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Billy Hamilton | Outfielder

Team: Cincinnati Reds
Age / DOB:  (24) / 9/9/1990
Ht / Wt:  6'0" / 160
Bats / Throws: Switch / Right
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Billy Hamilton (shoulder) will begin a minor league rehab assignment with Double-A Pensacola on Saturday.
With the minor league season coming to an end soon, it's likely that Hamilton will only be there for a couple of games before he's activated by the Reds. Fantasy owners waiting on his speed should get Hamilton back in the lineup at some point before the end of next week. Sep 4 - 8:09 PM

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Billy Hamilton (shoulder) will take batting practice Friday.

It will be the first time he's done so since he landed on the disabled list in mid-August with a sprained capsule in his right shoulder. Reds manager Bryan Price said it's possible Hamilton could be ready for a rehab assignment before the minor league season ends. That suggests he's not far off from a return if he can progress without any setbacks.
Sep 4 - 4:12 PM

Reds manager Bryan Price said Tuesday of Billy Hamilton (shoulder) that "it's going to be a while before baseball activities start."

Hamilton just began mobility exercises on Monday as he works his way back from a sprained capsule in his right shoulder. Although it appears he's still a long ways off, Hamilton maintains hope of returning at some point this season. "There’s no doubt in my mind that I want to be back out there," Hamilton said.
Aug 26 - 9:16 AM

Reds placed OF Billy Hamilton on the 15-day disabled list with a sprained capsule in his right shoulder.

Hamilton jammed the shoulder during Tuesday's loss to the Royals. It's unclear at this point how long the speedster might be sidelined. Skip Schumaker and Jason Bourgeois should see the bulk of the time in center field in Hamilton's absence.
Aug 19 - 2:46 PM

Billy Hamilton went 2-for-5 with a double and a single in Sunday's 4-3, 10-inning loss to the Diamondbacks.

The double was Hamilton's seventh of the season. He also struck out twice in the contest. While he's a plus-defensive outfielder, the bat has struggled to match the glove this season and Hamilton's hitting just .223/.265/.283 with three homers, 48 runs scored and 51 steals.
Aug 9 - 7:58 PM

Billy Hamilton went 1-for-3 in Friday's loss after sitting out Thursday's game.

It's hard to tell exactly what the Reds are trying to accomplish with Hamilton. He's had two days off this week, and he hits ninth when he does play. Meanwhile, Jason Bourgeois hits second when he starts over Hamilton. Obviously, Hamilton has terrible numbers -- his OBP is down to .265 -- but the Reds aren't going anywhere anyway and hitting him ninth isn't helping anyone. Even without the offense, he remains their best center field option because of his outstanding defense. Still, they need to try something different, whether it's sending him to the minors or naming him the everyday leadoff hitter for the rest of the season in an effort to restore his confidence.
Aug 8 - 12:30 AM

Billy Hamilton is not in the Reds' starting lineup Thursday afternoon against the Cardinals.

Jason Bourgeois will start in center field and bat second in the Reds' series finale versus the visiting Cards. Hamilton is just getting a day of rest. He has 51 steals but a brutal .222/.265/.281 batting line this season.
Aug 6 - 10:24 AM

Billy Hamilton is not in the Reds' lineup Sunday.

It's a routine day off. Marlon Byrd has slid over to center field in Hamilton's place, while Skip Schumaker gets a start in left.
Aug 2 - 10:49 AM

Billy Hamilton went 2-for-5 with two steals and three runs scored Thursday against the Pirates.

A great game for Hamilton, but he didn't exactly help his case for returning to the leadoff spot, not with Brandon Phillips homered twice, knocking in seven runs and even swiping two bases tonight. Better luck next time.
Jul 30 - 11:57 PM

Billy Hamilton doubled twice and knocked in two runs in a 3-for-5 effort Wednesday, but the Reds fell to the Cubs.

Hamilton brought in two runs with a double as part of the Reds' five-run second inning but they were otherwise unable to capitalize on his big night at the plate. The outfielder has been getting the job done on the bases, stealing 45 bases in 52 attempts, but has been a black hole at the plate for the most part, batting .226/.272/.294 with 21 RBI and 42 runs scored.
Jul 22 - 10:06 PM

Billy Hamilton is not in the Reds' lineup Sunday.

It looks to be a simple day of rest. Jason Bourgeois is in center field while Hamilton sits.
Jul 12 - 10:26 AM

Billy Hamilton went 1-for-4 with a double, a stolen base, and a run scored as the Reds took down the Nationals on Tuesday.

Hamilton doubled with one out in the fifth inning, stole third base, then came around to score on a Joey Votto single for the Reds' fourth run of the ballgame. He hasn't been able to hold his own at the plate, batting .221/.271/.290, but when he's reached base, he's been a near-lock to steal at least one base. On the season, Hamilton has stolen 42 bases in 48 attempts.
Jul 7 - 9:40 PM

Billy Hamilton is not in the Reds' lineup Sunday.

It appears to simply be a day off. Jason Bourgeois is in center field while Hamilton rests.
Jul 5 - 10:49 AM

Billy Hamilton reached base four times and stole four bases in six plate appearances on Monday to help the Reds stave off the Twins.

Hamilton stole four bases in a game earlier this year and also accomplished the feat in September of 2013, so it's old hat for him. He singled twice and walked twice to set up his speed attack. The outfielder is batting a measly .224/.273/.295 but has scored 37 runs while stealing 40 bases in 46 attempts just ahead of the schedule's midpoint.
Jun 29 - 11:00 PM

Billy Hamilton has considered giving up switch-hitting.

Hamilton is a natural right-handed hitter and has a career .682 OPS from that side of the plate as opposed to a .618 OPS when hitting lefty. The speedy outfielder said he wouldn't consider making the switch during the season, but it's possible he'll decide over the winter to give up hitting lefty.
Jun 15 - 8:10 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Brayan Peña
2Tucker Barnhart
3Ramon Cabrera
4Devin Mesoraco
1B1Joey Votto
2B1Brandon Phillips
2Ivan DeJesus Jr.
SS1Eugenio Suarez
2Zack Cozart
3B1Todd Frazier
LF1Skip Schumaker
2Brennan Boesch
3Adam Duvall
CF1Billy Hamilton
2Jason Bourgeois
RF1Jay Bruce
2Ryan LaMarre
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Anthony DeSclafani
2Raisel Iglesias
3Keyvius Sampson
4John Lamb
5Jon Moscot
6Homer Bailey
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Aroldis Chapman
2JJ Hoover
3Jumbo Diaz
4Burke Badenhop
5Manny Parra
6Ryan Mattheus
7Sam LeCure
8Pedro Villarreal
9Collin Balester
10Carlos Contreras
11Sean Marshall
12Nate Adcock