Record-setting base stealer steps up with Reds

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Associated Press

Posted on January 24, 2013 at 9:06 PM

CINCINNATI (AP) — Billy Hamilton is ready to show the major leagues that he can steal a base anywhere.

The Reds invited the 22-year-old outfielder to spring training, giving him a chance to see firsthand what it's like to take off running with a major league pitcher and catcher trying to keep him from taking the next base.

Hamilton set a professional record with 155 steals last season, which he split between Class A and Double-A. The Reds plan to start him at Triple-A Louisville this season, giving him time to develop his bunting and his new position of center field.

First, he'll get a chance to attend camp in Arizona as a non-roster invitee, providing an opportunity to see if big leaguers really are all that much better at cutting down runners.

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