Hamilton at this year's Futures Game (Peter G. Aiken-US PRESSWIRE)

Billy Hamilton breaks the Record!

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.

Our own John Heitz practically called it yesterday

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 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.

Congratulations, Billy!

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  • beeker

    Huge congrats to Billy on the record!! I can’t wait to see just how far he pushes his new record. No doubt it is going to stand for a long, long time.

    How crazy is it that he leads the entire Southern League in steals after just 37 games? Amazing!!

    I would love to see Billy called up in September and see if his speed as a pinch runner for Rolen or Hanigan late in a big game would get in the head of big leaguers. No doubt they will know who he is. And the exposure to the big league level of play would be good for him.

    But I won’t complain — unlike the Twitterverse — if the club decides to leave him at AA. Two levels is a huge jump. If I recall correctly, he got picked off several times right after coming up to AA. There is no guarantee that he can walk onto a major league field and steal bases at will like he seems to now. (But there is only one way to find out, isn’t there?)

    • http://blogredmachine.com/ Steve O’Red

      Just not Twitter that would be complaining. Most likely to see complaints on every forum and message board about the decision. Personally, I don’t see starting the clock on service time, etc, just to make him a pinch-runner.