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2012 Indians 35th round pick: SS Nick Hamilton

2012 Indians 35th round pick: SS Nick Hamilton
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In the 35th round of the 2012 MLB Draft the Cleveland Indians have selected shortstop Nick Hamilton out of Kent State University.

Date of birth: 11/19/1989 - Height: 6’1” - Weight: 200 - Bats: Switch - Throws: Right

Quick take: Okay, this is actually pretty cool. Hamilton is actually the son of Cleveland Indians broadcaster Tom Hamilton. He is a junior, but being drafted by his hometown team and the one his dad works for, you would have to think it is a slam dunk he signs. He was a first time full time starter this year for the Golden Flashes and hit .364 with 12 2B, 1 HR, 35 RBI and a .481 slugging percentage in 49 games.

Jeff Ellis: The Indians drafted Nick Hamilton, a shortstop from Kent State in the 35th round. He is going to be best known  as the son of Tom Hamilton, who if you are reading this I do not need to explain who Tom Hamilton is. This is only the second best part of his story as Nick is legally deaf and plays with hearing aids. Nick got his first chance to play this year and really ran with it batting .377 this year. He needs more at bats but the hope is his strikeout totals will drop a bit as he currently sports a 2:1 strikeout to walk ratio. Since this was his first year getting regular at bats, there should be a lot of room for growth. Traditionally a red shirt junior like him would be a hard sign, but I got to think that he is as good as an Indian.



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User Comments

Joe Chengery III
June 7, 2012 - 11:30 PM EDT
Tom: "Nick with a drive to deep left, WAYYYYY BACKKKKK, GONE!!!!!"

Love to see that happen here in Cleveland - congratulations Nick, Tom, and the Hamilton family! :-)
June 6, 2012 - 4:56 PM EDT
So long as he can hit a curve ball I'm ok with the pick.
It would be fun listening to the radio if nick made it to the bigs and his dad was doing the play by play.

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