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Reds send top prospect Billy Hamilton to minors

Mar 19, 2013, 4:46 PM EDT

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Billy Hamilton was never really in the mix for Opening Day job because he’s 22 years old and has just 50 career games above Single-A, but today the Reds made it official by reassigning the fastest man in baseball to minor league camp.

Hamilton has made the transition from shortstop to center field, but has yet to play the outfield in an actual minor league game. So he’ll get some work in at Triple-A while Shin-Soo Choo provides a short-term stop gap at the position.

Hamilton hit .311 with a .410 on-base percentage in 132 games between high Single-A and Double-A last season, setting the all-time record with a ridiculous 155 stolen bases.

  1. unclemosesgreen - Mar 19, 2013 at 4:49 PM

    On behalf of fantasy baseball players everywhere – FREE BILLY HAMILTON!

    • cur68 - Mar 19, 2013 at 4:54 PM

      Well, Billy’s working on switch hitting, too. A month or two in AAA should do him a lot of good.

      • drmonkeyarmy - Mar 19, 2013 at 5:02 PM

        Hello Cur. In less than 40 words give me a prognosis of the Blue Jays season.

      • cur68 - Mar 19, 2013 at 5:16 PM

        Better than last season

      • cur68 - Mar 19, 2013 at 5:22 PM

        You got any predictions for The Phillies, 40 words or less?

      • drmonkeyarmy - Mar 19, 2013 at 5:48 PM

        World Fucking Champions

      • cur68 - Mar 19, 2013 at 5:50 PM

        All right, man! I like a good bold predication. Haven’t seen one of those since ‘Cepts was around. Of course we all know how that turned out…

      • paperlions - Mar 19, 2013 at 5:50 PM

        How does one become the world champion of fucking? Is it based on stamina, creativity, frequency, some combination of all variables resulting in OARF (Orgasms Above Replacement Fucker)?

      • cur68 - Mar 19, 2013 at 5:53 PM

        I’m certain that the book “Moneyballing” could answer your questions, ‘lions.

      • paperlions - Mar 19, 2013 at 5:55 PM

        Damn that is funny. Kudos.

  2. frankenderek - Mar 19, 2013 at 5:02 PM

    I’m super excited to see this kid in the bigs. I hope he hits well.

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