Wednesday, August 15, 2012
ESPN's SweetSpot features Billy Hamilton
I thought long and hard on how to properly describe the speed possessed by Reds prospect Billy Hamilton, but I couldn't find all of the words to do it justice. So, I've decided to use the following quote from the movie The Longest Yard to help do it for me: "He's fast. He's really, really fast. I mean, he's so fast, he makes fast people look not so fast."
Yes, the 21-year old is lightning fast indeed. And as he creeps ever closer to the all-time, single season stolen base record of 145 set by Vince Coleman in 1983, the talking heads are beginning to take the utmost notice.
The switch-hitting shortstop entered play on Tuesday sporting a slash line of .315/.412/.431 with 41 RBI, 35 extra base hits, 103 runs scored and a whopping 139 stolen bases. Barring injury, he's pretty much a lock to shatter the stolen base record and cement his name into baseball's record book. After that, a September call-up to the big leagues may be in order for the Taylorsville, Mississippi native.
If you've got some time, I would highly recommend reading this piece by ESPN.com's Jerry Crasnick featuring Cincinnati's electrifying top prospect. It's worth it, folks.