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Reds prospect's ludicrous speed worth following

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08:15 AM ET 05.01 | Averaging a stolen base per game tends to catch the eye, and Reds shortstop prospect Billy Hamilton has made a habit of catching the eye. The 29 stolen bases in 23 games [this season] are just the beginning. Billy Hamilton has reached on eight infield singles. He has been thrown out by infielders 14 times. ... Pitchers have committed three balks while Billy Hamilton was on base. Billy Hamilton has scored from third when the catcher threw to first to complete another batter's strikeout. And Billy Hamilton scored the walk-off run on April 20 on a sacrifice fly. To the second baseman. Game logs can't really tell me whether Billy Hamilton's speed caused all, most, or just some of these things. But there are just so many of these things.

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May 1, 2012  08:49 AM ET

YYYYYYYYAAAAAAAAWWWWWWWNNNNNNN!

May 1, 2012  08:55 AM ET

Where would he play if he came up,not SS, Zach Cozart is doing one heck of a job there already.

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May 1, 2012  09:59 AM ET

Sure it's not Usain Bolt in a Reds uniform?

May 1, 2012  10:05 AM ET

Can't coach speed.

May 1, 2012  10:15 AM ET

He's gone plaid!

May 1, 2012  11:25 AM ET

oh where oh where, should i play??

May 1, 2012  11:43 AM ET

Dark Helmet: " Increase to ludicrious speed ! "

May 1, 2012  11:57 AM ET

Speed on the bases is a tremendous disruption for pitchers and difficult for the defense.This guy and Votto are the only things that appeared to be scary about the Reds thus far

May 1, 2012  12:00 PM ET

The second best base stealer ever named Billy Hamilton.

May 1, 2012  11:06 PM ET

What's his batting average? You can't steal first base. The original Billy Hamilton was an accomplished hitter.

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May 3, 2012  10:57 AM ET
QUOTE(#13):

What's his batting average? You can't steal first base. The original Billy Hamilton was an accomplished hitter.

He's hitting .407 currently, with a .487 on base percentage and an OPS over 1.

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