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Billy Hamilton | Outfielder | #6

Team: Cincinnati Reds
Age / DOB:  (26) / 9/9/1990
Ht / Wt:  6'0" / 160
Bats / Throws: Switch / Right
College: None
Drafted: 2009 / Rd. 2 (0) / CIN
Contract: view contract details

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Billy Hamilton (Achilles) will return to game action this weekend.
Hamilton hasn't played the field since last weekend due to some minor Achilles soreness, though he did DH in Thursday's game against the White Sox. Obviously his legs are the most important part of his game, so we can't take this lightly. However, it sounds like Hamilton should be fine. Mar 24 - 12:52 PM

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Billy Hamilton swiped a pair of bases and scored a run on Friday as the Reds dispatched of split-squad Indians team 7-3 in Cactus League action.

Hamilton led off the game with a walk, then deftly stole second and third base before scoring on a single off the bat of Eugenio Suarez. He has now stolen four bases in the last couple of days and looks ready for the regular season despite his .219 batting average in Cactus League play.
Mar 18 - 12:49 AM

Billy Hamilton wreaked havoc with three hits and two steals Wednesday in the Reds’ Cactus League win over the Padres.

Shockingly, those were Hamilton’s first two steals of the spring. Hamilton couldn’t have asked for a much better day at the plate. He singled in the first and scored on an RBI single by Joey Votto, doubled in the third and drove home a run with another base hit in the fourth. Even after going 3-for-3, Hamilton is still hitting just .233 this spring. Hamilton is the league’s best base-stealer and a fine fielder, but the other parts of his game are severely lacking.
Mar 15 - 8:10 PM

Reds and OF Billy Hamilton avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $2.625 million contract.

It's a big raise for the speedy outfielder in what was his first year of arbitration eligibility. Hamilton batted .260/.321/.343 with 58 stolen bases for the Reds in 2016 and will function as their center fielder and leadoff man in 2017.
Jan 13 - 11:42 AM

ESPN's Buster Olney reports that the Rangers are eyeing Reds center fielder Billy Hamilton.

Zach Buchanan of the Cincinnati Enquirer wrote last week that the Cincinnati front office "would have to be really, really motivated by an offer" to move the speedy Hamilton, but the Rangers have the kind of young talent to make something happen. Hamilton is a .248/.297/.334 career hitter over four major league seasons, but his speed and his defensive range in the outfield can be game-changing elements.
Mon, Dec 5, 2016 07:48:00 AM

Zach Buchanan of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports that the Reds would "have to be really, really motivated by an offer" to trade outfielder Billy Hamilton.

ESPN's Buster Olney reported that the Reds were open to trading Hamilton and Buchanan confirms that they have indeed heard from some teams about the possibility, but it doesn't sound like anything has gone further from that. Hamilton is arbitration-eligible for the first time this winter, so there isn't necessarily a sense of urgency to move him right now, but it's smart for a rebuilding team to at least do some due diligence on the matter.
Tue, Nov 29, 2016 03:16:00 PM

Buster Olney of ESPN reports that the Reds are open to trading outfielder Billy Hamilton.

Olney notes that the Reds are listening to offers on all of their players, which shouldn't really be all that surprising for a rebuilding team. Hamilton would no doubt make sense for a few contenders. The 26-year-old took a step forward offensively in 2016 before going down with an oblique injury and offers game-changing speed and defense. He'll be arbitration-eligible for the first time this winter.
Tue, Nov 29, 2016 01:04:00 PM

Reds manager Bryan Price said Billy Hamilton (oblique) is unlikely to play again this season.

"I think we're so far removed now from baseball activity," Price said. "We're getting to that point where the realism portion of this deal is fading real fast -- for both [Hamilton and Zack Cozart]." Hamilton has been on the shelf with a strained left oblique since September 5. Assuming the speedster does not see the field again, he will finish out the 2016 campaign with a .260/.321/.343 slash line, three homers, 17 RBI, and a career-best 58 steals over 411 at-bats. He scored 69 runs ... nice.
Wed, Sep 21, 2016 08:08:00 PM

Reds placed OF Billy Hamilton on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to September 5, with a strained left oblique.

He's been battling the ailment for nearly two weeks and the Reds decided to make an official roster move. There's no timetable for Hamilton's return to the lineup.
Fri, Sep 16, 2016 08:25:00 AM

Billy Hamilton (oblique) has not resumed baseball activities.

Hamilton suffered a strained left oblique eight days ago and remains sore. It could be another week before we see him in a Cincinnati lineup.
Mon, Sep 12, 2016 03:42:00 PM

Billy Hamilton (oblique) remained out of the Reds' lineup Sunday.

Manager Bryan Price said Monday that Hamilton would have his strained left oblique re-evaluated in 5-7 days, but so far there's been no word on how much, if any, he has improved. It could still be a while before he's back in the lineup. Tyler Holt is handling center field Sunday.
Sun, Sep 11, 2016 11:01:00 AM

Reds manager Bryan Price said Monday that Billy Hamilton (oblique) will be reevaluated in 5-7 days.

Hamilton left Sunday's game with a strained left oblique, but Price said the injury "may not be a season-ender." Still, it appears that he'll be shut down for a few days at the very least. The Reds don't need to place him on the disabled list at this point in the season, which makes for a tricky roster situation for fantasy owners. Jose Peraza started in center field Monday against the Mets and makes for an intriguing play in mixed fantasy leagues.
Mon, Sep 5, 2016 04:37:00 PM

Billy Hamilton (oblique) is out of the Reds' starting lineup on Monday afternoon.

Hamilton suffered a strained oblique on a check swing in the third inning Sunday and could be facing an extended absence. Jose Peraza is in center field and batting leadoff on Monday against the visiting Mets.
Mon, Sep 5, 2016 09:56:00 AM

Billy Hamilton was lifted from Sunday's game versus the Cardinals with a strained left oblique.

Hamilton injured himself on a check swing in the third inning. The outfielder won't be placed on the disabled list with rosters expanded, but obviously this is an injury that has the potential to keep him out a while.
Sun, Sep 4, 2016 02:44:00 PM

Billy Hamilton departed Sunday's game against the Cardinals with a possible oblique injury.

Hamilton checked his swing on a Carlos Martinez offering in the third inning but then immediately grabbed his left side and tried to stretch it out. After a conversation with Reds manager Bryan Price and the trainer, he walked into the clubhouse. The Reds should have more on Hamilton shortly.
Sun, Sep 4, 2016 02:03:00 PM

Depth Charts

C1Devin Mesoraco
2Tucker Barnhart
3Stuart Turner
4Shawn Zarraga
1B1Joey Votto
2B1Jose Peraza
2Scooter Gennett
SS1Zack Cozart
3B1Eugenio Suarez
LF1Adam Duvall
2Zach Walters
CF1Billy Hamilton
2Arismendy Alcantara
RF1Scott Schebler
2Patrick Kivlehan
Starting Pitcher
S1Anthony DeSclafani
2Homer Bailey
3Brandon Finnegan
4Scott Feldman
5Amir Garrett
6Rookie Davis
7Bronson Arroyo
8Cody Reed
Relief Pitcher
R1Raisel Iglesias
2Michael Lorenzen
3Drew Storen
4Tony Cingrani
5Blake Wood
6Wandy Peralta
7Austin Brice
8Ariel Hernandez
9Nefi Ogando
10Robert Stephenson
11Barrett Astin