Sunday, May 20, 2012

Video of speedy prospect Billy Hamilton

I found this video of Single-A Bakersfield shortstop Billy Hamilton on YouTube this morning and thought I'd share. The clip was shot and uploaded by @SoCalSteve9 before the Blaze's May 12th came against the Inland Empire 66ers (Single-A affiliate of LA Angels).

The speedster is shown fielding some grounders and taking batting practice (from both sides of the plate) in warm-ups, as well as picking up a couple of hits during the game. As you can easily see from the footage, the switch-hitting prospect is electrifying and many Reds fan can't wait to see him in Cincinnati one day.

But for now the 21-year old is currently hitting .314 with 16 extra base hits, 36 runs scored, and 40 stolen bases in Bakersfield. One area he needs to strive for improvement on is his defense. He's already committed 11 errors through just 36 games (.936 FLD%) -- this after botching 39 plays (.932 FLD%) in 2011.

There's been some talk that the club may decide to move him to the outfield as he works his way up the minor league system. The move to extend Brandon Phillips' contract for six more years blocks the possibility of Hamilton playing 2B anytime soon, and Zack Cozart's emergence at shortstop looks to limit Hamilton's chances there too. We'll see how things pan out, but it's safe to assume that the Reds will find a place on the field for this young man if he continues to excel like he has.


Anonymous said...

The offensive numbers are attractive, but even taking grounders in this video, he is not fundamentally sound on defense... He is not blocking the ball with his body, and only playing the ball with his glove.

Anonymous said...

Yea, not the slickest defensive infielder, but like the article points out, a move to the outfield could be on the works. Speed, speed, speed.