July 8, 2012; Kansas City, MO, USA; USA player Billy Hamilton hits a two-run triple during the third inning of the 2012 All Star Futures Game at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-US PRESSWIRE
Cincinnati Reds general manager Walt Jocketty told reports, including Mark Sheldon of MLB.com, that he hasn’t made up his mind regarding calling up minor league shortstop Billy Hamilton when rosters expand next month, but he said it’s "probably not" going to happen.
Jocketty says that final decision not made yet on Billy Hamilton as Sept. callup, but added "probably not." More later...— Mark Sheldon (@m_sheldon) August 29, 2012
Hamilton has been listed as a potential September call up for some time, as he’s performed extremely well for Cincinnati’s high- and Double-A clubs this season.
Over eighty-two games, Hamilton hit .323/.413/.439 at the high-A level with eighteen doubles, nine triples, one home run and a whopping 104 stolen bases in 125 attempts. Once promoted to Double-A, the 21-year-old has hit .310/.429/.413 with nine extra-base hits and fifty steals in sixty-five attempts over 155 at-bats.
With his prolific stolen base totals, Hamilton broke the record for most steals in a minor league season. The previous total was 145, held by Vince Coleman.
While Hamilton may not be getting a cup of coffee with the Reds this season, he will be playing in the 2012 Arizona Fall League. According to Danny Knobler, Hamilton is listed as an outfielder, as the Reds intend him to play both shortstop and center field in Arizona.
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