Reds Center Fielder Billy Hamilton Makes Leaping, Game-Saving Catch Against the Wall (Video)
At this point, every baseball fan has heard about the base-stealing and base-running prowess of the Cincinnati Reds’ Billy Hamilton. In 2012, the 23-year-old set the professional (though not the Major League) record for bases stolen in a season, surpassing the 145 bags swiped by Vince Coleman for the single-A Macon Redbirds in 1983. And when the Reds called him up last September for their stretch run, he made an immediate impact as a pinch runner.
Unfortunately, Hamilton’s first full season in the Bigs hasn’t been quite as successful. When he gets on base he’s an offence catalyst. However, though he’s improved steadily throughout the year, he still isn’t getting on base enough to make a huge impact.
That being said, Hamilton has used his blazing speed played a pretty good center field. And last night in Pittsburgh, he once again reminded everyone of his potential when he tracked down a deep fly ball and made a fantastic leaping catch up against the wall.
Take a look:
The Reds eventually lost to the Pirates 4-3 in 12 innings, but they wouldn’t have even made it to extra innings if Hamilton hadn’t come up with that one. So you’ve got to tip your hat.