• Full name Billy R. Hamilton
  • Born 09/09/1990 in Taylorsville, MS
  • Profile Ht.: 6'0" / Wt.: 160 / Bats: S / Throws: R
  • School Taylorsville
  • Debut 09/03/2013
  • Drafted in the 2nd round (57th overall) by the Cincinnati Reds in 2009 (signed for $623,600).
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    Hamilton, like many Mississippi prep products, remains raw, as he's never played baseball full-time and needs to face better competition. Hamilton ranks among the fastest players in the draft, a true 70 runner on the 20-80 scale. Hamilton also is among the lightest players, if not the lightest being considered in the first five rounds, checking in at around 150 pounds. One evaluator said he resembles Brewers utilityman Bill Hall at a similar stage of development. Hamilton lacks present strength in his wispy frame, and some teams will walk away from a player whose present bat is short. Hamilton's swing is fairly sound, though, and he's learning to bat lefthanded as well to take advantage of his speed. He has outstanding arm strength, reaching 94 mph off the mound, and might be able to remain a shortstop; if not he'll stay in the middle of the diamond in center field. He's a Mississippi State football recruit, but scouts still consider him signable.

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Best Tools List

  • Rated Fastest Baserunner in the National League in 2014
  • Rated Best Baserunner in the National League in 2014
  • Rated Best Athlete in the Cincinnati Reds in 2014
  • Rated Fastest Baserunner in the Cincinnati Reds in 2014
  • Rated Best Athlete in the Cincinnati Reds in 2013
  • Rated Fastest Baserunner in the Cincinnati Reds in 2013
  • Rated Most Exciting Player in the Southern League in 2012
  • Rated Fastest Baserunner in the Southern League in 2012
  • Rated Best Baserunner in the Southern League in 2012
  • Rated Most Exciting Player in the California League in 2012
  • Rated Fastest Baserunner in the California League in 2012
  • Rated Best Baserunner in the California League in 2012
  • Rated Best Athlete in the Cincinnati Reds in 2012
  • Rated Fastest Baserunner in the Cincinnati Reds in 2012
  • Rated Fastest Baserunner in the Midwest League in 2011
  • Rated Best Baserunner in the Midwest League in 2011
  • Rated Best Athlete in the Cincinnati Reds in 2011
  • Rated Fastest Baserunner in the Cincinnati Reds in 2011

Scouting Reports

Career Transactions

  • Charros de Jalisco signed free agent CF Billy Hamilton.
  • Olmecas de Tabasco released CF Billy Hamilton.
  • CF Billy Hamilton assigned to Olmecas de Tabasco.
  • Charlotte Knights placed CF Billy Hamilton on the 7-day injured list retroactive to July 18, 2023.
  • Chicago White Sox sent CF Billy Hamilton outright to Charlotte Knights.
  • Chicago White Sox sent CF Billy Hamilton outright to Charlotte Knights.
  • Chicago White Sox sent CF Billy Hamilton on a rehab assignment to Charlotte Knights.
  • Chicago White Sox placed CF Billy Hamilton on the 10-day injured list retroactive to May 7, 2023. Left hamstring strain.
  • Chicago White Sox selected the contract of CF Billy Hamilton from Charlotte Knights.
  • Chicago White Sox selected the contract of CF Billy Hamilton from Charlotte Knights.
  • CF Billy Hamilton and assigned to Charlotte Knights.

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