Billy Hamilton joins Giants on AAA deal


The San Francisco Giants have struck a deal to sign speedster Billy Hamilton, it's a minor league deal but includes a Spring Training invite. Hamilton was first drafted by the Reds in the 2009 June Amateur draft from Taylorsville High School in Mississippi. He hasn't really been all that keen with his bat, hitting just .242 in his career with 21 home runs and 176 RBIs, but has known to rule the base paths. In just 7 years of a career in the majors he has 299 stolen bases and has only been thrown out 69 times. He has 101 doubles in his career to go with 36 triples. He signed with the Royals at the beginning of free agency last year and then the Braves swooped him up off waivers for the final month of the season.


The 29 year old leads base running runs since 2013 with 60.4 which is 809 games and the next player on the list is Mike Trout at 43.3 and has played 1020 games. He once stole 50 or more bases in 4 consecutive seasons 2014-2017 and was thrown out just 52 times in that span.


Hamilton will join a crowded outfield but will look for a job as a defensive replacement or pinch runner role.

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