Billy Hamilton Sets The Stolen Base Record

Fittingly, Billy Hamilton speedily eclipsed Vince Coleman tonight.

In the first game of a doubleheader against Montgomery, the Reds shortstop prospect stole four bases to surpass Coleman's single-season minor league record. Hamilton now has 147 steals, two more than Coleman. Hamilton's 147 steals are a record for any professional league. Rickey Henderson holds the Major League record with 130 steals.

Hamilton led off the bottom of the first by walking. He took off for second base as Biscuits pitcher Kyle Lobstein tried to pick him off. Lobstein's throw was wide of the mark, allowing Hamilton to reach second on the error. He then stole third for his 144th steal. Hamilton's next at-bat came with two outs in the third. He singled to right field, then quickly stole second and third before Ryan LaMarre struck out. When Hamilton swiped the record-breaking base, he quickly called time before breaking out in a large grin. Grounds crew quickly exchanged the batting helmet he was wearing and the base he stole to set them aside.

Hamilton added another steal in the eighth inning. With 43 steals since his promotion to Double-A Pensacola, he now leads all of Double-A in steals. With 104 steals for high Class A Pensacola before his promotion, he also leads all Class A players. In the second game of the doubleheader, Hamilton was held without a steal.

 

With 252 steals, Hamilton also has the most steals in back-to-back minor league seasons. Hamilton is one of three players to have two 100+ steal seasons in the minors. The year after Coleman stole 145 bases in low Class A Macon, he stole 101 bags with Triple-A Louisville. Donnell Nixon, whose 144 steals with high Class A Bakersfield in 1983 is now the third best minor league total, stole 102 bags with Double-A Chattanooga in 1984.

The year Coleman set the record, he missed 30 games with a broken hand. But because he set the record so quickly, Hamilton isn't far off of Coleman's per game pace either. Hamilton broke the record in his 120st game of the season. Coleman played 113 games in 1983.

Here's a look at the offensive numbers of the top 10 minor league single-season stolen base leaders.

Player Year Team Age G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BA OBP SLG
Billy Hamilton 2012

Bakersfield/

Pensacola

21 120 469 105 149 21 14 2 44 147 33 .318 .415 .435
Vince Coleman 1983 Macon 21 113 446 99 156 8 7 0 53 145 31 .350 .431 .399
Donnell Nixon 1983 Bakersfield 21 135 542 116 174 27 4 4 51 144 24 .321 .391 .408
James Johnston 1913 San Francisco 24 201 749 111 228 34 4 2   124   .304   .368
Jeff Stone 1981 Spartanburg 20 134 516 108 143 13 9 3 53 123 13 .277 .368 .355
Alan Wiggins 1980 Lodi 22 135 513 108 148 10 5 0 35 120 25 .288 .390 .327
Allan Lewis 1966 Leesburg 24 131 542 92 156 11 5 0 33 116   .288   .327
Ralph Myers 1912 Spokane 25 159 630 122 205 29 4 0   115   .326   .384
Ovid Nicholson 1912 Frankfort 23 123 506 128 178 23 8 4   111   .352   .453
Marcus Lawton 1985 Columbia 20 141 567 118 158 22 16 4 66 111 11 .279 .390 .395
Chris Morris 2001 Peoria 21 134 480 89 141 11 9 2 39 111 24 .294 .398 .367

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