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Robinson's speed compared to that of Hamilton

Robinson's speed compared to that of Hamilton

CINCINNATI -- Since his arrival, rookie reserve outfielder Derrick Robinson has established himself as the Reds' fastest player. Robinson's speed has been exciting and it helped create scoring chances, including scoring the winning run vs. the Phillies on Monday.

"It's part of my game," Robinson said of his speed. "Any chance I get, I take advantage of my God-given ability to run."

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Robinson's quickness prompted a question: Could he outrun Reds top prospect Billy Hamilton in a race?

"It probably would never happen, but I wouldn't be against it though. I grew up my whole life racing," Robinson said on Friday. "He's definitely quick, real fast. He uses his speed good on the basepaths and the outfield."

Hamilton stole a record 155 bases last season in the Minors. Robinson's career high is 69 stolen bases, set in 2009 at the Class A level.

The 25-year-old was a high school quarterback in Gainesville, Fla., and was recruited to be a cornerback for the University of Florida. He did run track, but just once.

"I ran one event in high school -- the 4x100 with the track team against a rival school that wanted to challenge us," Robinson said. "I just did that one event. We won."

Mark Sheldon is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Mark My Word, and follow him on Twitter @m_sheldon This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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