Billy Hamilton, Center Field, Cincinnati Reds, #6
Date of Birth: 9/9/1990
Birthplace: Collins, Mississippi
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.
In 2017, Hamilton batted .247 in 139 games with the Reds. He was second in MLB in stolen bases with 59, just one stolen base behind the leader, Dee Gordon. He had 144 hits, 17 doubles, 11 triples, 38 RBIs, and 133 strikeouts to 44 walks. Defensively, as the Reds' center fielder in 137 games, he made 301 putouts and 3 errors. He had a .991 fielding percentage.
Career batting statistics for Hamilton through 2017 include:
- 537 games played
- 492 hits
- 243 stolen bases
- 132 RBIs
- 422 strikeouts to 144 walks
- .248 batting average
Career fielding statistics for Hamilton as a center fielder through 2017 include:
- 513 games played
- 1,208 putouts
- 8 errors
- .994 fielding percentage