The Reds’ Billy Hamilton talks to a teammate during a game against the Rockies on Sunday, May 21, 2017, at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati. David Jablonski/Staff

Trio of Cincinnati Reds draftees lead NL in major statistical categories

A look at the National League statistical leaders shows players the team drafted on top in three different categories.

Here’s the catch: Only one of them is still with the Reds.

That would be Billy Hamilton, whose 27 stolen bases were the most in the league through May 30.

Cincinnati’s center fielder was a second-round pick of the Reds in 2009.

That same year, they took pitcher Mike Leake with the No. 8 overall pick in the first round. Now a member of the St. Louis Cardinals, Leake’s 2.24 ERA is the best in the NL.

Meanwhile, the National League’s leading hitter is Justin Turner (.379). He was seventh round pick of the Reds in 2006. 

On the bright side, the Reds were able to get something for both when they left the organization.

In the case of Leake, that was a trade with the San Francisco Giants that brought back minor league outfielder Adam Duvall and pitching prospect Keury Mella. Duvall made the all-star team last season has 14 homers in 50 games this season.

Turner was part of a December 2008 trade that also sent Ryan Freel and Brandon Waring to the Orioles for Ramon Hernandez, an important role player on the 2010 team that won the National League Central. 

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