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Billy Hamilton is still ridiculously fast

Jun 4, 2013, 9:46 AM EDT

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Via Wezen-Ball, who breaks down all the numbers on the speed of Hamilton’s “trots,” comes Billy Hamilton being Billy Hamilton:

Hamilton is not having the greatest season at Triple-A Louisville. He’s hitting .248/.315/.349 with 30 steals in 53 games. Which is good, but not for him.  Given that the Reds are loaded and winning like crazy this season it’s unlikely we’ll see Hamilton in the bigs this year.  But we should definitely root for him to go on a tear so that he may be in Cincinnati’s plans for 2014 so we can see all that speed all the time.


  1. therealbigben - Jun 4, 2013 at 9:57 AM

    I thought he was the first runner who scored, which in that case I woulda been like dammmmnnnnnn

  2. jonrox - Jun 4, 2013 at 9:59 AM

    Everyone in Cincinnati assumes he’s going to be a September call-up. Doesn’t that count as making a big league appearance?

    • jm91rs - Jun 4, 2013 at 10:13 AM

      That’s really going to depend on the race with the Cardinals and/or Pirates. You’re not going to give him any playing time if the Reds are battling for the division. This is not the year to finish in the wild card slot, so unless they pull away I’d expect the regulars to be playing pretty much every game they can.

      • wlschneider09 - Jun 4, 2013 at 10:32 AM

        I’d expect the Reds would have Hamilton up as a pinch running specialist in September at the very least.

  3. tcostant - Jun 4, 2013 at 10:10 AM

    Look for him as a September call up, he could have a huge impact as a pinch runner in close games.

    • jm91rs - Jun 4, 2013 at 10:14 AM

      He could do that, and maybe play the field late in a game. I just don’t see him getting much plate experience this year if the race is tight.

      • tcostant - Jun 4, 2013 at 10:59 AM

        Agreed, more like what Ottis Nixon did for Boston. Hamilton could have a huge impact w/o ever getting an AB, because of late inning pitch running.

      • Joe - Jun 4, 2013 at 11:11 AM

        He wouldn’t get any plate experience if they don’t call him up, so the fact he’d be mostly riding the pine shouldn’t be a deterrent.

      • dondada10 - Jun 4, 2013 at 11:53 AM

        Joe, it’s not if the minor league season is over.

  4. tycobbfromfangraphs - Jun 4, 2013 at 11:02 AM

    Jesse Winker>Billy Hamilton

    • paperlions - Jun 4, 2013 at 11:35 AM

      Yeah, probably. At this point, Hamilton’s only plus (or average) skill is his speed. A scouting report a couple of years ago compared he and Dee Gordon….scouts liked Gordon’s bat better at the time, but didn’t think either guy would hit. Skills do develop and improve, but he still has work to do as a hitter…though, of course, his speed could make a .290 OBP play up.

  5. cur68 - Jun 4, 2013 at 11:20 AM

    Last I heard, the plan was to have Hamilton working on switch hitting in the minors. That might explain the low average. Be nice to see him called up soon, though. That kind of speed will turn ground outs into hits.

    • paperlions - Jun 4, 2013 at 11:41 AM

      Hamilton has always been a switch hitter, so that doesn’t explain a decrease in performance compared to last year. It is probably just that AAA pitchers have better command and defenses are better and he’s a tiny dude. He’s probably going to have to add some mass to prevent MLB pitchers from pounding the top of the strike zone and daring him to do something with it.

    • jm91rs - Jun 4, 2013 at 12:00 PM

      I do recall something about how he was about to give up hitting from one side so that might be part of it, but I think it’s mostly the switch from AA to AAA. Remember he didn’t even have a full year in AA, so it’s all new to him.

  6. allisonhagen - Jun 4, 2013 at 11:54 AM

    You’re welcome for the link.

  7. 13arod - Jun 4, 2013 at 2:43 PM

    he should be in the majors already

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