Heading into this evening’s game against Montgomery, Reds prospect Billy Hamilton needed two steals to tie Vince Coleman’s record of 145 thefts in a minor league season. Hamilton did that…and one better.
In Hamilton’s first at-bat, he walked and reached second on an error on a pickoff attempt. Hamilton would proceed to steal third.
In the bottom of the 3rd inning, Hamilton reached base on a single. With Ryan LaMarre at the plate, Hamilton swiped second, tying Coleman. On the 5th pitch of LaMarre’s AB, Hamilton would swipe third for the record.
According to former BRM writer Kevin Geary…
— Kevin Geary (@kevingeary10) August 22, 2012
Kevin also provides some interesting tidbits…
– Hamilton is 146-for-180 swiping bags this season. That’s about 81%.
– Billy Hamilton now LEADS the Southern League in SB with 42 (in 37 G). Leads BOTH Southern Lg AND California Lg.
This will only heighten the calls for Hamilton to be brought to Cincinnati when September call-ups are made. While we know Hamilton can steal a base with the best of anyone, it will be a debate of whether the Reds will want to “start the clock” on Hamilton and his MLB service and all that goes with it. Needless to say, it will now become even more of a debate.