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VIDEO: Billy Hamilton makes a leaping catch against the Pirates

Jun 19, 2014, 8:11 PM EDT

Aaron wrote earlier today how Reds center fielder Billy Hamilton has bounced back nicely with the bat after a slow start to the season, but he’s also getting it done defensively. Look no further than this excellent leaping catch in the ninth inning this afternoon against the Pirates:

Not only did Hamilton rob Travis Snider of an extra-base hit and potentially save the game for the Reds, but he also nearly doubled off the runner at first base. Pretty impressive stuff.

Hamilton doubled, stole a base, and scored a run in today’s loss and is now batting .277/.313/.400 with four home runs, 21 RBI, and 29 stolen bases over 66 games this season. The 23-year-old speedster entered play today tied for 23rd among position players in fWAR (2.3). Not surprisingly, his defense has been a big reason for that.

  1. mbeezy23 - Jun 19, 2014 at 9:07 PM

    Future SUPER STAR….FIRST HEARD ABOUT THIS DUDE AS A FOOTBALL PLAYER….NATRAUL GIFTED ATHLETE

  2. chinahand11 - Jun 20, 2014 at 12:30 AM

    The kid is coming around, good on him! He’s exciting, we can always use exciting.

  3. tendigitpoet - Jun 20, 2014 at 4:11 AM

    Not coincidentally, the Reds are starting to win series of games. Now to wake up the middle of the batting order.

  4. paco53 - Jun 21, 2014 at 12:12 PM

    The defensive metrics show that he is the best defensive CF in the majors.
    http://www.cincinnati.com/story/blogs/2014/06/20/fangraphcom-rate-his-as-best-defensive-cfer/11099435/

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