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Wednesday, February 24, 2016

FANTASY BASEBALL NEWS: BILLY HAMILTON TO REMAIN REDS LEADOFF HITTER

Cincinnati Reds manager Bryan Price reiterated on Wednesday that Billy Hamilton will be the team's leadoff batter in 2016 despite the fact his OBP sank under the .300 mark last season.  Hamilton currently is being held from some spring activities due to shoulder trouble that goes back to last season but Price maintains faith in him as the catalyst in the leadoff spot. 

Analysis:  Very surprising, although the Reds have nothing to play for as they are in clear rebuild mode.  Hamilton is a hacker in a speedster's body who seems allergic to talks.  Just think how many bases Hamilton could steal if he ever found a modicum of discipline.  Be that as it may, Hamilton could challenge Dee Gordon for the most steals in baseball this season and is a safe bet to go over 50 which is a huge number.  However his average is a major liability and Hamilton doesn't move the needle anywhere else which makes him the definition of a specialist. 

 

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