Reds send top prospect Billy Hamilton to minors

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Billy Hamilton was never really in the mix for Opening Day job because he’s 22 years old and has just 50 career games above Single-A, but today the Reds made it official by reassigning the fastest man in baseball to minor league camp.

Hamilton has made the transition from shortstop to center field, but has yet to play the outfield in an actual minor league game. So he’ll get some work in at Triple-A while Shin-Soo Choo provides a short-term stop gap at the position.

Hamilton hit .311 with a .410 on-base percentage in 132 games between high Single-A and Double-A last season, setting the all-time record with a ridiculous 155 stolen bases.