds' lineup for Saturday's contest against the Pirates.

It looks to be just a routine day of rest for the speedy centerfielder. Phillip Ervin will start in his place and bat sixth against Chad Kuhl and the Pirates.
Apr 7 - 2:50 PM

Billy Hamilton had an RBI double and a run scored in Sunday's loss to the Nationals.

Batting right-handed, Hamilton yanked a Sammy Solis offering down the left field line and into the corner to plate a run. It was his first hit of the year, although he's only played in two of the team's first three games. Also worth nothing Sunday, Hamilton batted leadoff after hitting ninth in Friday's season opener. He'll have to earn his keep to stay at the top of the lineup, and fantasy owners hope he does since his value is much higher atop the lineup than at the bottom.
Apr 1 - 10:19 PM

Billy Hamilton is not in the Reds' starting lineup on Saturday.

Hamilton batted ninth in the Reds' opener on Friday and now isn't even in the mix for Saturday's tilt against the Nationals. Scott Schebler will slide over to center with Adam Duvall drawing the start in left field against Stephen Strasburg on Saturday.
Mar 31 - 11:55 AM

Billy Hamilton is hitting ninth in the Reds' opener on Friday against the Nationals.

Brian Price told reporters last week that he wasn't committed to using Hamilton in the leadoff spot, so this isn't a huge surprise. He'll instead hit after Opening Day starter Homer Bailey. Adam Duvall is also out of the lineup, and apparently will sit against better right-handed pitching. Speaking of which, the full lineup against Washington ace Max Scherzer goes: Jesse Winker RF, Eugenio Suarez 3B, Joey Votto 1B, Scooter Gennett 2B, Scott Schebler RF, Tucker Barnhart C, Jose Peraza SS, Bailey P and Hamilton CF.
Mar 30 - 10:41 AM

Reds' manager Bryan Price said Monday that he hasn't committed to using Billy Hamilton out of his familiar leadoff spot in the lineup this season.

Price told reporters, "Coming into camp, we're trying to define where the best place is for him to hit. It's probably multiple spots in the lineup, based on whether it's a left- or right-hander starter and who's in the lineup on any given day". The speedster is hitting just .121 (4-for-33) in Cactus League play, so a move to the bottom of the lineup may be a very real possibility, and a blow to his fantasy value.
Source: MLB.com
Mar 20 - 6:45 PM

Billy Hamilton (finger) is back in the Reds' Cactus League lineup on Thursday.

Hamilton missed only a couple of days with a sprained left index finger. He is batting leadoff and starting in center field Thursday afternoon against the Rockies. All is well for the 27-year-old speedster leading into the 2018 regular season.
Mar 8 - 10:02 AM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Tucker Barnhart
2Tony Cruz
1B1Joey Votto
2B1Scooter Gennett
SS1Jose Peraza
3B1Eugenio Suarez
2Alex Blandino
LF1Jesse Winker
2Adam Duvall
CF1Billy Hamilton
RF1Scott Schebler
2Rosell Herrera
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Homer Bailey
2Luis Castillo
3Tyler Mahle
4Sal Romano
5Matt Harvey
6Anthony DeSclafani
7Rookie Davis
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Raisel Iglesias
2Michael Lorenzen
3David Hernandez
4Amir Garrett
5Jared Hughes
6Wandy Peralta
7Dylan Floro
8Austin Brice
9Jackson Stephens