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The legend of minor-league speed demon Billy Hamilton -- in the Reds' farm system -- is growing. He was in the Futures Game last week in Kansas City and he's already into triple digits in stolen bases this season.
Sunday, he hit an inside-the-park home run, and he tore around those bases. Here's the video evidence, courtesy of MiLB.com:
According to Baseball Prospectus' Larry Granillo, who tracks such things on his Tater Trot Tracker at BP, Hamilton rounded the bases in 13.8 seconds. It's the fastest he's ever timed a player circling the bases. Granillo has been timing all home runs, outside- and inside-the-park varieties, since 2010. Previously the fastest home run he'd timed was 14.02 by the Angels' Peter Bourjos in April 2011. At the time, he wrote:
I don't know exactly what the theoretical limit to a 360-foot home run trot is, but I have to imagine we're pushing it pretty close with this Bourjos "single". We'll just have to hope that someone even faster than Peter Bourjos gets himself into a similar situation and runs it out with full effort. I'm not sure someone like that exists, but I would've said the same thing about Angel Pagan just two days ago. That's why we watch the trots.
So how'd Granillo respond to Hamilton's trip around the bases?
Billy Hamilton, minor league Albert Einstein of speed, hit an inside-the-park HR today. 13.8 secs on the trot. I'm speechless (h/t @ctrent)— Tater Trot Tracker (@TaterTrotTrkr) July 16, 2012
What's also amazing is that Hamilton just cruised into home. It'd be interesting if he had to bust it into home. Also, note in the dugout is Reds legend Eric Davis, a pretty fast man in his day, shaking his head in disbelief.