Billy Hamilton Steals Second, Third, then Home…Because He Can (Video)
Cincinnati Reds center fielder Billy Hamilton came to the Major Leagues with some pretty high expectations. The kid stole 155 bases in the minors in 2012, breaking Vince Coleman‘s Minor League record by 10 and eclipsing Rickey Henderson‘s Major League record by 25.
Unfortunately, his rookie season in 2014 was a little bit of a letdown. His on-base percentage was a terrible .292, which is why he “only” stole 56 bases. And the worst part is that he also got caught a Major League-leading 23 times for a success rate of .708…which is bad.
This year, Hamilton’s ability to get on base has actually gotten worse. His .264 OBP is really, truly terrible. However, once he’s actually reached base, Hamilton has been much more efficient. Heading into Monday night’s contest against the Phillies, the speedster had a league-best 23 stolen bases, with a success rate of .862…which is excellent. And in the bottom of the second of that game against Philly, Hamilton gave us all a glimpse of his game-changing potential when he stole second, third, and then home.
Take a look:
Of course, they later changed the official scoring and ruled the steal of home a fielder’s choice. But you still get the idea. There aren’t many guys in the league who can turn a two-out single into a run.
If Hamilton ever figures out how to get on base at a better clip, he’ll be one of the most dangerous offensive players in baseball.
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