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Reds prospect Billy Hamilton reaches 100 stolen bases

Sep 4, 2011, 10:37 AM EST

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Triple-digit stolen base totals are a thing of the past in the major leagues and are becoming increasingly rare in the minor league ranks. But baseball’s long history is filled with players who have bucked trends, and achieved great success in doing so.

Enter Billy Hamilton, the Reds’ top infield prospect.

A second-round pick in 2009, Hamilton reached the 100-steal plateau Saturday in Single-A Dayton’s 4-2 victory over the Lansing Lugnuts. He is the first minor league player to reach the mark since 2001 and the first player in the history of the Reds organization to steal more than 90 bases in a single season.

Hamilton’s bat needs work. He’s hitting just .278/.339/.360 in 134 games this season and striking out far too often. But he might be the fastest player in the sport, and that tool alone could carry him to the top.

  1. vottoloco - Sep 4, 2011 at 11:21 AM

    So….you’re showing a picture of Dave Sappelt why?

    • Drew Silva - Sep 4, 2011 at 11:28 AM

      Yikes, thank you.

  2. tmohr - Sep 4, 2011 at 12:03 PM

    How soon before he’s nicknamed “Sliding Billy?”

  3. bigleagues - Sep 4, 2011 at 12:19 PM

    If his glove is any good, with speed like that, he need only get that OPS into the mid-.700’s as he progresses up the ranks to reach The Show.

    I realize the impact of hitting a double is greater than hitting a single, but the next best thing is a guy who can convert a walk or a single into standing on 2B without the next batter even taking a swing.

  4. bigleagues - Sep 4, 2011 at 12:26 PM

    OK, a little more here. The dudes a Switchhitter. I found a couple of videos on Youtube and perhaps he has corrected it, but if not, there is a lot of work to do on his swing. He is all over the place with his weight as he awaits the pitch. Most of the time it seems he is off balance when the ball arrives. It seems as if he is trying to figure out how to swing and finish with his weight forward (especially from the left side) to get a jump on 1st. The problem is, he isn’t in a good position to hit the ball squarely.

    But here he is taking off for 2nd – ahead of the wind :-)

    • bigleagues - Sep 4, 2011 at 12:27 PM

      • bigleagues - Sep 4, 2011 at 12:30 PM

        Kid knows how to get a jump to:

  5. firemarshal1 - Sep 4, 2011 at 3:55 PM

    When is the tooth pick manager going to start playing the younger players? Alfonso, Monascro,

    • bloogart7 - Sep 4, 2011 at 4:38 PM

      I suppose the Reds would have to sign & develop a player named Monascro before you should criticize Dusty Baker for not starting him.

    • bloogart7 - Sep 4, 2011 at 4:41 PM

      Ditto a guy named Alfonso. Yeesh.

  6. royalsfaninfargo - Sep 4, 2011 at 4:52 PM

    100 stolen bases is a pretty big deal nowadays congrats to him. Who was the last big leaguer to do it?

    • takemytalentstosoutheuclid - Sep 4, 2011 at 6:03 PM

      Vince Coleman did it 3 consecutive years (85-87). He was the last to do it.

      • bigleagues - Sep 4, 2011 at 6:31 PM

        Coleman is also the only player to do it 3 years in a row.

        Only 4 players have ever accomplished 100 SB or more. Hendo Kendo did it 3 times including his record of 130. Maury Wills and Lou Brock are the other two.

        But just look at Coleman’s OBP and OPS in those 3 years!

                                                                                                                     
        Rk             Player Year  SB Age  Tm Lg   G  PA  AB   R   H 2B 3B HR RBI  BB IBB  SO CS   BA  OBP  SLG  OPS
        1       Vince Coleman 1987 109  25 STL NL 151 702 623 121 180 14 10  3  43  70   0 126 22 .289 .363 .358 .721
        2       Vince Coleman 1986 107  24 STL NL 154 670 600  94 139 13  8  0  29  60   0  98 14 .232 .301 .280 .581
        3       Vince Coleman 1985 110  23 STL NL 151 692 636 107 170 20 10  1  40  50   1 115 25 .267 .320 .335 .655
        4    Rickey Henderson 1983 108  24 OAK AL 145 622 513 105 150 25  7  9  48 103   8  80 19 .292 .414 .421 .835
        5    Rickey Henderson 1982 130  23 OAK AL 149 656 536 119 143 24  4 10  51 116   1  94 42 .267 .398 .382 .780
        6    Rickey Henderson 1980 100  21 OAK AL 158 722 591 111 179 22  4  9  53 117   7  54 26 .303 .420 .399 .820
        7           Lou Brock 1974 118  35 STL NL 153 701 635 105 194 25  7  3  48  61  16  88 33 .306 .368 .381 .749
        8         Maury Wills 1962 104  29 LAD NL 165 759 695 130 208 13 10  6  48  51   1  57 13 .299 .347 .373 .720
        

        Provided by http://www.baseball-reference.com

      • royalsfaninfargo - Sep 4, 2011 at 11:13 PM

        Its crazy that was so long ago. Coleman was one of the most dangerous lead off of his time, at least when he was with St. Louis. One of the main reasons the Royals won the Series in ’85 was because he was hurt and didnt play. Thanks for the info.

  7. bigleagues - Sep 4, 2011 at 6:35 PM

    Let’s try this again. Sort of . . .

                                                                                      
    Player             Year  SB Age  Tm   G  PA   R   H  BB  SO CS   BA  OBP  SLG  OPS
    Vince Coleman      1987 109  25 STL 151 702 121 180  70 126 22 .289 .363 .358 .721
    Vince Coleman      1986 107  24 STL 154 670  94 139  60  98 14 .232 .301 .280 .581
    Vince Coleman      1985 110  23 STL 151 692 107 170  50 115 25 .267 .320 .335 .655
    Rickey Henderson   1983 108  24 OAK 145 622 105 150 103  80 19 .292 .414 .421 .835
    Rickey Henderson   1982 130  23 OAK 149 656 119 143 116  94 42 .267 .398 .382 .780
    Rickey Henderson   1980 100  21 OAK 158 722 111 179 117  54 26 .303 .420 .399 .820
    Lou Brock          1974 118  35 STL 153 701 105 194  61  88 33 .306 .368 .381 .749
    Maury Wills        1962 104  29 LAD 165 759 130 208  51  57 13 .299 .347 .373 .720
    

    Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool UsedGenerated 9/4/2011.

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