AB 3909
AVG .29
OBP .349
SLG .516
HR 200
  • Full name Joshua Holt Hamilton
  • Born 05/21/1981 in Raleigh, NC
  • Profile Ht.: 6'4" / Wt.: 240 / Bats: L / Throws: L
  • School Athens Drive
  • Debut 04/02/2007
  • Drafted in the 1st round (1st overall) by the Tampa Bay Rays in 1999 (signed for $3,960,000).
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    Scouts have flocked to North Carolina's Triangle (Raleigh/Durham/Chapel Hill) this spring, most notably a large delegation from the Devil Rays organization to see OF/LHP Josh Hamilton, who emerged in March as the probable No. 1 pick. Hamilton is a legitimate two-way talent who grades out highest as a hitting prospect. He also got a strong look as a pitcher because he was clocked up to 95 mph. Were it not for his prowess as an everyday player, Hamilton would have been looked at seriously as a late first-round pick as a pitcher. He's a five-tool talent who does everything easily, with fluid actions and grace. He has outstanding bat speed and extension on his swing. He projects top-of-the-scale power. His arm strength also is first rate. He does not have the speed for center field and should settle in as a prototype right fielder. Hamilton has made subtle adjustments to his game this spring. He's gotten stronger and understands how to play the game. He's tweaked his swing to eliminate a slight hitch. If anything, he needs to address pulling off pitches with the bat and use his legs more in his swing--all things that are correctable.

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  • Rated Best Power Hitter in the American League in 2012
  • Rated Best Power Hitter in the American League in 2010
  • Rated Most Exciting Player in the American League in 2008
  • Rated Best Power Hitter in the American League in 2008

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