The Book on Billy Hamilton
Prospect Info and Scouting Report
Billy Hamilton / OF, CIN
Taylorsville, MS, USA
43 | 3/11/2014
ScoutingBook Combine Ranking (7/24/2014): #17
MLB.com/MiLB.com Season Preview: #37
Scout.com/FOX Sports: #59
Minor League Ball (Sickels): Unranked or n/a
Baseball America 2014: #43
Baseball Prospectus: #49
Total professional at-bats: .
Total professional innings pitched: .
The fastest legs in red stockings, young Billy Hamilton should get a shot at locking down a long-term job in Cincinnati's young lineup this season. The Pioneer League's player of the year in 2010 stole 155 bases (not a typo) at an 80% success rate in 2012, and ended last season by swiping 13 bases in 13 games for the big-league Reds. The switch-hitting Hamilton really does look like a prototypical leadoff hitter thanks to his wheels and rapidly-developing on-base skills: a player doesn't even get 190 opportunities to steal unless one can get on base an awful lot in the first place. In the field, he's capable of shortstop (his natural position), but the Reds have spent the last year prepping him to play the outfield, better to fit into the current lineup.
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News and Notes
6/30/2014 by KDaddy
That's more like it. Following a slow start, Billy Hamilton has been slashing .367/.390/.557 since June 9th, leading to a not-coincidental rise in Cincinnati's overall performance. The speedster is still getting caught a bit too often on the bases, but as the season levels off, he should still end up leading the league in steals, to boot.
6/15/2014 by KDaddy
While his numbers are masked by a poor April, Reds' speedster Billy Hamilton looks to be blossoming as an everyday player at long last. After hitting .159 in the first two weeks of the year, Hamilton has been reaching base at a .340 clip since June 1. If he can continue this sort of effectiveness, he'll almost certainly wrest the stolen base lead from Dee Gordon shortly, and could end the season as one of the game's best leadoff hitters.
4/10/2014 by KDaddy
After scuffling at the plate all last week, Red's speedster Billy Hamilton put together a three-hit game, including a triple, against the Cardinals last night. The good news is that he added a full hundred points to his batting average. The bad news is that only makes it .182. Hang in there, kid.
8/30/2013 by KDaddy
Billy Hamilton will finally join the Reds on Monday as part of the team's September expansion. While he's been way off his 155 steals of a season ago, Hamilton has still swiped 75 bags in 90 attempts this year, and should immediately become one of the league's biggest threats.
5/21/2013 by BallGirl
Billy Hamilton has been struggling in AAA ball, slashing only .228/.286/.327 in his first experience with that level of play. While stealing 22 bases in 39 games might look pretty good, it's actually nowhere near his 2012 pace, when he swiped more than one base per game on average. We'd like to see him heat up a little before banking on him as the Great Reds Hope he's looked like in the past.
4/9/2013 by KDaddy
After four games, Billy Hamilton is six-for-six in steal attempts for AAA Louisville. He's also hitting exactly .500. Only a late start to the season can possibly stop him from stealing 100 bases for the Reds this year.
10/20/2012 by KDaddy
In a 2012 season split between high-A Bakersfield and AA Pensacola, Billy Hamilton stole a total of 155 bases in 192 attempts. While that 80-percent success rate isn't quite high enough for comfort just yet, it's really hard to say anything other than: Billy Hamilton successfully stole one hundred and fifty five bases in 2012. We can't wait to see him in the Bigs.
7/9/2012 by KDaddy
The box score from Sunday's Futures Game will show his two-run triple, but Billy Hamilton's biggest contribution came a few minutes later, when he forced a three base error on a comebacker in the third inning. Hamilton, who's stolen 104 bases in only 82 minor league games so far this year, is already scaring MLB pitchers. He's very special.