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What Can Billy Hamilton Do in 13.8 Seconds?

Thanks to Dustin Parkes of The Score for finding video of Cincinnati prospect Billy Hamilton circling the bases on an inside-the-park home run in 13.8 seconds, pretty much the same amount of time it takes for Prince Fielder to make it out of the batter’s box after hitting a ground ball to the right side.

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SB Nation’s Brian Floyd lists a few juicy tidbits about the young roadrunner, who plays for the Pensacola Blue Wahoos, the Reds’ Double-A affiliate:

  • He has 109 stolen bases in 87 games. The single-season record for organized baseball is 145, set in 1983. With 48 games left in the minor league season, that record is certainly in his sights.

  • Before he was promoted to AA Pensacola, Hamilton had 109 hits and 104 stolen bases. The number is now 113 hits to 109 stolen bases.

  • He has more stolen bases than any major league team. The Marlins are the closest with 86.

  • A left fielder lost a ball in the lights once. Hamilton made the catch for him … on the warning track in left.

  • Hamilton tagged from third and scored on popouts twice (at least). Once on a pop-up to the second baseman, another time on one to the shortstop.

  • He’s scored from third on a dropped third-strike and a roller to the pitcher this year.

  • In his AA debut, he stole second on a pitchout. In high school, Hamilton tagged up and scored from second on a flyout to left field.

  • Hamilton was recruited by Mississippi State as a wide receiver before being lured away by his Reds’ signing bonus. So yes, he does have bonafide SEC speed.

  • He has a career-best .411 OBP so far this year, walking in 12.8% of his plate appearances.

  • He made Eric Davis — who is apparently just hanging out in the Pensacola Wahoos’ dugout this summer whilst wearing a Reds jersey — cluck his teeth and shake his head in awe. This is the same Eric Davis who stole 80 bags in 1986.

  • Instead of traveling with the team, Hamilton sprints from city to city and always beats the bus (may not be true).

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Jason Epstein is the president of Southfive Strategies, LLC. He was a public-relations consultant for the Turkish embassy in Washington from 2002 to 2007.

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