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Billy Hamilton | Outfielder

Team: Cincinnati Reds
Age / DOB:  (24) / 9/9/1990
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 160
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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Reds manager Bryan Price would like to see Billy Hamilton take advantage of his speed by hitting more line drives and balls on the ground.
This includes bunting. Hamilton has been working with Triple-A Louisville manager Delino DeShields this offseason to better utilize his speed and plans to take advantage of it more often in 2015. "Last year, it was me who didn't do it as much as I should have," said Hamilton. "I feel I'm at the point where I've learned a lot the past season, and I'm going to do it a lot more. Delino is one of those guys who steers me the right way." Feb 3 - 1:20 PM
Source: Reds.mlb.com

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Reds manager Bryan Price said Saturday that Billy Hamilton (concussion) is unlikely to play on Sunday.

Hamilton suffered a minor concussion on Wednesday, and though he has improved in recent days it appears as though the team will take the cautious approach and hold him out for the remainder. He finishes his rookie campaign by hitting .250/.292/.355 with six homers, 48 RBI and 56 stolen bases. On the downside however, he did post a 117/34 K/BB ratio and was caught stealing a league-leading 23 times. While the future still looks bright for the 24-year-old speedster, unless he can learn to work the count and get on base more consistently, he may not be long for the top of the Reds lineup.
Sat, Sep 27, 2014 01:14:00 PM

Billy Hamilton (concussion) remained out of the Reds' lineup Friday.

Hamilton's status for the final weekend of the season is up in the air after he suffered what was termed a "mild" concussion on Wednesday. Chris Heisey is taking Hamilton's spot in center field.
Fri, Sep 26, 2014 12:10:00 PM

Reds manager Bryan Price said after Thursday's game that Billy Hamilton (concussion) has yet to go through the battery of tests required to be cleared to return.

Hamilton sat out Thursday after leaving Wednesday's game with a concussion and said he felt "the same." The Reds will play him if he passes concussion tests, but his status for the final three games is up in the air. "I think they want him to feel better before they do all the concussion tests, I think they've done certain things, but he's going to have to pass some tests before he's cleared to play," Price said. "It's going to be day-to-day until I hear otherwise. We're going to want him to play at 100 percent in regards to any concussion symptoms."
Fri, Sep 26, 2014 09:54:00 AM

Billy Hamilton left Wednesday's game with a mild concussion.

The concussion being deemed "mild" leaves the possibility open that we'll see Hamilton again before the season is over. Still, with only a few games left and concussion protocol being what it is, there's a good chance the 24-year-old has played his last game in 2014. If he has, Hamilton ends the year with a .250/.292/.355 line, 56 stolen bases and a prominent place in the National League Rookie of the Year conversation.
Wed, Sep 24, 2014 08:43:00 PM

Billy Hamilton left Wednesday's game against the Brewers with an undisclosed injury.

Hamilton made a spectacular leaping catch to rob Ryan Braun of a home run in the game, but it's unclear why he left in the fifth inning. He was replaced by Chris Heisey in center field. The Reds should update Hamilton's situation soon.
Wed, Sep 24, 2014 08:18:00 PM

Billy Hamilton is not in the Reds' lineup Wednesday.

It's just a breather for Hamilton, who has just two hits over his last 24 at-bats. Chris Heisey is getting the start in center field.
Wed, Sep 10, 2014 02:45:00 PM

Billy Hamilton went 0-for-4 on Monday, dropping his average to .262.

Hamilton looked like a shoo-in for Rookie of the Year honors two months ago, but Jacob deGrom has likely overtaken him since. Hamilton is hitting just .222 with one homer, eight RBI and 17 steals in 189 at-bats since the All-Star break. He hit .285 with five homers, 38 RBI and 38 steals in 333 at-bats previously.
Mon, Sep 8, 2014 10:42:00 PM

Billy Hamilton went 2-for-4 with a walk and stole his 55th base, setting a Reds rookie record, in Tuesday's loss to the Orioles.

Hamilton wasted no time setting the Reds' rookie record, reaching on an infield single in the first inning, then swiping second base. He then went for stolen base number 56 but was thrown out at third base. Hamilton owns a .269/.305/.382 slash line with six home runs and 46 RBI.
Wed, Sep 3, 2014 12:19:00 AM

Billy Hamilton went 2-for-2 with two walks, two runs scored and two RBI against the Cubs on Thursday.

But only one steal. Regardless, this probably rates as his best game of the second half. He entered with a .219/.247/.285 line in 151 at-bats since the All-Star break. The walks today were his 24th and 25th in 486 at-bats this season.
Thu, Aug 28, 2014 04:19:00 PM

Billy Hamilton had a nice night at the dish as the Reds dropped the nightcap of Sunday's doubleheader to the Rockies, going 3-for-4 with a double and a pair of runs scored.

Hamilton also swiped his 45th base of the season in the contest. He has done a nice job atop the Reds lineup, slashing .271/.301/.396 with six homers and 43 RBI.
Mon, Aug 18, 2014 01:21:00 AM

Billy Hamilton finished 2-for-4 with an RBI triple and a run scored in Thursday's win over the Indians.

Hamilton notched the only extra-base hit of the night against Indians pitching, knocking in a run in the second with a triple. He was thrown out trying to turn it into an inside-the-park home run. He was also thrown out attempting to steal his 44th base. The Reds' speedster is slashing .271/.298/.399 with six home runs and 43 RBI.
Thu, Aug 7, 2014 09:54:00 PM

Billy Hamilton managed a hit, but struck out three times in his five at-bats in Tuesday's 9-2 win over the Indians.

Hamilton has struck out 10 times in 25 trips to the plate since August began. It's a small sample, of course, but something to keep an eye on. The 23-year-old speedster has otherwise done a decent job handling major league pitching this season, slashing .271/.299/.397 with six home runs, 42 RBI, and 43 stolen bases.
Tue, Aug 5, 2014 10:08:00 PM

Billy Hamilton went 2-for-5 with an RBI, stolen base and three runs scored as the Reds beat the Marlins 7-3 on Sunday.

Hamilton scored a run in the fourth, had an RBI single and a run scored in the fourth and also scored in the sixth. The stolen base was his 43rd of the season, trailing only Dee Gordon in the National League. The question before the season was whether Hamilton could hit enough to stick in the league, but his .273/.301/.402 line to this point has effectively answered those questions.
Sun, Aug 3, 2014 04:55:00 PM

Billy Hamilton is not in the Reds' lineup Wednesday.

It appears to just be a day off for the speedster. Chris Heisey is in center field Wednesday in Hamilton's place.
Wed, Jul 30, 2014 10:23:00 AM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Devin Mesoraco
2Brayan Peña
3Tucker Barnhart
4Lou Marson
1B1Joey Votto
2Josh Satin
3Neftali Soto
2B1Brandon Phillips
2Irving Falu
SS1Zack Cozart
2Eugenio Suarez
3B1Todd Frazier
2Kristopher Negron
3Chris Dominguez
LF1Marlon Byrd
2Brennan Boesch
3Donald Lutz
CF1Billy Hamilton
2Skip Schumaker
3Jason Bourgeois
RF1Jay Bruce
2Yorman Rodriguez
3Kyle Waldrop
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Johnny Cueto
2Homer Bailey
3Mike Leake
4Tony Cingrani
5Anthony DeSclafani
6Raisel Iglesias
7Dylan Axelrod
8David Holmberg
9Paul Maholm
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Aroldis Chapman
2Jumbo Diaz
3Sam LeCure
4Burke Badenhop
5Sean Marshall
6JJ Hoover
7Manny Parra
8Jose Mijares
9Pedro Villarreal
10Carlos Contreras
11Daniel Corcino
12Ryan Dennick
13Kevin Gregg
14Nate Adcock