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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
Contract: view contract details

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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. Mar 20 - 6:45 PM

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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

Billy Hamilton (finger) said he thinks he could return to Cactus League play on Thursday.

Hamilton suffered a sprained left index finger when he was struck by a line drive during batting practice on Tuesday, but it's obviously not much of a concern. The 27-year-old speedster should be 100 percent for Opening Day. He racked up a career-high 59 stolen bases in 139 games last season.
Mar 7 - 11:10 AM

Billy Hamilton has been diagnosed with a sprained left index finger.

He's being listed as day-to-day in Reds camp. This doesn't seem like an overly series issue, but it's certainly something to monitor. Hamilton is 0-for-14 so far in Cactus League play and he has not stolen a base.
Mar 6 - 5:28 PM

Billy Hamilton was scratched from Tuesday's lineup with an injury to his left index finger.

No word yet on the severity of the injury or when he could be ready to return to action. The Reds should pass along an update soon.
Mar 6 - 1:34 PM

Reds manager Bryan Price said Friday that Billy Hamilton is projected as the team's leadoff hitter "right now."

Price didn't commit to Hamilton always hitting at the top of the order, though, and noted that Jesse Winker is a possibility to bat leadoff when he's in the lineup. Hamilton is the fastest player in the game, but he is and always has been a poor fit for the leadoff spot because he simply doesn't get on base enough. He sported a .299 OBP in 2017 and has had an OBP over .300 in only one of his four full seasons.
Feb 23 - 11:52 AM

Reds and OF Billy Hamilton avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $4.6 million contract.

It's a roughly $2 million salary bump for the speedy Hamilton, who was in his second year of arbitration eligibility. The 27-year-old hit .247/.299/.335 with 59 stolen bases last season and has been mentioned prominently in trade rumors this winter.
Jan 12 - 12:42 PM

Jerry Crasnick of ESPN reports that the Reds are still listening to trade offers on outfielder Billy Hamilton.

The Giants are reportedly the club that has expressed the most interest in the 27-year-old speedster. Crasnick notes that Reds' owner Bob Castellini would need to approve any trade though and has stated in the past that he hopes Hamilton remains in a Reds' uniform forever.
Jan 6 - 8:05 AM

According to Jon Morosi of MLB Network, the Reds and Giants continue to engage trade discussions involving Billy Hamilton.

These talks heated up at the Winter Meetings, but the final word from Orlando -- via Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports -- was that the two sides could not find a match. Maybe something will change as more dominos fall in the trade and free agent markets. Hamilton holds a weak .248/.298/.334 career batting line at the major league level, but he's a strong defensive center fielder and a game-changer on the basepaths. The 27-year-old is under contractual control through 2019.
Tue, Dec 26, 2017 06:00:00 PM

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports says the Reds and Giants are "not matching up" on a Billy Hamilton trade.

ESPN's Buster Olney adds that the Reds are engaged with other organizations on Hamilton, whom he labels the "ultimate late-inning weapon" for a "big-market team." Hamilton has excelled defensively and on the basepaths, but the 27-year-old center fielder owns a weak .248/.298/.334 career batting line. He carries two more years of control.
Tue, Dec 12, 2017 04:05:00 PM

According to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic, the Giants remain the most interested team for Reds outfielder Billy Hamilton.

Giants general manager Bobby Evans talked up prospect Steven Duggar for center field on Monday, but the club clearly isn't against making a trade in order to improve their defense. Red Sox center fielder Jackie Bradley, Jr. has also been mentioned as a possibility. Hamilton brings game-changing speed and defense, but he batted just .247/.299/.335 this past season. He's under team control for two more years. The Reds are reportedly shopping their outfielders (Adam Duvall included) in order to make room for prospect Jesse Winker.
Tue, Dec 12, 2017 02:27:00 PM

According to Jon Morosi of, the Giants are interested in trading for Reds center fielder Billy Hamilton.

This comes after a recent report connected the Giants to Red Sox outfielder Jackie Bradley, Jr., so clearly the club is trying to improve their outfield defense. The speedy Hamilton would surely do that, but he hasn't many any progress offensively, as evidenced by his rough .247/.299/.335 batting line this season. Hamilton made $2.625 million via arbitration this season and is under team control for two more years.
Mon, Nov 13, 2017 07:09:00 PM

Billy Hamilton went 0-for-4 with a walk on Sunday to finish with a .299 OBP.

If Hamilton had a .300 batting average, it's safe to say he would have sat today. However, his .300 OBP was granted no such protection. He still wasn't an awful leadoff hitter even with the .299 OBP, but it was still quite a disappointing year, considering that he came in at a more respectable .321 last year.
Sun, Oct 1, 2017 06:11:00 PM

Billy Hamilton is not in the Reds' lineup Friday.

The Reds are also resting Adam Duvall and Scooter Gennett. They have Phillip Ervin in center field, Jesse Winker in left and Jose Peraza at second base.
Fri, Sep 29, 2017 11:41:00 AM

Billy Hamilton tripled and stole his 59th base of the season in a loss to the Red Sox on Sunday.

Yep. Billy Hamilton can still fly. The triple gives him 10 on the season, and if it wasn't so easy to knock the bat out of his hand and induce weak contact, he'd probably have double that amount. Hamilton is fantasy-relevant because of his ability to steal bases like few others, but it sure would be nice if he could do it while hitting for a respectable average/on-base percentage.
Sun, Sep 24, 2017 04:59:00 PM

Depth Charts

C1Tucker Barnhart
2Devin Mesoraco
3Stuart Turner
1B1Joey Votto
2B1Scooter Gennett
2Dilson Herrera
3Cliff Pennington
4Brandon Dixon
SS1Jose Peraza
2Alex Blandino
3Phil Gosselin
3B1Eugenio Suarez
LF1Adam Duvall
CF1Billy Hamilton
2Phillip Ervin
3Mason Williams
RF1Scott Schebler
2Jesse Winker
3Patrick Kivlehan
Starting Pitcher
S1Anthony DeSclafani
2Homer Bailey
3Luis Castillo
4Brandon Finnegan
5Sal Romano
6Robert Stephenson
7Tyler Mahle
8Amir Garrett
9Cody Reed
Relief Pitcher
R1Raisel Iglesias
2Michael Lorenzen
3David Hernandez
4Wandy Peralta
5Jared Hughes
6Austin Brice
7Kevin Shackelford
8Kyle Crockett
9Kevin Quackenbush
10Jackson Stephens
11Oliver Perez
12Zack Weiss
13Dylan Floro
14Joe Mantiply