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Billy Hamilton | Outfielder

Team: Cincinnati Reds
Age / DOB:  (24) / 9/9/1990
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 160
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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Billy Hamilton ran wild in a losing effort against the Cubs on Friday, swiping three bases in three attempts.
Hamilton took full advantage of Jon Lester's inability to hold runners on, running every possible chance he got. He finished the night 2-for-4 with a pair of runs scored and is now hitting .230/.309/.328 on the season with a league-leading 12 stolen bases. Apr 24 - 11:03 PM

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Billy Hamilton reached three times, stole a base and scored twice on Wednesday.

He scored both of Cincinnati's runs in the victory. Hamilton is batting just .204 with five walks in 55 at-bats, but he's scored 12 runs in 13 games anyway. He's so good once he's on base that he's a decent enough leadoff hitter with a .300 OBP, though it'd certainly be nice if he could go higher.
Apr 22 - 11:10 PM

Billy Hamilton (groin) is back in the Reds' starting lineup on Monday night against the Brewers.

Hamilton missed Sunday's series finale in St. Louis after tweaking a groin muscle while leaping over Cardinals first baseman Matt Adams on Saturday afternoon. The speedster is leading off and playing center field Monday in Milwaukee. He is 8-for-8 in stolen base attempts so far in 2015 but carries a rough .195/.267/.293 slash line.
Apr 20 - 3:06 PM

Billy Hamilton (groin) is not in the Reds' lineup Sunday.

Hamilton strained his groin during Saturday's game and is listed as day-to-day. Brennan Boesch is taking his spot in center field. Devin Mesoraco (hip), as expected, is also still out, with Tucker Barnhart catching Mike Leake. The Reds are also going with Skip Schumaker in left field over Marlon Byrd.

Billy Hamilton is day-to-day with a sore groin.

Hamilton tweaked a groin muscle Saturday when he leaped awkwardly over Cardinals first baseman Matt Adams after beating out a hard grounder to second base. The young speedster looked to be in a good amount of pain and can probably be ruled out for Sunday night's series finale in St. Louis.
Apr 18 - 5:37 PM

Billy Hamilton left Saturday's game against the Cardinals with an apparent injury.

Hamilton legged out an infield single in the top of the eighth inning but had to leap over Cardinals first baseman Matt Adams and landed awkwardly. It looked like it might have been a groin strain. There should be an update from the Reds within the hour.
Apr 18 - 4:15 PM

Billy Hamilton stole his eighth base of the season and scored a run in a win over the Cubs on Tuesday.

Hamilton is now a perfect 8-for-8 in steal attempts through seven games. He also scored the first run of the game after the stolen base, finishing 1-for-4. Hamilton is hitting just .250 but has a .344 on-base percentage that has helped him score eight runs in the early going. If he can keep a respectable OBP throughout the year, there's no limit to the damage Hamilton could do on the basepaths.
Apr 14 - 11:15 PM

Billy Hamilton (finger) is back in Tuesday's lineup against the Cubs.

Hamilton missed Monday's game (and a potential matchup with Jon Lester) due to a sore index finger, but he's ready to go. The speedster is 7-for-7 in stolen base attempts through six games to go along with a .250/.357/.417 batting line.
Source: MLBLogs.com
Apr 14 - 3:40 PM

Billy Hamilton is not in the Reds' lineup Monday due to a sore index finger.

He first injured the finger last Friday on a slide into second base. It's unfortunate timing, as Hamilton would've figured to have his way on the basepaths versus Jon Lester (if he was able to get on base, of course). The Reds are just being cautious here, as Hamilton is likely to be back in there Tuesday. Kristopher Negron is playing center field in Hamilton's place. Devin Mesoraco (hip) is also sitting out, with Brayan Pena handling the catching duties.
Apr 13 - 4:28 PM

Billy Hamilton had two walks, two runs scored, and a stolen base Friday against the Cardinals.

Hamilton went 0-for-2, but he still found ways to get on base and do some damage. He's already up to seven stolen bases on the year. If the speedster can avoid some big slumps and be more patient at the plate, approaching 100 stolen bases isn't out of the realm of possibility for him.
Apr 10 - 10:36 PM

Billy Hamilton singled three times, walked, and stole three bases in six plate appearances in Wednesday's 11-inning victory against the Pirates.

Hamilton only scored one run, but it was a critical run. He singled with two outs in the seventh, advanced to second on a wild pitch, then came around to score the tying run on a Joey Votto single. Hamilton has four hits in nine at-bats with four stolen bases to begin the season.
Apr 9 - 1:51 AM

Reds manager Bryan Price indicated Friday that the club will go into the season with Billy Hamilton as their leadoff hitter.

Hamilton batted seventh a couple times over the last week, raising a few eyebrows, but Price has ultimately decided to keep him in the leadoff spot. Also notable is that Joey Votto is expected to hit second and Brandon Phillips seventh.

Billy Hamilton was the only Red to log multiple hits on Thursday against the Indians, finishing 2-for-3.

The Reds break camp to head to Olympic Stadium to take on the Blue Jays before starting the regular season. Hamilton leaves Arizona batting just .213 (10-for-47) with two stolen bases in four opportunities. That performance is not too unlike last season, when he hit .250 and stole 56 bases but was also caught a league-leading 23 times.
Apr 2 - 5:29 PM

Billy Hamilton was hitless in three at-bats in his return to Cactus League action Sunday against the Cubs.

Hamilton suffered a minor right shoulder injury running into the outfield wall on March 6. He grounded out twice and struck out looking. In 11 spring at-bats, he has a single and a home run. The Reds are hoping he can take the next step and improve on last year's .250/.292/.355 slash line. No matter what, the steals should come in bunches after he stole 56 in 79 attempts in 2014.
Mar 15 - 6:29 PM

Billy Hamilton (shoulder) took batting practice Wednesday.

Hamilton has been out of action since banging his right shoulder into the outfield wall last Friday in a Cactus League game against the Cubs. The speedster should be good to return this weekend or early next week. Hamilton is looking to take a big step forward in 2015 after batting .250/.292/.355 with 56 stolen bases in 152 games last season as a rookie.
Source: Reds.mlb.com
Mar 12 - 1:20 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Devin Mesoraco
2Brayan Peña
3Tucker Barnhart
1B1Joey Votto
2B1Brandon Phillips
SS1Zack Cozart
3B1Todd Frazier
2Kristopher Negron
LF1Marlon Byrd
2Brennan Boesch
CF1Billy Hamilton
2Skip Schumaker
3Jason Bourgeois
RF1Jay Bruce
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Johnny Cueto
2Homer Bailey
3Mike Leake
4Anthony DeSclafani
5Jason Marquis
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Aroldis Chapman
2Tony Cingrani
3Jumbo Diaz
4Burke Badenhop
5Manny Parra
6JJ Hoover
7Kevin Gregg
8Carlos Contreras
9Sean Marshall