From the Field: Billy Hamilton, of, Cincinnati Reds

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Billy Hamilton is one of the fastest players in the majors. It is also fun that he is competent with the bat, so unlike so many fast players–he can get on base and actually deploy his speed.

My favorite stat of his is not his stolen base numbers, but his caught stealing numbers. In 2014 he had 56 stolen bases, but was caught a league leading 23 times.  Since then he has 115 stolen bases…and only been caught 16 times. He has put a lot of work to improving the strongest part of his game, which I think says something.

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Hamilton had a ton of accolades in the minors, but has yet to be selected to an MLB All-Star team, but he is only 25. If he stays healthy, I imagine he will get one or two selections before it is all said and done.

Year Age Tm Lg G AB HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS OPS+
2009 18 CIN-min Rk 43 166 0 11 14 3 11 47 .205 .253 .277 .530
2010 19 CIN-min Rk 69 283 2 24 48 9 28 56 .318 .383 .456 .839
2011 20 CIN-min A,FgW 145 586 3 53 109 22 57 143 .273 .336 .350 .686
2012 21 CIN-min A+,AA,Fal 149 576 3 54 165 39 93 125 .302 .399 .410 .809
2013 22 CIN-min AAA,FgW 140 579 6 45 86 17 44 114 .252 .304 .337 .641
2013 22 CIN NL 13 19 0 1 13 1 2 4 .368 .429 .474 .902 150
2014 23 CIN NL 152 563 6 48 56 23 34 117 .250 .292 .355 .648 81
2015 24 CIN NL 114 412 4 28 57 8 28 75 .226 .274 .289 .563 55
2016 25 CIN NL 119 411 3 17 58 8 36 93 .260 .321 .343 .664 77
4 Yrs 398 1405 13 94 184 40 100 289 .248 .297 .334 .631 73
162 Game Avg. 162 572 5 38 75 16 41 118 .248 .297 .334 .631 73
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 10/31/2016.
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