Running Away With It
Reds minor-leaguer Billy Hamilton finished the minor-league season with 155 steals. The entire minor league media, and some major media, has been on the Billy Hamilton story. Hamilton set the MiLB record with 155 steals. That stat is amazing. Before Hamilton’s 2011 season where he had 103 stolen bases, no one since 2001 had a 100 stolen base season. In 2012, as of yesterday, we have 2. One of them, Delino DeShields Jr, just happens to be in the Astros minor leagues.
DeShields stole 83 bases at Lexington in 111 games before being called up to high-Class A Lancaster of the California League. In 24 games with the JetHawks, he stole 18 bases to give him 101 on the season.
DeShields hadn’t stolen a base since taking No. 99 on the season on Saturday, getting caught stealing later in Saturday’s game. He also was caught in his only attempt on Sunday and in his first attempt on Monday, which was Lancaster’s last game of the regular season. But after drawing a walk in the seventh inning of Monday’s game at High Desert, he stole second for 100 and then stole third for No. 101.
Houston’s first-round pick in 2010 (No. 8 overall), DeShields hit .287/.389/.428 with 12 home runs overall, but struggled a bit at Lancaster, hitting .237/.336/.381 with two homers in his 97 at-bats there during the regular season. Lancaster is in the California League playoffs.