Reds’ Billy Hamilton’s Speed Hits A “Slump”

Billy Hamilton hasn't stolen a base in three games.

For anyone else, that may seem pretty routine, but for Hamilton it is the longest stolen base drought of the season, equaled only by a similar three-game drought in mid-May.

Hamilton's bat has had no problems making the adjustment to Double-A. Since his promotion, Hamilton is hitting .333/.458/.513 including five hits in his last eight at-bats. But he's been slowed on the basepaths for the first time all season. Hamilton is average 1.2 steals per game for the season. Since his promotion to Double-A, he's stolen eight bases in 12 games and he's been thrown out in three of his last five attempts.

Tonight would appear to be a good night to end his slump, the Huntsville Stars, Pensacola's opponent, is second worst in the league in throwing out basestealers (25 percent) and is second worst in the league in number of steals allowed (108).