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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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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. Dec 12 - 4:05 PM

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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.
Dec 12 - 2:27 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.
Nov 13 - 7:09 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.
Oct 1 - 6:11 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.
Sep 29 - 11:41 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.
Sep 24 - 4:59 PM

Billy Hamilton is absent from the Reds' starting lineup on Saturday afternoon.

Hamilton returned from the disabled list on Friday, but it appears as though he'll be eased back into action. Phillip Ervin is starting in his place and hitting atop the Reds lineup.
Sep 23 - 12:41 PM

Billy Hamilton (thumb) went 2-for-5 with a run scored in his return from the disabled list Friday against the Red Sox.

Hamilton, who suffered a fractured left thumb earlier this month, was thrown out attempting to steal in the second inning. It’s unclear how much he’ll play the rest of the way, but he’s sure to keep running when he does. Hamilton is just two steals (58) ahead of Dee Gordon (56) for the major league lead. He also needs just one more steal to set a new career-high.
Sep 22 - 10:46 PM

Billy Hamilton (thumb) is in the Reds' lineup Friday.

Hamilton surprisingly returned from the disabled list Wednesday, but this will be his first game since being activated after missing a couple weeks with a fractured left thumb. He's almost surely not going to be 100 percent at the plate, but you know he's going to run if he gets on base. Hamilton is trying to hang on to his major league-leading stolen base total. He is currently three pilfers ahead of Dee Gordon (58 to 55).
Sep 22 - 3:07 PM

Reds activated OF Billy Hamilton from the 10-day disabled list.

Hamilton expressed frustration Tuesday over the Reds' medical staff slowing his rehab plan and now management has given heed to his desire to get back on the field for the final stretch of the regular season. The speedy center fielder suffered a fractured left thumb while trying to lay down a bunt back on September 6 and he might be limited to pinch-running duties out of the gate. Hamilton needs just one more stolen base to set a new career high.
Sep 20 - 12:06 PM

Billy Hamilton (thumb) expressed frustration to reporters Tuesday about his slowed rehab plan.

Hamilton has resumed most baseball activities and was hoping to take batting practice Tuesday, but the Reds' medical staff would not clear him to do so. "I don't know what to do. I feel like I'm ready," Hamilton said. "I feel like I am pain-free. I want to be out there with my team. I feel like it's still a step behind, especially when you feel like you're ready to go." The speedy center fielder landed on the disabled list September 6 after suffering a fractured left thumb. This is a sticky situation, with the last-place Reds focusing more on 2018 than the final dozen games of the 2017 campaign.
Sep 19 - 7:46 PM

Reds placed OF Billy Hamilton on the 10-day disabled list with a fractured left thumb.

Hamilton suffered the fracture while attempting to put down a bunt in the first inning of Wednesday's game against the Brewers. The Reds remain hopeful that he could potentially return before September is out, but given their place in the standings, they have little incentive to push him.
Sep 6 - 10:25 PM

Billy Hamilton has been diagnosed with a fractured left thumb.

Hamilton suffered the injury on a bunt attempt in the first inning of Wednesday's game against the Brewers. Reds manager Bryan Price told reporters that there's some hope Hamilton will be able to return for the final week of the regular season, but it would be silly for the last-place club to rush him back -- even with the 26-year-old speedster sitting one stolen base short of a new career high. Phillip Ervin figures to draw regular starts in center field down the stretch.
Sep 6 - 3:50 PM

Billy Hamilton is undergoing an MRI on his left thumb.

Hamilton injured the thumb on a bunt attempt in the first inning of Wednesday's game against the Brewers and he was lifted in the bottom of the third. The results of the MRI might not be made available until sometime Thursday. Phillip Ervin took over in center field for Cincinnati on Wednesday afternoon.
Sep 6 - 2:04 PM

Billy Hamilton was removed from Wednesday's game against the Brewers with an apparent hand injury.

Hamilton was shaking his fingers after a bunt attempt in the bottom of the first inning and Phillip Ervin hit for him to lead off the bottom of the third. Look for an update soon on the 26-year-old speedster. He finished the day 0-for-1.
Sep 6 - 1:41 PM

Depth Charts

C1Tucker Barnhart
2Devin Mesoraco
3Stuart Turner
1B1Joey Votto
2B1Scooter Gennett
2Shedric Long
SS1Jose Peraza
3B1Eugenio Suarez
LF1Adam Duvall
CF1Billy Hamilton
2Phillip Ervin
3Jose Siri
4Mason Williams
RF1Scott Schebler
2Jesse Winker
3Patrick Kivlehan
Starting Pitcher
S1Anthony DeSclafani
2Homer Bailey
3Brandon Finnegan
4Luis Castillo
5Robert Stephenson
6Sal Romano
7Amir Garrett
8Tyler Mahle
9Jesus Reyes
Relief Pitcher
R1Raisel Iglesias
2Michael Lorenzen
3Wandy Peralta
4Kevin Shackelford
5Ariel Hernandez
6Keury Mella
7Austin Brice
8Cody Reed
9Rookie Davis
10Kyle Crockett
11Jackson Stephens
12Joe Mantiply
13Zack Weiss