MLB Futures Game 2012: Billy Hamilton Causes Three-Base Error For Kolten Wong

I won't deny it: Even though the St. Louis Cardinals brought two of their top prospects to the 2012 MLB Futures Game, the main attraction for me was Cincinnati Reds shortstop Billy Hamilton, the USA team's leadoff man and the most dangerous baserunner in baseball. Hamilton has 100 stolen bases already down in the minors, and a trophy case of wild baserunning feats to go with it. So after his third-inning triple in the third inning of the Futures Game, it was perhaps reasonable for the World team to be focused on him. But that focus led directly to a three-base error when it came time to pitch to Cardinals prospect Kolten Wong.

↵

With Hamilton's triple still on everyone's mind, No. 2 batter Wong dribbled a grounder to the pitcher that should have been an easy out. Instead, the pitcher turned to look Hamilton back at third base--on a routine grounder to the pitcher--and threw the ball away down the first-base line. Wong, himself faster-than-average, sprinted to third to take Hamilton's place.

↵

For the most part I'm not convinced by attempts to rehabilitate the stolen base by overemphasizing the distraction it poses by pitchers, but in the third inning of the Futures Game, at least, we hyperfocused prospect nerds watched it happen.

Trending Discussions

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join SB Nation St. Louis

You must be a member of SB Nation St. Louis to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SB Nation St. Louis. You should read them.

Join SB Nation St. Louis

You must be a member of SB Nation St. Louis to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SB Nation St. Louis. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.