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August 6, 2020 10:04 AM
Mets' Billy Hamilton: Swipes bag in first start
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Hamilton got the start in center field and batted ninth during Wednesday's win over the Nationals, going 0-for-4 with a stolen base.

He reached base on a fielder's choice in the fourth inning, using his speed to beat out a potential double-play ball to second base, and then promptly stole the open bag in front of him. Hamilton's defense in center, not his offensive skill set, is his calling card now, but as long as he's getting consistent playing time the 29-year-old can still make a fantasy impact in SBs.

August 4, 2020 04:00 PM
Mets' Billy Hamilton: Joining big-league roster
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Hamilton's contract will be selected by the Mets on Tuesday, Justin Toscano of The Bergen Record reports.

The expanded rosters are ideal for a player like Hamilton, who could be the best pinch runner in the league and should be a strong defensive replacement as well. With Yoenis Cespedes opting out of the season and Jake Marisnick out with a hamstring injury, there could be at-bats available in the Mets' outfield as well, though the team likely won't want to give too many to a player who owns a career .242/.297/.326 slash line.

August 2, 2020 02:04 PM
Mets' Billy Hamilton: Gets chance with Mets
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The Mets acquired Hamilton from the Giants on Sunday in exchange for pitcher Jordan Humphreys, Anthony DiComo of reports.

After attending summer camp with the Giants on a minor-league contract, Hamilton wasn't able to win a spot on the 30-man Opening Day roster. The speedy 29-year-old stuck around with the Giants at their alternate training site in Sacramento, but with a callup to San Francisco not in the cards, Hamilton was ultimately dealt to the Mets, who have a need for a defensive-minded backup center fielder after Jake Marisnick (hamstring) was recently placed on the injured list. The Mets will need to open up a spot on the 40-man roster in order to add Hamilton to the active roster.

July 23, 2020 05:56 PM
Giants' Billy Hamilton: Misses out on Opening Day roster
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Hamilton failed to win a spot on the Giants' 30-man Opening Day roster.

Hamilton was shut down earlier this month for what manager Gabe Kapler termed as "medical purposes," but the speedy outfielder passed a physical last week and was cleared for all baseball activities. Per Andrew Baggarly of The Athletic, Hamilton's absence from camp ultimately left him too far behind his fellow competitors in the outfield, prompting the Giants to omit him from the Opening Day roster. Hamilton is still included in the Giants' 60-man roster pool and could continue to work out at the team's alternate training site if he doesn't opt out of his minor-league contract, so he'll still be eligible for a callup to San Francisco at a later date.

July 16, 2020 11:00 PM
Giants' Billy Hamilton: Passes physical Thursday
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Hamilton passed his physical Thursday and is cleared for all activities, Amy Gutierrez of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.

Hamilton and Luis Madero both passed their physicals Thursday, but manager Gabe Kapler said that he will not rush either of them back for Opening Day. San Francisco may elect to ease Hamilton back to game speed by having the switch-hitting veteran serve in a platoon role with Mauricio Dubon. The center fielder recorded just a .184 batting average against southpaws last season, compared to a .235/.293/.282 slash line against right-handers.

July 9, 2020 08:56 PM
Giants' Billy Hamilton: Moves to IL
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The Giants are placing Hamilton on the 10-day injured list Thursday for medical purposes, Kerry Crowley of The San Jose Mercury News reports.

Manager Gabe Kapler said that Hamilton and Jarlin Garcia are on the injured list for medical purposes, and the Giants wouldn't legally be allowed to say whether it's related to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Whether his absence will impact Hamilton's availability for the start of the regular season remains to be seen.

June 28, 2020 03:44 PM
Giants' Billy Hamilton: Sticks with Giants on new deal
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Hamilton was released and subsequently re-signed to a minor-league deal by the Giants on Sunday, and he will be present for the start of spring training 2.0, Alex Pavlovic of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.

Pablo Sandoval (elbow), Trevor Cahill and Yolmer Sanchez went through similar procedures, potentially to eliminate the opt-out clauses in their previous deals. None of the four players are on the 40-man roster but all remain candidates for the season-opening 30-man roster. Hamilton could end up starting in center field, though Jaylin Davis and Mauricio Dubon are also in the mix.

March 26, 2020 10:04 PM
Giants' Billy Hamilton: May earn roster spot
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Hamilton could earn a roster spot in the Giants' outfield, Alex Pavlovic of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.

Hamilton recorded only four at-bats in Cactus League action, but his defensive experience could earn him a roster spot. Without Hamilton, the team would likely rely on Jaylin Davis and Mauricio Dubon to man center field. Considering both are relatively untested at the big-league level, and Dubon is only beginning his transition to the outfield, Hamilton may present the safest option to begin the season for the Giants.

February 8, 2020 01:28 AM
Giants' Billy Hamilton: Joining Giants' camp
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Hamilton signed with the Giants as a non-roster invitee Friday.

Hamilton's speed is elite and brought him four consecutive seasons with at least 56 steals from 2014 to 2017, but his bat just hasn't developed, limiting his opportunities to run in recent seasons. In 119 games for the Royals and Braves last season, he stole a comparably low 22 bases, as his anemic .218/.289/.275 slash line limited his opportunities at the plate. Heading into his age-29 season, it would be a surprise if his bat suddenly became good enough for him to deserve an everyday role, but he could still run often enough to matter to fantasy owners if he winds up with a part-time job.

October 31, 2019 10:08 PM
Billy Hamilton: Option declined
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The Braves' declined Hamilton's $7.5 million option Thursday, making him a free agent, Jon Heyman of MLB Network reports.

Hamilton is a great defensive center fielder and one of the best base stealers of his generation, but he has a career 67 wRC+ and logged a career-low 50 wRC+ last season. He should catch on elsewhere with an invitation to big-league camp.

September 28, 2019 03:24 PM
Braves' Billy Hamilton: Starting Saturday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Hamilton (thumb) will bat eighth and play center field Saturday against the Mets.

Hamilton left Friday's game with a thumb injury after stealing a base, but the issue was evidently a very minor one, as he won't miss any games. He's been the primary center fielder for the last few games but will likely revert to the bench sparkplug role that suits him best if Ronald Acuna returns from a hip injury as expected for the start of the playoffs.

September 27, 2019 10:40 PM
Braves' Billy Hamilton: Expected to be fine
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Hamilton injured his right thumb on a slide during Friday's game against the Mets, but he's expected to be OK, Gabe Burns of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

Hamilton reportedly hooked his thumb on a slide into second base, and per Burns, he could've stayed in the contest if needed. He'll be considered day-to-day moving forward.

September 27, 2019 09:24 PM
Braves' Billy Hamilton: Departs after stolen base
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Hamilton left Friday's game against the Mets after suffering an apparent injury, 680 The Fan Atlanta reports.

Hamilton appeared to suffer the injury on a stolen base in the fourth inning, and he was removed in the fifth. He was replaced in center field by Rafael Ortega.

September 22, 2019 11:28 AM
Braves' Billy Hamilton: Starting in second straight
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Hamilton is in the lineup for Sunday's game against the Giants.

Hamilton has played sparingly since joining the Braves, but he will start Sunday for the second day in a row with manager Brian Snitker giving his regular some rest in advance of the postseason. Hamilton will man center field and hit eighth against Giants starter Logan Webb.

August 28, 2019 09:36 AM
Braves' Billy Hamilton: Reaches base four times in loss
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Hamilton went 2-for-2 with two walks and a stolen base in Tuesday's loss to the Blue Jays.

Making his first start for Atlanta and hitting ninth in an AL park, the speedster did everything he could to provide his new club with an offensive spark, but the top four hitters in the order went a combined 2-for-18 and failed to bring him around to score. Hamilton will primary remain a pinch-running option and late-inning defensive replacement for Atlanta, and with 21 steals on the year he may not see enough playing time to reach 30 for the sixth straight campaign.

August 19, 2019 08:24 PM
Royals' Billy Hamilton: Claimed by Braves
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Hamilton was claimed off waivers by the Braves on Monday.

With Austin Riley (knee), Ender Inciarte (hamstring) and Nick Markakis (wrist) all on the 10-day injured list, the Braves could really use some outfield depth. Hamilton will primarily be used as a pinch runner and late-inning defensive replacement -- he represents a significant defensive upgrade over Adam Duvall and Matt Joyce, for instance. He hit .211 with zero home runs and 18 steals in 93 games before the Royals designated him for assignment.

August 17, 2019 02:32 PM
Royals' Billy Hamilton: Removed from 40-man roster
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Hamilton was designated for assignment by the Royals on Friday.

Hamilton joined the Royals on a one-year deal in December and went on to post the worst numbers of his career with a .211/.275/.269 slash line and 18 stolen bases in 93 games. The 28-year-old has made only nine starts and 15 total appearances since the All-Star break, a stretch in which he went 4-for-31 with 12 strikeouts. Brett Phillips was recalled from Triple-A Omaha in a corresponding move.

July 19, 2019 12:32 AM
Royals' Billy Hamilton: Swipes base, drives in two
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Hamilton went 2-for-4 with a double, two RBI and a stolen base Thursday against the White Sox.

Hamilton drew a rare start and took advantage, recording his first multi-hit game since June 23. He also stole his 17th base of the season, breaking a string of 15 consecutive appearances without a stolen base. Clearly the fourth outfielder for the Royals, Hamilton is appealing solely for his occasional stolen base production.

July 7, 2019 12:36 PM
Royals' Billy Hamilton: Looks like fourth outfielder
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Hamilton is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Nationals.

Hamilton will head to the bench for the fourth straight contest, and at this point, it looks safe to conclude that the speedster has surrendered his everyday center-field job to Whit Merrifield. While his plus defense and elite baserunning should allow Hamilton to earn regular work off the bench, the lack of steady at-bats will likely inhibit his ability to consistently rack up stolen bases.

July 6, 2019 03:00 PM
Royals' Billy Hamilton: On bench again
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Hamilton is not starting Saturday against the Nationals.

Hamilton will sit out his third consecutive contest. He's been squeezed out of playing time due to the Royals losing the designated hitter during their series in a National League park. Whit Merrifield will draw the start in center field while Jorge Soler will man right field.

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vs Syndergaard (Career)920 .222.222.222
vs RHP213500 .293 .282 .235
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