A couple weeks ago, we were wondering whether Billy Hamilton could have 100 steals before the Futures Game, coming up this Sunday. Turns out, he made it with time to spare. Hamilton entered Monday's game for high Class A Bakersfield against Lake Elsinore with 98 steals. He walked and stole second in the fifth for No. 99, and No. 100 came three innings later after a single and then another steal of second (Box Score).
We've chronicled Hamilton's pursuit of Vince Coleman's minor-league steals record of 145, set in 1983. With Hamilton owning 100 steals through Bakersfield's first 81 games, he remains on track to blow past Coleman's mark. Hamilton, who went 1-for-3 in Monday's game and is hitting .327/.417/.447, is officially 100-for-121 stealing on the year. There are plenty of amazing numbers to choose from regarding Hamilton, but we'll try this for now: his 100 steals as an individual surpass the totals for all but 14 of the other 119 full-season minor league teams (excluding Bakersfield).