Reds' Billy Hamilton to work with Juan Pierre on bunting in offseason

Monday September 22nd, 2014

Cincinnati Reds centerfielder Billy Hamilton is planning on working on his bunting with former outfielder Juan Pierre this offseason, Hamilton told ESPN's Buster Olney.

Hamilton has had 17 bunt hits on 51 attempts in his rookie season, according to FanGraphs, and said that's an aspect of his game he wants to improve. Pierre, who spent 14 years in the major leagues with six teams, had 215 bunt hits over the final 12 years of his career.

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Hamilton, 24, is in contention for National League Rookie of the Year due to his strong defense and speed, having stolen 56 bases this season.

The rookie has hit .253 with an OPS of .653 overall this season but has hit just .204 with a .521 OPS since the All-Star break.

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