Stats prove Hamilton is baseball’s fastest player

The Reds' Billy Hamilton steals third base against the Giants on Sunday, May 7, 2017, at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati. David Jablonski/Staff
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The Reds' Billy Hamilton steals third base against the Giants on Sunday, May 7, 2017, at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati. David Jablonski/Staff

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Sprint speed metric shows just how fast Reds center fielder is

Major League Baseball’s data proves what every Cincinnati Reds fan has long suspected: center fielder Billy Hamilton is the fastest baserunner in the game.

According to the latest numbers provided by MLB Statcast, Hamilton hit a top speed of 30.1 feet per second on the basepaths this season. Minnesota Twins center fielder Byron Buxton ranked second with a speed of 29.9.

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Statcast introduced the sprint speed metric in April. It answers the question: "How many feet per second did a player run in his fastest one-second window?"

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Jose Peraza (28.3) is the second-fastest Red. Scott Schebler ranked third among Reds (28.2).

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