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Top Billy Hamilton News

  • Marlins' Billy Hamilton: Makes his way to majors

    Hamilton had his contract selected by the Marlins on Friday, Jordan McPherson of the Miami Herald reports.

    The speedy outfielder signed a minor-league contract with the Marlins on June 21, but he will now make his way to the big leagues after Jorge Soler (back) was placed on the 10-day injured list Friday. Hamilton has batted .213 with six RBI, 11 runs and four stolen bases in Triple-A this year.

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  • Marlins' Billy Hamilton: Latches on with Miami

    Hamilton agreed to a minor-league contract with the Marlins on Tuesday, Christina De Nicola of MLB.com reports.

    Hamilton opted out of his minor-league deal with the Mariners at the start of June, and he'll now receive a look with the Marlins. The 31-year-old struggled offensively in 22 games at the Triple-A level this season with a .186/.263/.209 slash line, five RBI and four steals. He'll provide veteran outfield depth in the minors for Miami.

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  • Mariners' Billy Hamilton: Staying with M's organization

    Hamilton elected not to opt out of his minor-league contract with the Mariners and remains part of the organization as a member of Triple-A Tacoma's roster, Tacoma broadcaster Mike Curto reports.

    Curto previously reported Saturday that Hamilton was choosing to exercise the opt-out clause in his contract, but after further consideration on the matter, the speedy outfielder will choose to stick around in Tacoma. Through his 95 plate appearances at Triple-A this season, Hamilton has produced a measly .472 OPS while going 4-for-4 on stolen-base attempts.

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  • Billy Hamilton: Elects free agency

    Hamilton opted out of his minor-league contract and became a free agent Saturday, Tacoma Rainiers broadcaster Mike Curto reports.

    Hamilton failed to earn an Opening Day roster spot with Seattle and didn't make much of a case for a promotion during his 22 games for Tacoma, hitting just .186/.263/.209. The veteran outfielder is unlikely to find a major-league deal on the open market despite his speed and defensive ability, as he's a career .240/.293/.327 hitter.

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  • Mariners' Billy Hamilton: Won't make Opening Day roster

    The Mariners reassigned Hamilton to minor-league camp Tuesday.

    Hamilton and Steven Souza were among the four players cut from big-league camp Tuesday, with both outfielders likely seeing their chances of making Seattle's Opening Day roster come to an end when the Mariners announced Monday that top prospect Julio Rodriguez would begin the season in the majors. The 31-year-old Hamilton appears set to open the season at Triple-A Tacoma, unless Seattle releases him to pursue opportunities with another organization.

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  • Mariners' Billy Hamilton: Nabs MiLB deal from Seattle

    Hamilton agreed Monday with the Mariners on a minor-league contract that includes an invitation to big-league spring training, Corey Brock of The Athletic reports.

    Hamilton will look to break camp with Seattle as a fourth or fifth outfielder, a role that would likely prevent him from making more than two starts per week when all of Jesse Winker, Jarred Kelenic and Mitch Haniger are in optimal health. Though he remains a well-below-league-average hitter, Hamilton's premium wheels and excellent range in center field can still give him some real-life value as a late-inning defensive replacement or pinch-running option.

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  • White Sox's Billy Hamilton: Delivers steal in starting role

    Hamilton went 1-for-4 with a stolen base and a run scored Sunday in the White Sox's 5-2 win over Cleveland.

    Though he'll be back on the bench for Monday's make-up game in Detroit, Hamilton could be in store for a start or two in the White Sox's remaining five games of the regular season while Chicago faces an uphill battle to surpass Houston as the No. 2 seed in the American League playoffs. With that in mind, Hamilton could be a sneaky streaming option for steals in deeper leagues this week.

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  • White Sox's Billy Hamilton: Brought back from IL

    The White Sox reinstated Hamilton (oblique) from the 10-day injured list Wednesday.

    With the roster expanding from 26 to 28 men Wednesday, the White Sox will have room to bring back Hamilton, who recently wrapped up a six-game rehab assignment at Triple-A Charlotte. While all of Eloy Jimenez, Andrew Vaughn, Luis Robert, Brian Goodwin, Gavin Sheets and Leury Garcia are healthy, the switch-hitting Hamilton is unlikely to fill even a short-side platoon role, but his elite speed and excellent defensive range in center field should make him a valuable weapon off the bench in September.

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  • White Sox's Billy Hamilton: Likely returning Wednesday

    Hamilton (oblique) is expected to be activated from the 10-day injured list Wednesday, James Fegan of The Athletic reports.

    An oblique strain has sidelined the veteran speedster since the beginning of August. With the White Sox near full health for the first time all season, Hamilton will be used as a depth outfielder and pinch runner upon his return.

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  • White Sox's Billy Hamilton: Hitless in rehab start

    Hamilton (oblique) was hitless in three plate appearances for Triple-A Charlotte on Saturday.

    Hamilton served as the Knights' designated hitter for the start of his rehab assignment. The team probably wants to see how he responds to playing in the outfield before making a decision on reinstating him.

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  • White Sox's Billy Hamilton: Begins rehab assignment

    Hamilton (oblique) will begin a rehab assignment at Triple-A Charlotte on Saturday, James Fegan of The Athletic reports.

    Hamilton has been on the injured list since Aug. 1 due to a right oblique strain, but he'll now begin the final step in his recovery process. The White Sox haven't yet announced how many rehab games the 29-year-old will appear in before he rejoins the major-league club, but he's getting closer to his return from the 10-day IL.

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  • White Sox's Billy Hamilton: Shelved with oblique injury

    The White Sox placed Hamilton on the 10-day injured list Sunday with a right oblique strain.

    The team has yet to reveal the severity of Hamilton's strain or offer a projected timeline for his return, but injuries of these sort typically necessitate more than 10 days of recovery time. Hamilton was previously sidelined for most of June with the same injury, so expect the White Sox to act conservatively with bringing him back from the IL. While Hamilton is on the shelf, Adam Engel and Leury Garcia will likely serve as the White Sox's primary reserves in the outfield.

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  • White Sox's Billy Hamilton: Two hits, stolen base in loss

    Hamilton started in center field and went 2-for-4 with a double, a run scored and a stolen base in Wednesday's 7-2 loss to the Twins.

    Hamilton's steal of third base in the third inning put him in position to score on Adam Engel's infield single. It was the eighth steal of the season for Hamilton, who is filling a part-time outfield role while Eloy Jimenez (pectoral) and Luis Robert (hip) are sidelined. Those two injured outfielders recently began rehab assignments -- Jimenez could be back next week and Robert soon after -- so the clock may be ticking on Hamilton's opportunities. White Sox manager Tony La Russa has managed to cobble together an outfield of spare parts for much of the season, but the pending returns of Jimenez and Robert should cost a roster spot for two of a group that includes Hamilton, Brian Goodwin, Gavin Sheets and Jake Burger.

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  • White Sox's Billy Hamilton: Steals base as pinch runner

    Hamilton went 1-for-1 with a stolen base, an RBI and a run scored in Tuesday's 9-5 win over the Twins.

    Hamilton entered in the seventh as a pinch runner for Gavin Sheets and ended up swiping his seventh bag of the year. He remained in the game and came up to bat in the eighth and delivered a run-scoring single to give the White Sox the lead for good at 6-5. It was the 30-year-old speedster's first hit in six games since July 7 as he's recently become more of a late-game option off the bench for manager Tony La Russa. Since returning from the 10-day injured list June 29, Hamilton is slashing .240/.240/.360 with three extra-base hits, an RBI, five runs scored, two steals and a 0:9 BB:K over 15 games. He's not putting up incredible stolen base numbers as he did in years past but he has yet to be caught in any of his seven attempts on the season so far.

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  • White Sox's Billy Hamilton: Swipes bag as fill-in

    Hamilton entered Thursday's game in the fourth inning and went 1-for-3 with a double and a stolen base in an 8-5 win over the Twins.

    The removal of third baseman Yoan Moncada (hand) from the game set off a chain reaction that included Hamilton coming off the bench to man center field, Brian Goodwin moving from center to left field, and Andrew Vaughn shifting from left to third base. This was Hamilton's most extensive activity since he was reinstated from the 10-day injured list Tuesday. The stolen base was his sixth.

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  • White Sox's Billy Hamilton: Ditches switch hitting

    Hamilton, who is a switch hitter, will hit exclusively from the right side upon his return from the injured list, Daryl Van Schouwen of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.

    Hamilton spent time on the IL with an oblique strain that bothers him only when swinging from the left side. As such, he's made the decision to bat right-handed only going forward. Hamilton entered Tuesday's game as a defensive replacement but did not get any at-bats.

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  • White Sox's Billy Hamilton: Back from IL

    The White Sox reinstated Hamilton (oblique) from the 10-day injured list Tuesday.

    Chicago placed Jake Lamb (quadriceps) on the IL in a corresponding move and also optioned Luis Gonzalez to Triple-A Charlotte, so Hamilton should reclaim his duties as the White Sox's fourth outfielder as he rejoins the active roster. Hamilton, who had been out since June 5 with a right oblique strain, has gotten on base at a lowly .247 clip over his 75 plate appearances this season, but he's gone 5-for-5 on stolen-base attempts and is a plus defender in the outfield.

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  • White Sox's Billy Hamilton: Nearly ready to return

    Hamilton (oblique) is closing in on a return to action, James Fegan of The Athletic reports.

    Hamilton has been out for over three weeks with a strained oblique. He hit a setback in mid-June but is back on track now. He's expected to hit exclusively right-handed upon his return.

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  • White Sox's Billy Hamilton: Backing off after setback

    Hamilton felt a pinch in his oblique Thursday and has backed off his rehab work, James Fegan of The Athletic reports.

    Hamilton has spent the required 10 days on the injured list while recovering from a strained right oblique, but his return no longer appears imminent. He'd advanced to swinging Thursday, but that seemed to trigger the setback. The White Sox have yet to provide an updated timeline for his return.

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Player Bio

HT/WT: 6-1, 160 lbs
Birthplace: Collins, MS
Age: 31
Experience: 8
Bats/Throws: R, R