Hometown report

Published: Saturday, July 28 2012 7:27 p.m. MDT

Matthew NeilJacksonville AA Marlins

Pitched for BYU

Struck out 8 batters in 5 innings on Tuesday

Stephen ParkerSacramentoAAAAthletics

Played third base for BYU and American Fork

Hit home run vs. Bees in Salt Lake on Weds.

Tanner RoblesBakersfield A Reds

Pitched for Cottonwood High

On season: 7-6, ERA 3.90, 82 Ks, 39 BBs

Braeden Schlehuber LynchburgA Braves

Catcher played for Viewmont High

April: .271; May: .273; June: .313; July: .324

Egan SmithDunedin AABlue Jays

Pitched for Pleasant Grove High

On season: 8-6, 3.28 ERA, 65 Ks, 30 BBs

Jordan SmithLouisville AAA Reds

Pitcher from Pleasant Grove

Rough week: 10 hits, 7 ERs in 3 innings

Matt SpringPawtucket AAA Red Sox

Catcher played for Dixie State

Promoted from double-A Portland this week

Mitch TalbotSamsung Lions S. Korea

Pitcher from Cedar City

Hasn't pitched since July 15

Tyler WagnerHelena R Brewers

Pitched for Utah

Strikes out 4, gives up 4 ERs vs. Raptors

Keenyn WalkerWinston-SalemAWhite Sox

Played outfield for Judge Memorial H.S.

Batting .386 since being promoted

Jordan WhatcottReading AA Phillies

Pitched for the University of Utah

3 straight solid appearances

Keli'i ZablanRiver City Ind.

Pitched for Southern Utah University

Has taken two straight losses

Speedster nears pro steals record

MOBILE, Ala. — From the top rows of Hank Aaron Stadium, the chorus of crickets and frogs is getting loud on this damp, slow night in the Southern League. Inside the ballpark, it's pretty quiet in the late innings, with maybe 150 fans sticking around.

Until Billy Hamilton ambles to the plate.

"Here he comes!" bellows a beer-guzzling man in the box seats. "He's going to the Hall of Fame!"

Well, we know this much: Hamilton eats fast, he talks fast and man, can he run fast.

The wiry, 21-year-old rocket went into the weekend with a combined 113 stolen bases for Double-A Pensacola and Class A Bakersfield. Come Monday, he'll have 35 games left to swipe the mark of 145 set by Vince Coleman in 1983 for Macon in the South Atlantic League.

"I can't be caught," Hamilton says, nonchalantly.

— Associated Press

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