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The fastest man in baseball is making his first start tonight

Sep 18, 2013, 4:16 PM EDT

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Reds prospect Billy Hamilton–also known as the fastest man in baseball–is making his first career start tonight after spending the past two weeks coming off the bench.

Hamilton is playing center field and batting ninth against the Astros, with the Reds’ season-long center field, Shin-Soo Choo, shifting to left field.

Through his first two weeks in the majors Hamilton has five stolen bases compared to just three at-bats, but his tremendous range in the outfield could come in handy for the Reds and prior to struggling at Triple-A this season he’d shown quite a bit of promise offensively. And of course he swiped 75 bases in 123 games this year after breaking the all-time record with 155 steals in 132 games last year.

Here’s hoping the Astros hit a bunch of fly balls into the gaps and Hamilton finds a way to get on base. Should be fun to watch.

  1. stlouis1baseball - Sep 18, 2013 at 4:35 PM

    Here’s to hoping the Astros hit a bunch of frozen ropes in the gaps…Hamilton makes no catches and gets on base zero times. But of course…I am admittedly biased.

  2. uk2ndbestinthestate - Sep 18, 2013 at 5:37 PM

    Really? ….I couldn’t tell

  3. mrpinkca - Sep 18, 2013 at 8:16 PM

    For a minute there, I had forgotten that Houston had moved to the AL, and was wondering what Reds pitcher was batting 8th…

  4. thomas844 - Sep 18, 2013 at 8:56 PM

    First big league hit is a double down the left field line! Congrats Billy!

  5. adamsa79 - Sep 19, 2013 at 12:01 AM

    3 for 3 and 3 sb’s nice night!!!

  6. weaselpuppy - Sep 19, 2013 at 1:45 AM

    plus two walks and another steal.

    Next Jeff Stone, Vince Coleman or Lou Brock?

  7. nbjays - Sep 19, 2013 at 8:14 AM

    Great start for the kid, but it might be hard to keep up this pace.

  8. peddealer - Sep 20, 2013 at 3:10 AM

    I have to admit I was skeptical of him giving the Reds early returns on their investment outside of speed. If he can also provide defensive range that Choo cannot particularly late in a game, then this could be huge.

    We might remember his 1st.game for a long time!

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