Reds center fielder Billy Hamilton brings an element of speed and base running to the team that has been missing for several years. Here are nine interesting facts about Hamilton.
Interesting Facts about Hamilton No. 1
Hamilton is one of only three Major League Baseball players since 1900 to steal 20 bases in his first 30 games. When he was brought up in September, 2013 to play for the Reds, Hamilton stole 13 bases in 13 games.
Interesting Facts about Hamilton No. 2
Although he bats predominantly lefthanded due to the number of MLB righthanded pitchers, Hamilton is actually a switch hitter who naturally bats from the right side of the plate.
Interesting Facts about Hamilton No. 3
Hamilton was clocked in 3.3 seconds on a run from home to first base on a drag bunt single in a 2014 spring training game — which some scouts believe is a record. Former Yankee and Brave Deion Sanders was clocked at 3.33.
Interesting Facts about Hamilton No. 4
Born in Collins, Mississippi, the 160-pound righthanded center fielder was a three-sport star at Taylorsville High school where he excelled in baseball, basketball and football. During his senior year, he was guard on the high school basketball team and averaged 35 points a game.
Interesting Facts about Hamilton No. 5
He was a 2nd round pick in the 2009 draft (57th overall) and the Reds had to sign him away from a football scholarship to Mississippi State University where Hamilton was to expected to be a wide receiver.
Interesting Facts about Hamilton No. 6
During his five years in the minors, Hamilton stole 395 bases and had a lifetime batting average of .280. He holds the record for most stolen bases in a season with 155 — which is 10 higher than the previous record.
Interesting Facts about Hamilton No. 7
In his MLB debut game against St. Louis on September 3, 2013, he was sent in to pinch run for Ryan Ludwick. Hamilton proceeded to steal second base and then score on a double by Todd Frazier.
Interesting Facts about Hamilton No. 8
In his first official start on September 18, Hamilton played centerfield and reached base five times. The game lasted 13 innings and Hamilton was 3-for-4 with two walks. He scored two runs, drove in one and had four stolen bases.
Interesting Facts about Hamilton No. 9
Hamilton is the first major league player since 1920 to steal four bases in his first major league start. During the remainder of the 2013 season, Hamilton successfully stole 13 bases before being thrown out on his 14th attempt.
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