In case you haven't heard, the Reds aren't very good this year. Even though the big draw of Cueto is gone, and you're pretty much guaranteed to watch a rookie starter every night out, the Reds still have some draws to bring fans to the ballpark. Of course, you still have some offensive forces in Jay Bruce and Joey Votto. You still have the tantalizing defense of a Brandon Phillips. For my money, though, I'm coming to the ballpark to see Billy Hamilton.
Billy still has his share of issues getting on base, which has been dissected time and time again, but the fun thing about watching Billy is how he doesn't need to get on base to impact the game.
After being robbed of the Gold Glove last year, Billy seems poised to get the defensive recognition he deserves this year.
Since this is Red Reporter, we're obliged to mention the defensive stats, and those like Billy too. He's on pace to have his strongest average UZR year, and his defense has outweighed his struggling offense to make him worth 2.1 fWAR so far in 2015, which is on pace to be just as good as his year last year.
Although, let's also look at what makes Billy fun to watch that WAR doesn't take into account.
Complete disruption on the basepaths. The thing that makes Billy so fun to watch is that you never really know what he'll do next. It's not even all of what he's doing, as much as what he's capable of. I've never seen an opposing defender make as many mistakes as the Reds' opponents do when Hamilton gets on base.
Even when it comes to the distractions, though, look at what Billy is capable of:
Dude. That's just not fair.
The opposition knows what Billy's going to do there. They even pitch out to catch him in the act, but no dice. Billy takes the bag.
Billy Hamilton. The current best thing to watch about the Reds.
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