|Bats / Throws||Both / Right|
|Date of Birth||9/9/1990|
|Height, Weight||6'0", 160 lbs|
|Drafted||2009 - Rd 2|
Hamilton went 2-for-4 with a double, two RBI and a stolen base Thursday against the White Sox.
Hamilton drew a rare start and took advantage, recording his first multi-hit game since June 23. He also stole his 17th base of the season, breaking a string of 15 consecutive appearances without a stolen base. Clearly the fourth outfielder for the Royals, Hamilton is appealing solely for his occasional stolen base production.
Hamilton is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Nationals.
Hamilton will head to the bench for the fourth straight contest, and at this point, it looks safe to conclude that the speedster has surrendered his everyday center-field job to Whit Merrifield. While his plus defense and elite baserunning should allow Hamilton to earn regular work off the bench, the lack of steady at-bats will likely inhibit his ability to consistently rack up stolen bases.
Hamilton is not starting Saturday against the Nationals.
Hamilton will sit out his third consecutive contest. He's been squeezed out of playing time due to the Royals losing the designated hitter during their series in a National League park. Whit Merrifield will draw the start in center field while Jorge Soler will man right field.
Hamilton is out of the lineup for Friday's game at Washington.
Hamilton will sit for the second straight contest after going 5-for-33 with 12 strikeouts in his last 11 games. Whit Merrifield will start in center field while Jorge Soler takes over in right field with the Royals without the services of a designated hitter in a National League park.
Hamilton is out of the lineup for Thursday's game against the Indians.
Hamilton will head to the bench for the second time in five games and could be subject to more frequent days off while he continues to make a limited impact at the dish. Though the Royals signed Hamilton this offseason knowing he would provide his most impact as a baserunner and defender, the team probably expected better than the career-worst .550 OPS he has delivered thus far. He's shown few signs of turning the corner offensively, as he's supplied a .193/.245/.239 slash line dating back to the beginning of June.