Mike Oz: When did you realize you were fast?Billy Hamilton: Of course I found out when I was younger. It goes without saying that Hamilton a 22-year-old from Mississippi and the top-rated prospect in the Cincinnati Reds organization is fast. We finally cornered Hamilton, wanting to ask him some questions about being fast. "When we go back there and somebody's ragging me or cussing me or whatever the case may be, it's not going to keep me from signing autographs and spending time with them," Hamilton said. "I'm looking forward to it." Combine those with a .311 batting average and a .410 on-base percentage in 2012, and it's enough to make him the 20th overall prospect according to Baseball America and 11th overall per MLB.com.
When Josh Hamilton returns to Rangers Ballpark on April 5, Rangers fans -- fresh off seeing him slump through the second half, join the division rivals and say they don't live in a "true baseball town" -- figure to be coldhearted.