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Billy Hamilton steals second and third in Rising Stars Game

Nov 4, 2012, 8:49 AM EDT

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The video is unfortunately not embeddable, but you’ll want to follow this link to see Reds prospect Billy Hamilton steal the show — pun intended — at last night’s Arizona Fall League Rising Stars Game.

The 22-year-old gets a nice jump and snags second base rather routinely, then darts over to third after the next pitch while the catcher is attempting to deliver the ball back to the mound. Just watch the video.

Hamilton swiped a record 155 bases this past season between High-A Bakersfield and Double-A Pensacola. He is projected to play center field at the major league level and should be able to climb his way to Cincinnati by the end of the 2013 campaign.

  1. metalhead65 - Nov 4, 2012 at 9:21 AM

    hopefully he does good enough in spring training he makes the club,but who are we kidding dusty baker is the same manager who preferred willie harris last year over Todd Frazier even after the spring he had. a guy who would have been ROY under any other manager was not good enough in Baker’s eyes over a guy who batted.089 for the reds before he was finally and reluctantly sent down after rolen and votto were injured.dusty did everything in his power to get willie going before he had no choice and had to play Frazier who only went on to help save the reds season. Frazier’s ROY hopes went down the drain the min. rolen was able to leave his walker and was immediatly made the starter again at third. that worked out really well for the reds didn’t it?

    • cur68 - Nov 4, 2012 at 10:15 AM

      Guess Dusty’s felling better, eh? Ok then. Well Dang You, Dusty Baker! Dang you to Heck!

    • paperlions - Nov 4, 2012 at 10:23 AM

      Frazier’s hopes weren’t helped when he hit .181/.241/.261 (avg/obp/slg) in September while still getting regular playing time.

      • metalhead65 - Nov 4, 2012 at 11:42 AM

        a 2 week slump at the start of sept. should not take away what he did the 3 months. if that is the case what about harper not hitting after the all star game until getting hot again sept.? I think he hit .180 something. and after rolen came back in sept. frazier did not get regular playing and a chance to break out that slump.

      • paperlions - Nov 4, 2012 at 11:50 AM

        All AB count, you don’t get to ignore poor performance for convenience….and the slump wasn’t just two weeks. He pretty much sucked for the entire month. What his slump did do was allow Harper to catch him in offensive performance, plus Harper played very good CF defense while Frazier was average at 3B/1B. That offensive production from CF is more valuable than it is from 3B/1B.

  2. historiophiliac - Nov 4, 2012 at 9:48 AM

    Man, in that picture his Darth Vader helmet looks way too big.

    • Francisco (FC) - Nov 4, 2012 at 10:29 AM

      That’s because it’s a Dark Helmet helmet.

      • qcubed3 - Nov 4, 2012 at 2:06 PM

        Indeed, the Schwartz is strong with this one.

  3. humpalmd - Nov 4, 2012 at 10:11 AM

    I have as a minor leaguer on my fantasy team. I am expecting him to win me the steals category by himself for years to come.

  4. indaburg - Nov 4, 2012 at 10:24 AM

    I watched half the game, and Billy Hamilton is the player who stood out the most by far. He did misplay a ball in center, but his base stealing, for those of us who appreciate small ball, was exquisite. I look forward to seeing more from this young man in the coming years.

  5. kprosox13 - Nov 4, 2012 at 11:34 AM

    Can’t wait for him to make it to the big leagues. He will definitely be a fun player to watch.

    • greymares - Nov 4, 2012 at 5:08 PM

      can’t steal 1st.

      • roadwearyaaron - Nov 4, 2012 at 5:41 PM

        Drew Stubbs can confirm this with his .277 OBP. Hamilton’s is .364 in the minors so far and a .410 across two leagues this season. If he continues to develop, he should be an improvement over the Reds current CF/leadoff hitter (offensively, at least).

  6. bigleagues - Nov 5, 2012 at 9:03 AM

    Dude’s so fast, the Director and Cameraman can’t keep up.

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