The Cincinnati Reds have big plans for speedy center fielder Billy Hamilton. So big, Cincinnati let 2013 All-Star and fan favorite Shin-Soo Choo walk in free agency to open up a spot for Hamilton to play everyday. Hamilton started the season off on a slow note, but he put his next-level speed on full display Wednesday against the St. Louis Cardinals.
The sequence that had everyone in awe began when Hamilton led off the fifth inning with a single. Hamilton then stole second on Gold Glover Yadier Molina, without Molina even offering a throw:
Hamilton then advanced to third on a fly ball out. Finally, Hamilton tagged up on a shallow pop fly to right and scored with a second to spare despite a perfect strike thrown to home. Watch:
Now that’s fast. Hamilton’s speed has never been in doubt, considering that he stole over 100 bases in each of the last two seasons in the minors. The question is whether Hamilton can get on base consistently enough to be a threat at the major league level.
But if Hamilton can find his way on base, he’ll become one of the most exciting players in baseball and a must-see when he’s wrecking having on the basepaths. Just as the Cardinals witnessed first hand Wedsnesday
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