Billy Hamilton steals the show in first career start

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Billy Hamilton made the most of his first career start in the series finale on Wednesday night against the Astros.

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Dusty Baker penciled Hamilton into the nine-hole of the lineup and as starting center fielder to wrap up the series in Houston. Hamilton made the most of his opportunity going 3-4 with two walks at the plate while scoring three runs and driving in one.

Hamilton wasted no time getting his first major league hit. With nobody on and two outs in the second inning, Hamilton laced a 1-0 fastball down the left field line for a double. He then scored on a Shin-Soo Choo RBI single.

The night didn’t stop there for Hamilton as he added two more hits including an RBI infield single in the 6th. The single could have gone for extra bases had the ball not hit the third base bag and popped up in the air.

It was a night of many firsts for Hamilton, including his first multi-stolen base game.  For anybody keeping track Hamilton, who now has swiped 9 bags, trails Ricky Henderson by just 1,397 stolen bases for the all-time record. His four steals tonight also moved him into second on the Reds roster in stolen bases on the year, trailing only Choo.

Hamilton became the first player in the live-ball era to record four steals in his first major league start. Even more impressive was the fact that two of them came on pitchouts!

If Hamilton can consistently reach base like he did tonight then the Reds have an absolutely electrifying star in the making.

For a full game recap check out this post.

Topics: Billy Hamilton, Cincinnati Reds

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  • beeker

    The kid’s speed is absolutely phenomenal. If Molina couldn’t get him in his first two steals, and the Astros couldn’t get him either time on pitch outs, we have to wonder who exactly is going to ever throw him out. Someone will eventually, and it will be something he can brag about for the rest of his life, but it is probably going to take as much luck as skill to get Billy.

    This is too early to ask, but how might Hamilton change the thought process for the draft? Could teams become more willing to take a chance on a kid with real speed, even if their other tools are a little lacking? Not that there all that many prospects with that kind of speed.

    I can say with more confidence that Billy made a strong case for making the post-season roster in his first start. He showed how much he can impact a game. I’m not saying he should start in the post-season, but there is little doubt he can rattle any pitcher and intimidate any catcher.

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