Billy Hamilton, Center Field, Cincinnati Reds, #6
Date of Birth: 9/9/1990
Birthplace: Collins, Mississippi
Current Salary: $2,625,000
Billy Hamilton, center fielder for the Cincinnati Reds, was drafted by the Reds in 2009. He played in the minor leagues from 2009 through most of 2013, impressing the Reds with his speed. He stole a total of 395 bases and he holds the minor league record for the most stolen bases in a single season with 155.
In 2013, Hamilton played in just 13 games with the Reds. In that short time, he batted .368 with 4 stolen bases. He finished the 2014 season, his first full season in the major leagues, with 141 hits, 25 doubles, 48 RBIs, 56 stolen bases, and a .250 batting average in 152 games. As a center fielder, he made 342 putouts and 2 errors for a fielding percentage of .994 in 144 games.
Hamilton had 57 stolen bases in 2015, one less than major league baseball's leader, Dee Gordon. He finished the season with 93 hits and a .226 batting average in 114 games. As a center fielder, he made 273 putouts and no errors in 110 games.
Hamilton batted .260 in 119 games with the Reds in 2016. He finished the season with 107 hits, 19 doubles, and a career high 58 stolen bases. Defensively, as the Reds' center fielder in 115 games, he made 276 putouts and 3 errors.
Career batting statistics for Hamilton through 2016 include:
- 398 games played
- 348 hits
- 184 stolen bases
- 94 RBIs
- 289 strikeouts to 100 walks
- .248 batting average
Career fielding statistics for Hamilton as a center fielder through 2016 include:
- 376 games played
- 907 putouts
- 5 errors
- .995 fielding percentage