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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 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

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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

Billy Hamilton went 2-for-3 and stole a career-high five bases in Sunday's loss to the Cubs.

Hamilton became the first player to steal five bases in a game since Jacoby Ellsbury accomplished the feat in May of 2013. His final theft of the night, was also the 100th in his young career. He continues to terrorize Jon Lester and take advantage of his inability to keep runners close. After a single in the third inning, Hamilton stole second, then third base on Lester's first two offerings. He then doubled, took third and came around to score the Reds lone run in the sixth. While he's hitting a mere .224/.267/.310 on the season, his 31 stolen bases are tops in all of baseball.
Jun 15 - 12:09 AM

Billy Hamilton (wrist) went 0-for-5 in his return to the Reds lineup on Friday.

Hamilton had missed the previous three contests with a minor wrist injury. He continues to struggle mightily at the dish, slashing a mere .217/.258/.300 on the season. As fast as he is, you can't steal first base, and fantasy owners are forced to suffer through the rest of his poor numbers to reap the reward of his league-leading 25 stolen bases.
Jun 13 - 8:38 AM

Billy Hamilton (wrist) is not in the Reds' starting lineup Thursday night against the Cubs.

Hamilton has now missed three straight games with a banged up wrist. He remains listed as day-to-day. Kristopher Negron is in center field for the Reds on Thursday at Wrigley Field and Ivan De Jesus is batting leadoff.
Jun 11 - 3:44 PM

Billy Hamilton (wrist) remained out of the Reds' lineup Wednesday.

Hamilton is nursing a minor left wrist injury but is expected to be fine. Consider him day-to-day. Kristopher Negron is in center field Wednesday.
Jun 10 - 9:26 AM

Billy Hamilton is out of Tuesday's lineup against the Phillies because his hand/wrist is banged up.

It's safe to call him day-to-day for now, but this is a reminder that being so active on the basepaths takes its toll on someone. Brennan Boesch will start in center field Tuesday.
Jun 9 - 3:40 PM

Billy Hamilton is not in Tuesday's lineup against the Phillies.

He's presumably just getting a breather. Brennan Boesch will start in center field while Ivan De Jesus will make another start in left.
Jun 9 - 2:06 PM

Billy Hamilton (shoulder, wrist) went 1-for-4 with an RBI single in his return to the lineup Monday.

Hamilton sat out Sunday after banging his shoulder and wrist on a slide into second base on Saturday, but one day of rest was enough. It's worth noting that he was moved from eighth to ninth in the order on Monday, which Reds manager Bryan Price is hopeful will allow him to take more advantage of his speed. Look him him to stick there, at least for the short-term.
May 26 - 8:40 AM

Billy Hamilton (shoulder, wrist) is not in the Reds' lineup Sunday.

Hamilton banged his shoulder and wrist on a slide into second base Saturday. He stayed in that game and is expected to be fine, but the Reds felt it would be best to give him some rest Sunday. Brennan Boesch is handling center field.
Source: MLBlogs.com
May 24 - 9:55 AM

Billy Hamilton suffered shoulder and wrist injuries Saturday but doesn't expect to miss any games.

Hamilton injured himself sliding into second base but never came out of the game. He went 1-for-3 as the Reds dropped their seventh in a row. Hamilton was caught stealing for only the third time Saturday.
May 23 - 7:58 PM

Billy Hamilton has been moved down to the No. 8 spot in the Reds' lineup for Sunday's game against the Giants.

Hamilton leads baseball with his 17 stolen bases this season, but his .212/.264/.336 batting line has left a lot to be desired. The red-hot Zack Cozart is hitting leadoff Sunday in Hamilton's place.
May 17 - 10:46 AM

Billy Hamilton went 2-for-5 with a solo homer Friday in a losing cause against the Giants.

It was his third home run of the season. Power is just a bonus with Hamilton, but stolen base opportunities have been few and far between of late since he's just not getting on base. He's batting just .204 this month and .212/.264/.336 for the year.
May 15 - 10:26 PM

Billy Hamilton is not in the Reds' lineup Sunday.

It appears to just be a day of rest. Brennan Boesch is handling center field Sunday in Hamilton's place.
May 3 - 9:53 AM

Billy Hamilton hit a solo homer, his second of the year, Thursday versus the Braves.

Hamilton has two homers, two triples and just one double after 83 at-bats. The occasional homer is nice for his fantasy owners, but it'd sure be better for the Reds if he hit the ball on the ground more frequently.
Apr 30 - 10:06 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Devin Mesoraco
2Brayan Peña
3Tucker Barnhart
1B1Joey Votto
2B1Brandon Phillips
2Ivan DeJesus Jr.
SS1Eugenio Suarez
2Zack Cozart
3B1Todd Frazier
2Kristopher Negron
LF1Marlon Byrd
CF1Billy Hamilton
2Skip Schumaker
3Jason Bourgeois
RF1Jay Bruce
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Johnny Cueto
2Mike Leake
3Anthony DeSclafani
4Michael Lorenzen
5Raisel Iglesias
6Josh Smith
7Jon Moscot
8Homer Bailey
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Aroldis Chapman
2Tony Cingrani
3JJ Hoover
4Burke Badenhop
5Manny Parra
6Ryan Mattheus
7Nate Adcock
8Sean Marshall
9Pedro Villarreal
10Carlos Contreras