Monday, December 2, 2013

Billy Hamilton's 'speed' used to create 'perfect center fielder'

Billy Hamilton's debut with the Reds was nothing short of electrifying after getting promoted in September. Unfortunately, his brief stint also flew by about as fast as he does on the basepaths, leaving Reds fans excited and eager to see what is in store from Hamilton come 2014.

And despite having played center field in just seven games in his major league career thus far, the switch-hitting Mississippi native is already receiving recognition for what he has done, and what he has the potential to do in the near future.

As part of an ongoing series to build the perfect baseball player at every position, where CBS Sports' Matt Snyder takes attributes from several players to build an ultimate one, Snyder's most recent post attempted to create the ideal center fielder. And wouldn't you know it, Billy Hamilton's speed was used in the formula.

His lightning speed was seemingly already part of baseball lore before joining the majors, as Hamilton stole 155 bases in the minors in 2012. He swiped 75 bags in 90 chances in Triple-A last season before taking 13 in 14 chances in the majors in September. Though there are several other speedsters at this position, the Hamilton choice was among our easiest as he's probably the fastest player in the game today.

For the record, former Reds center fielder and current free agent Shin-Soo Choo also made the grade, as Snyder used his "plate discipline," which Reds fans can certainly attest to was very good a season ago.

Via Eye on Baseball

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