Originally posted on Baseball Hot Corner  |  Last updated 9/10/13
Without so much as a single plate appearance or a play in the field, Cincinnati Reds rookie Billy Hamilton has made his mark on baseball in just his first full week in the show.  Entering four games as a pinch runner in close and late situations, Hamilton stole four bases without being caught, scoring three times – one tying run and two game winners.  According to Elias Sports Bureau this makes him the first player ever to steal a base in each of his first four games as a major leaguer. Setting a record for steals with 155 in 132 games at high-A and AA last season led some to call Hamilton the fastest man in the history of the game, and his .410 OBP certainly tantalized.  But he fell back to Earth in 2013, nabbing “only” 75 in 90 attempts and getting on base at a frankly dismal .308 clip at AAA Louisville. For many prospects this could mean ending the season in AAA but this is possibly the most disruptive baserunner in the game. Though he’s likely to start next year in the minors, H...
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