Because I never want to miss an opportunity to hype Billy Hamilton, I don’t want you to miss this piece over at MLB.com about Hamilton’s world-class defense:

It may be easy to look at Hamilton’s lack of offense and conclude that other than the speed, there’s not much to see here. But that would be overlooking one spectacularly important aspect of his game: Hamilton’s is baseball’s biggest highlight machine in the outfield. And finally, we can prove it, using our new metric Catch Probability, which you can see in action during the MLB Network broadcast of Thursday’s World Baseball Classic game between the Dominican Republic and Canada (6 p.m. ET) and throughout the rest of the Classic.

Right now, we can share that Adam Eaton and Ender Inciarte tied for the 2016 Major League lead for most Five-Star plays, with 10 apiece. But remember — Hamilton missed the final month of the year with an oblique injury, so while he finished second with nine Five-Star plays, he finished first in percentage of turning Five-Star opportunities into outs. That is, 38 percent of the time a potential Five-Star play came his way, he converted it, tops in the game, and well above the Major League average of 17 percent.

You’re really want to go over there and look at the entire piece, if only for the opportunity to watch the video of Hamilton’s five most-impressive defensive plays of the 2016 season. Unbelievable.

16 Responses

  1. sandman

    I read that article. I knew it was only a matter of time before you came across it. This is all well and good but the very little to no offense is something that’s gonna bother me for a long time. Now, speed is good with the stolen bases and the defensive runs saved and, now, this catch probability/5 star plays, but I just can’t get fully on board of a guy who’s game includes very little offense. I never have liked these types of players who’re all about speed and hardly any offense. Now, if there was a plyr that had both good offense and speed, that’d be a plyr I could appreciate. Still, even then, I’m not gonna give that or any plyr my undying love & devotion anymore. I just don’t think Hamilton is gonna be much more than a .260-ish hitter throughout his career. That’s ok, I guess, but not to the level I would like to see. Maybe, he’ll prove me wrong though and become a .280, .290+ hitter. If he does then maybe I’ll appreciate him more.

    • brmreturns

      I run saved on defense is the equivalent of a run produced on offense. He is one of (if not arguably the #1) top denfensive outfielders in the MLB.

      And BA only tells a portion of the story. If he can maintain a .325+ OBP, I don’t care how he does it.

      • sandman

        brmreturns, I ain’t gonna be able to myself, but, why don’t you or someone conduct a season long experiment for Hamilton. Here’s the experiment: Keep track of how many runs Hamilton saves and compare that to how many runs (RBI’s) he produces at the plate. See, according to your theory, Hamilton should produce the same amount of runs he “saves” or “takes away” on defense. I’m being for real here…I’d be very interested in the results and what exactly they would mean.

    • Race for LeCure

      Why do you have a vendetta against vowels in “player?”

      • I-71_Exile

        Now that BP has moved onto Atlanta, Sandman has dropped As in memorandum. No help on the E. 🙂

        Just messing with you Sandman. It stinks to lose a favorite player.

      • sandman

        I-71, Not only does it stink to lose a favorite plAyEr (lol), but I see all these articles about all these new kids and how great they’re supposed to be like they’re still trying to justify this rebuild. Everybody falling in love with these kids and they ain’t done nothing yet. A few highlight reel plays and everybody’s ready to follow them into a volcano. There are some people that REALLY love these new kids. It’s almost like people are trying to shove these new kids down my throat by passive-aggresively constantly mentioning how great they are and comparing them to the previous winning team players like they are supposed to be or are gonna be better. Some people are probably thinking that when this current group starts winning that people like me will just forget our issues. I’ll admit that I’ll be happy whenever we finally start winning but that don’t mean that I have to like who we’re winning with. If that makes me a fool, then so be it.

      • sandman

        My previous comment about being funny was not directed at you I-71.

    • sandman

      Greenmtred, he’d have to maintain that .280/.290+ BA throughout his entire career for me to begin to appreciate him. Right now, not do much.

      • Chuck Schick

        But Brandon Phillip’s career average as a Red was only .279.

      • sandman

        Chuck, Yeah, well, close enough. .260-something isn’t close enough for me.

      • sandman

        greenmtred, How’s he gonna get that kind of OBP without hits? Is he gonna suddenly develop Votto’s ability to draw walks? Maybe he can do both (eventually) I don’t know.

      • Chuck Schick

        Johnny Bench and Dave Concepcion both hit .267 for their careers. I guess they just weren’t very good.

      • sandman

        Chuck, That’s interesting…ANYWAY! Tell me, what other famous Reds hit .260 in their time with the Reds? You know, since you like to look up BA’s (Is someone gonna have a problem with me abbreviating batting average? Well, there ya go, I just spelled out the whole thing for you). I don’t doubt that Hamilton will one day be a Reds HOF’er (if he spends a significant amount of time with us) but largely bcuz everybody’s gonna dote on him til he blushes and fall in love with him (which y’all are already doing).

  2. Nate

    Noticed this in the article…27 percent — Eaton / Scott Schebler

  3. Chuck Schick

    In 2014, Hamilton scored 11.78 runs for every 100 plate appearances.

    2015: 12.33
    2016: 15.00

    As a frame of reference, Pete Rose Scored 14.65 in 1975.

    Last year, 36% of Votto’s actual RBI ( RBI-HR) were Hamilton and Billy missed 25% of the season.

    From June 1 on, the Reds were 36-38 with Hamilton and 15-21 without him.