Playing for the double-A Pensacola (Fla.) Blue Wahoos of the Southern League, Hamilton reportedly completed his diamond run against Jacksonville in a staggering time of just 13.8 seconds -- and he didn't even have to slide into home. That's faster than the 14.3 seconds it took the Angels' Peter Bourjos to sprint out his inside-the-park home run against the Minnesota Twins in April.
As our Steve Dilbeck reported in his Saturday feature on Hamilton, the 21-year-old is on pace to steal 163 bases, which would shatter the baseball record of 145 set by Vince Coleman in 1983. Heading into Monday, the shortstop has 109 stolen bases in 87 games.
Of course, none of this comes as a surprise to those who saw Hamilton play with Class-A Bakersfield of the California League earlier this season. Bakersfield Blaze Manager Ken Griffey Sr. says Hamilton's abilities make him a standout on the basepaths -- and a major headache for a team's defense.
"As soon as he gets on base, there's so much pressure put on the defense," Griffey said. "He causes so many things to happen. Everybody's tensed up. Even the crowd gets into it, home or away, because they know he's going to run, just not when."