BILLY HAMILTON NEWS

LEADING OFF: Wainwright set to see Reds, Holt a hit machine

A look at what's happening all around the major leagues Sunday: --- ACE ADAM Cardinals star Adam Wainwright starts against the Reds, who haven't scored an earned run in their last 17 innings against him. Cincinnati could use speedster Billy Hamilton - he is day-to-day after irritating his groin on an infield hit Saturday. WHAT'S UP, BROCK? Brock Holt is making a case to play every...
Via AP on Fox
13 hours ago  |  Discuss

JABO: Aroldis Chapman Changeup Watch

Imagine, if you can, the least-fair thing in baseball. Do you have it? Maybe you’re picturing having to face Giancarlo Stanton with the bases loaded. Maybe you’re picturing one of those Clayton Kershaw curveballs, or Juan Lagares running down a would-be winning double in the gap. Maybe you’re just thinking about Billy Hamilton on the […]
Via Fangraphs
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Fantasy Baseball Studs and Duds for Week 2 in 2015

Studs: Adam Jones, BAL – Adrian Gonzalez had a great night, belting three home runs in one game, but Jones had a great week. Jones launched four home runs in the course of five days. He also tallied seven additional hits (.524 AVG). Jones is taking advantage of every lefty on the hill. In this short season, he is 4-for-4 with a home run and two RBI against southpaws. Billy Hamilton...
Via Fox Sports
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Hamilton, Mesoraco ailing, out of Reds' lineup vs. Cubs

CHICAGO (AP) Cincinnati Reds outfielder Billy Hamilton and catcher Devin Mesoraco are ailing and out of the starting lineup for Monday night's game against the Chicago Cubs. Mesoraco stayed in Cincinnati to undergo an MRI on his ailing left hip. The 2014 All-Star is hitting .095 with just two hits and no RBIs in six games. Brayan Pena was in the Cincinnati lineup in place of Mesoraco...
Via AP on Fox
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Cincinnati Reds’ Billy Hamilton, 100 Stolen Bases?

By Anthony Weber As a minor league player in the Cincinnati Reds organization, Billy Hamilton during the 2012 season accomplished a feat that made himself a recognizable name at all levels of baseball.  Despite having never made a major league roster, all MLB pitchers began to dread the thought of seeing Hamilton leadoff first base. During the 2012 season, playing in both the Class...
Via Beyond The Spread
5 days ago  |  Discuss

The best hitters and pitchers: Week 1

Welcome to the first in what will be a season long series highlighting the best hitters and pitchers of the previous week. Every Monday we’ll pick one hitter and one pitcher for top honors. We’re going to keep a running tally as well to see who comes out on top at the end of the year. We’re also going to highlight some honorable mentions as well the week’s MLB leader in certain...
Via The Outside Corner
5 days ago  |  Discuss

The best hitters and pitchers: Week 1

Welcome to the first in what will be a season long series highlighting the best hitters and pitchers of the previous week. Every Monday we’ll pick one hitter and one pitcher for top honors. We’re going to keep a running tally as well to see who comes out on top at the end of the year. We’re also going to highlight some honorable mentions as well the week’s MLB leader in certain...
Via Bloguin Best
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Will Reds' base-running be Cubs starter Lester's undoing?

Jon Lester's first start with the Chicago Cubs didn't exactly go as planned, and he knows he needs to be better going forward. Keeping Billy Hamilton and the Cincinnati Reds off the basepaths could prove crucial if he hopes to get on track. Lester takes the mound opposite Mike Leake as the Cubs play the first of three against the Reds on Monday night at Wrigley Field. After signing...
Via AP on Fox
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Billy Hamilton’s Reverse Lineup Protection

You’d think that here in 2015, alongside our flying hoverboards and pill-based meals, we’d have finally eradicated the myth of “lineup protection.” The idea that having a dangerous hitter on deck would give the pitcher incentive to challenge the current batter with hittable pitches lest he walk him and put a man on for the better […]
Via Fangraphs
6 days ago  |  Discuss

BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 655: Lester vs. Hamilton: The Pickoff Culmination by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

Ben and Sam banter about the weekend`s best plays and Mike Trout`s hidden hobby, then discuss the potential pickoff showdown between Jon Lester and Billy Hamilton.
Via Baseball Prospectus
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Reds-Cubs Preview

Jon Lester's first start with the Chicago Cubs didn't exactly go as planned, and he knows he needs to be better going forward. Keeping Billy Hamilton and the Cincinnati Reds off the basepaths could prove crucial if he hopes to get on track. Lester takes the mound opposite Mike Leake as the Cubs play the first of three against the Reds on Monday night at Wrigley Field. After signing...
Via AP on Fox
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Cincinnati Reds CF Billy Hamilton is a Base Stealing Maniac!

When the Reds called Billy Hamilton up from the minors last year they knew what they were getting--one seriously fast dude. He proved that last season when he stole 56 bags for the Reds, but he is off to an incredible pace to this season. After four games the speedster has seven stolen bases in seven attempts.You could say he is pretty good at it.via Cut4Read more »
Via FatManWriting
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Billy Hamilton leads Cincinnati Reds to blazing fast start with sweep

Is it too soon to make any long-term statements about the 2015 season? More than likely, as less than a week into the season so much can and will change. Think Adrian Gonzalez is going to keep his 200+ home run pace? Of course not. Are the Washington Nationals going to stay near the bottom of their division? Definitely not. So what can you really make out of the Cincinnati Red’s...
Via Sports-Glory
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Billy Hamilton Catches Fly Ball, Immediately Gives it to Bae in Stands

The Pittsburgh Pirates and Cincinnati Reds are currently in a rain delay, but if you ask me, we’ve already seen enough — thanks to Billy Hamilton. In the bottom of the third inning, the speedster notched his fifth (!) steal of the early season despite a successful pitch-out guess by the Pirates: For your rain delay entertainment: Even a pitchout can’t catch @BillyHamilton...
Via Busted Coverage
9 days ago  |  Discuss

John Sickels ranks the Cincinnati Reds system 14th best in baseball

A few weeks ago I ran the numbers based on some historical data based on John Sickels player grades and the Cincinnati Reds system came in ranked 18th according to that metric. Earlier today Sickels came out with his farm system rankings based on how he feels each team ranks. Last year he ranked the Reds as the 14th best farm system. Billy Hamilton and Ben Lively are the only Top...
Via Reds Minor Leagues
16 days ago  |  Discuss

LEADING OFF: Billy Hamilton set to race back into action

A look at the highlights of what's happening all around spring training in Florida and Arizona on Sunday: --- SPEED IT UP Reds speedster Billy Hamilton, out since injuring his right shoulder in a collision with the outfield wall March 6, is set to return to the lineup for Cincinnati against the Cubs at Mesa, Arizona. NOT SO BRAWNY Brewers star Ryan Braun will be back in the lineup...
Via AP on Fox
March 14, 2015  |  Discuss

Billy Hamilton, In the Red

In Nathaniel Hawthorne's novel The Scarlet Letter, the protagonist, Hester Prynne, is forced to wear a red "A" on her dress as punishment for committing adultery.  Like Ms. Prynne way back in the 1600s, you too will be heavily penalized if you choose to cheat on your fantasy team by drafting Cincinnati Reds' outfielder Billy Hamilton -- a man with a different red letter on his...
Via Razzball
February 23, 2015  |  Discuss

Player Profile #54: Billy Hamilton | OF | CIN

Reserve your FREE copy of Baseball Professor’s 2015 Draft Guide, complete with our list of the Top 100 Dynasty League Prospects. 10,000 words of prospect coverage available on February 17! It’s only fitting that on the week that Billy Hamilton comes up on our Top 200 Countdown, he’s involved in major controversy around the annual Mixed League LABR draft. No, it’s...
Via Baseball Professor
February 13, 2015  |  Discuss

Improving Billy Hamilton

Now that football’s officially over for a while, countless sports fans are going to look ahead to the baseball season, with 2015 promising to be The Year Of Mookie Betts. This comes on the heels of 2014, which at one time promised to be The Year Of Billy Hamilton. And, to be fair, it was […]
Via Fangraphs
February 03, 2015  |  Discuss

Substitution Rules

In September of 2013, Billy Hamilton made his MLB debut. As a pinch runner. It’s wonderful to see Billy Hamilton be a pinch runner. A few days before his 20th birthday, Tim Raines made his MLB debut as a pinch runner, and all six games in his September callup was as a pinch runner. He […]
Via Fangraphs
January 28, 2015  |  Discuss

Reds' Billy Hamilton getting stronger for encore season

CINCINNATI (AP) Billy Hamilton set a Reds rookie record by stealing 56 bases last season, tied for second-most overall in the major leagues. He also wore down as the months wore on, with his hitting and stealing showing a big drop-off. So the 6-foot, 160-pound outfielder is on a weight-lifting regimen this offseason, trying to make his body ready for the extra wear-and-tear of a...
Via AP on Fox
January 22, 2015  |  Discuss

Reds' Hamilton ready for jump start on Year 2

CINCINNATI -- Billy Hamilton is ready for 2015 to get started. The Reds center fielder isn't due to report to the team's Goodyear, Ariz., complex for spring training until Feb. 24 but he's headed out west next week to get a jump start on things. Jump starts and Hamilton are synonymous. What Hamilton and the Reds are really looking for this upcoming season is not just that fast start...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
January 22, 2015  |  Discuss

What Happens When Billy Hamilton is on Third Base?

When I first dreamt this post up, I figured the title would somehow include the phrase, “Billy Hamilton Effect.” That was before I discovered Eno already wrote a post called “Todd Frazier and the Billy Hamilton Effect” back in July. Point is, there are a lot of unusual ways in which Billy Hamilton affects the […]
Via Fangraphs
January 20, 2015  |  Discuss

Why Wasn’t Billy Hamilton a Base-Stealing Dynamo?

Shortly before people were making too much of the Mets signing Michael Cuddyer, people were making just enough of the Royals very nearly winning the actual World Series. It was an enjoyable race for a championship, and a part of the Royals’ game that got an incredible amount of attention was their habit of stealing […]
Via Fangraphs
November 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Hamilton finishes runner-up in NL Rookie of the Year balloting

CINCINNATI -- There aren't too many things that are slow when it comes to Billy Hamilton but a slow September cost him the National League Rookie of the Year award. New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom won the award, announced Monday night by the Baseball Writers Association of America. deGrom received 26 of the 30 first-place votes and totaled 142 points in the balloting...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
November 10, 2014  |  Discuss
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