22-Year-Old Outfielder – Cincinnati Reds
2013 Fantasy Baseball Outlook
After Hamilton set the minor league single-season record for stolen bases in 2012, the Reds resisted the urge to call him up for the September stretch run, instead preserving their ability to keep him...
Billy Hamilton Contract Information:
Signed with the Reds in June of 2009.
Hamilton is drawing high praise for his defensive development in center field at Triple-A Louisville. "Defensively, he's been off the charts," Reds director of player development Jeff Graupe said. "When talking to our Triple-A staff, all they can comment on is how other teams have been impressed, which I think is a great barometer for a player's success. He's done a great job of taking away extra-base hits, and his bat has been developing this year. He got off to a rough start, but he's fought his way back, and I'm excited for what the second half will bring him."
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2013 Projected Stats Breakdown for Billy Hamilton
2013 projections compared to top 300 hitters in 2012 (min 250 PA)
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Cincinnati Reds Roster
MajorsArroyo, Bronson (P)
AAAtilano, Luis (P)
A+Buckley, Sean (3B)
AArias, Junior (OF)
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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
Two numbers stand out when looking at Hamilton's 2011 stats: 103 and 39. That's 103 stolen bases (in 123 attempts) and 39 errors. Hamilton stayed at shortstop all season after playing much of 2010 at second base, so growing pains had to be expected. But while Hamilton has great range, he hasn't received good marks for his arm or his hands, so he might not stick at shortstop. He's a very raw prospect, so even with an organizational problem at shortstop, Hamilton is not a candidate for a quick promotion. However, it's worth noting that he really came on strong at Low-A Dayton after hitting .195 through May - he just needs plenty of time at each level to develop.
Hamilton was drafted out of a Mississippi high school in the second round of the 2009 draft and started to hit his stride last year in the Pioneer League, where he hit .318/.383/.456 with a whopping 48 stolen bases in 69 games. So far he hasn't hit for power, and this production came at a pretty low level, but Hamilton's raw tools should put him on your long-term radar.