Billy Hamilton Steals Record From Vince Coleman

Billy Hamilton minor league record for stolen basesVince Coleman, who would go on to be an All-Star for the St. Louis Cardinals, stole 145 bases in 1983 for the Macon (GA) Cardinals, setting what many thought was an unattainable record.

But, don't tell that to Cincinnati Reds farmhand Billy Hamilton.

Hamilton, a 21-year-old shortstop, stole four bases Tuesday night, bringing his 2012 total to 147, as his Pensacola Blue Wahoos lost to the Montgomery Biscuits.

Hamilton now owns the minor league single-season record for stolen bases.

Hamilton began his memorable year by pilfering 104 bags, in 82 games at Class-A Bakersfield, before being promoted.  He has since swiped 43 bases in 39 games,at Double-A Pensacola, getting thrown out a total 33 times.

In addition, the switch-hitter is hitting .319 for the season, while drawing 80 walks.

Hamilton is a native of Taylorsville, Mississippi, the home of Snacks Burger Shack, the Huddle House and the Catfish Cabin. He turned down a football scholarship to Mississippi State, instead signing with the Reds as a second round draft choice.

Look for Hamilton to be lurking in the Reds' dugout during the September stretch run, especially whenever Cincinnati needs a pinch runner.