A popular pick for National League Rookie of the Year, speedy center fielder Billy Hamilton has not started the 2014 season off the way he would have liked to for the Cincinnati Reds.
Truth be told, Hamilton’s first week has been an unmitigated disaster: zero hits, six strikeouts, and one walk in 13 plate appearances. And while Hamilton did not start on Friday, he did finally get the chance to hurt the opposing team with his speed when he was inserted as a pinch runner late in the game.
The result? One caught stealing and a jammed finger that made Hamilton a late scratch from the lineup for Saturday’s game against the New York Mets.
— Mark Sheldon (@m_sheldon) April 5, 2014
Hamilton said he jammed a finger on his left hand in last night’s game and is day to day
— Joe Lemire (@LemireJoe) April 5, 2014
Baseball fans everywhere are anxious to see how much of an impact Hamilton and his elite speed will have for the Reds this season. Unfortunately his struggles to get on base left us waiting during the first week of the year, and now it is a finger injury. Once he does return Hamilton will have to answer for the concerns about his offense, namely the fact that he needs to prove he can get on base at the big league level.