Cincinnati Reds: Billy Hamilton Still Needs To Prove Himself

By Coop Ledford
Rob Leifheit-USA TODAY Sports

Tonight the Cincinnati Reds will play their series finale against Major League Baseball‘s worst team, the Houston Astros. The Reds will be looking to complete the sweep of their former National League Central Division rivals, and while doing so, for the first time in his career, Billy Hamilton will start.

Tonight Hamilton will hit 9th and play center field. Shin-Soo Choo is the usual center fielder, but tonight he will play left field, interestingly enough. Hamilton, as I mentioned, has not started a game yet, and it will be good for him to do so. So far, Hamilton has only had three at-bats, and he is still in search of his fist Major League base hit.

Billy Hamilton has looked impressive so far, well, when it comes to base running. He has five stolen bases and has not been caught stealing yet, and he has also scored four runs. Hamilton is still trying to prove himself. The Reds have not yet said if he will be included on their postseason roster, so if he does well tonight, then he’ll prove a lot, simply because he will do everything: he’ll bat, he’ll throw, he’ll catch, etc.

Billy Hamilton’s Triple-A hitting stats were pretty solid, but not all that impressive, honestly. He has a lot of talent, and he needs to show Reds’ coaches and Reds’ fans all of it. He needs to prove to all of us that he is good enough to be a Major League Baseball player and good enough to start consistently for the Cincinnati Reds as they make a push for the NL Central title.

Coop Ledford is a Cincinnati Reds writer for Follow him on Twitter @CoopLed.

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