The Cleveland Indians wrapped up the MLB Draft on Wednesday, and among the slew of players chosen was Nick Hamilton, son of Indians radio announcer Tom Hamilton, who was drafted in Round 35 at pick No. 1,073.
The younger Hamilton is currently playing in the NCAA Super Regional for his Kent State Golden Flashes.
An MLB.com article had this to say about Hamilton's selection:
...when Hamilton was drafted by the Indians in the 35th round, he didn't immediately hear about it. He was too busy at practice.
"My coach [Scott Stricklin] pulled me aside and just gave me a handshake," Hamilton said. "It was really thrilling. It was something I'm never going to forget. But then it was back to practice."
Hamilton, a short stop, is hitting .364 with a .417 on-base percentage. He was the fourth of four shortstops that the Indians drafted yesterday. The Indians took the quartet in the span of six picks.
The Tribe also took a whopping 12 right-handed pitchers Wednesday, including their first Day 3 pick, Cody Penny.
Here is the entire Day 3 haul:
Round 16, Cody Penny, RHP, North Carolina, NC
Round 17, Andrew Calica, CF, Eastlake HS, CA
Round 18, Louis Head, RHP, Texas St. U
Round 19, Colyn O'Connell, RHP, Dunedin HS, FL
Round 20, Nicholas Pasquale, RHP, Diablo Valley Col, CA
Round 21, Joe Sever, 2B, Pepperdine U, CA
Round 22, James Stokes, RHP, Elon University, NC
Round 23, Richard Stock, C, Nebraska, NE
Round 24, Thomas White, RHP, South Georgia Col, GA
Round 25, Cameron Cox, RHP, Weatherford Col, TX
Round 26, Pick 803: Justin Garza, Bonita High School, RHP
Round 27, Pick 833: Ray Castillo, Russell County High School, RHP
Round 28, Pick 863: Joshua Pigg, Franklin High School, 3B
Round 29, Pick 893: Randall Fant, Arkansas, LHP
Round 30, Pick 923: Josh Lester, Columbus High School, SS
Round 31, Pick 953: Daniel Holst, Parkway South Senior High School, CF
Round 32, Pick 983: Paul Hendrix, Howard College, SS
Round 33, Pick 1013: Cory Raley, Uvalde High School, SS
Round 34, Pick 1043: Matthew Fultz, Lee's Summit West High School, C
Round 35, Pick 1073: Nick Hamilton, Kent State University, SS
Round 36, Pick 1103: Benny Suarez, Hill Junior College, RHP
Round 37, Pick 1133: Jacob Morris, Arkansas, OF
Round 38, Pick 1163: Joshua Nervis, Sonoma State University, RHP
Round 39, Pick 1193: DJ Brown, James Madison University, RHP
Round 40, Pick 1223: Anthony Hawkins, Fresno High School, OF
If you want to follow Kent State's postseason baseball run: The Golden Flashes are playing Oregon in the Eugene Super Regional on Saturday night. More on that here.
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