Is it finally Billy Hamilton time?
August, 30, 2013
By Joe Kaiser | ESPN.com
If you play fantasy baseball, you know the name Billy Hamilton. There's not a player in the game today with one tool greater than Hamilton's, and for the speedy Cincinnati farmhand that tool is speed.
In 2012, Hamilton broke Vince Coleman's minor league record for steals in a season with a ridiculous 165. And in his first taste of Triple-A this season, he tacked on 75 in 122 games. With the major league rosters expanding on Sunday, Hamilton is one player expected to get the call, and if he does it'll be a moment savvy fantasy owners have been anticipating for a long time.
Here's more from Baseball America's Jim Callis, who lists Hamilton No. 4 in the updated fantasy prospect rankings today.
Jim CallisHamilton could hit the ground running in September
"Hamilton matched his longest stolen-base drought of the season by going from Friday through Wednesday without one, but he swiped two bags Thursday night. He now has 75 and likely will finish second in the minors -- Chicago White Sox second baseman Micah Johnson has 83 steals -- after topping the minors the previous two years. Hamilton hasn't had a great year with the bat, but he can help the Reds with his blazing speed and his defense in center field. Cincinnati is battling for the National League Central title and could use him liberally as a pinch runner. Double-digit steals in 2013 aren't out of the question."