David Hamilton Worcester Red Sox Shortstop - Second Base

Age: 26
Born: September 29, 1997
Birthplace: San Marcos, TX
Height: 5-10
Weight: 190
Bats: Left
Throws: Right
Drafted: 8th round, 2019 by MIL
How Acquired: Acquired from Milwaukee with Jackie Bradley and Alex Binelas for Hunter Renfroe (Dec. 2021)
College: Texas
High School: San Marcos (TX)

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Pronunciation: -
First Pro Contract: June 28, 2019 (MIL)
Signing Scout: KJ Hendricks (MIL)
Signing Bonus: $400,000
Rule 5 Draft Eligible: N/A
MLFA Eligible: N/A
Pro Debut: May 4, 2021 (Wisconsin)
Added to 40-man: November 15, 2022
MLB Debut: June 21, 2023 (BOS)
Service Time (1/24): 20 days
Options Remaining: 2 (2023)
Contract (2023): $720,000
Twitter: @D_Ham27
Instagram: @d_ham27

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  Physical Description: Undersized, athletic. Some projection remaining, needs to add strength.

Hit: Starts square with his hands high. Uses a toe tap timing device. Average bat speed. Has some length in his swing and an uphill swing path, though less so in 2023 than he showed in 2022. Swing now is more level and has been tweaked to hit more line drives. Has solid pitch recognition skills and knowledge of the strike zone. Rarely misses pitches in the zone, but will expand at a higher rate than you would like to see. Will strike out some and there are questions about how his hit tool will play against more advanced pitching. Struggles against velocity, especially up, and advanced breaking balls. Needs to improve his quality of contact, as his hard-hit rate is still slightly below-average. Potential average hit tool against right-handed pitchers, but below-average against left-handers.

Power: Below-average raw power. Has a little pop for his size, but produces below-average exit velocities. Potential for below-average in-game power as well.

Run: Plus-plus speed. Advanced baserunning instincts. Has shown the ability to steal bases at high volume with a very good success rate at the minor league level. Puts pressure on the defense with his speed.

Field: Inconsistent footwork and fringy range at shortstop. Can make the routine play, but there are concerns about how he would adjust to the speed of the major league game there. Has shown a tendency to rush plays and has trouble fielding the ball on the run. Looks more comfortable and profiles better at second base. Hands work and has shown solid range there. Footwork is sloppy second as well, but is within the more forgiving margin for error at that position than at shortstop. Speed and athleticism might be best suited for center field, where he has played on occasion in 2022 and 2023. Potential below-average defender at shortstop and average defender at second base.
  Arm: Below-average arm strength. Shot puts the ball over and throws lack carry. Arm is best suited for second base.

Career Notes: Missed his entire junior season at Texas due to a ruptured Achilles tendon. Spent time with an independent team in Texas coached by Roger Clemens during the lost 2020 season. Impressed scouts during 2020 Fall Instructs. Did not make his affiliated debut until 2021. Had the fifth-most stolen bases and third-most triples in all of the minor leagues in 2021. Was acquired with Jackie Bradley and Alex Binelas for Hunter Renfroe in December 2021 hours before the lockout. Participated in 2022 Winter Warm-Up. Received a non-roster invitation to MLB spring training in 2022. Broke Portland's franchise stolen base record in 2022. Added to the 40-man roster in November 2022 to protect him from selection in the Rule 5 Draft in a mild surprise. Participated in 2023 Rookie Development Program.

Summation: Potential up-and-down utility player. Ceiling of solid reserve utility player. Swing changes heading into 2023 have improved his hit tool and give him a better chance to handle major league pitching, but still makes too much weak contact in the air for someone with his speed profile. Could be better served by prioritizing contact that allows him to use his speed. Type of player who benefits from the MLB rule changes that promote speed and athleticism. Could be a weapon off the bench as a pinch runner and has athleticism at second base that teams look for.

    Hitting Stats                                          
  year team lg level org age g ab r h 2b 3b hr rbi tb bb so sb cs avg obp slg ops
2017 Texas Big12 NCAA --- 19 62 202 30 44 11 2 0 20 59 25 34 14 0 0.218 0.305 0.292 0.597
  2018 Texas Big12 NCAA -- 20 63 220 44 64 7 6 5 37 98 43 40 31 0 0.291 0.404 0.445 0.849
  2021 Wisconsin Timber Rattlers HAC A+ Mil 23 68 270 50 71 14 7 5 31 114 35 58 41 6 0.263 0.351 0.422 0.773
  2021 Biloxi Shuckers DAS AA Mil 23 33 133 16 33 5 4 3 12 55 15 32 11 3 0.248 0.322 0.414 0.736
2022 Portland Sea Dogs East AA Bos 24 119 463 81 116 16 9 12 42 186 56 119 70 8 0.251 0.338 0.402 0.740
2023 Worcester Red Sox IL AAA Bos 25 103 393 74 97 16 4 17 54 182 71 109 57 14 0.247 0.363 0.438 0.801
2023 Boston Red Sox AL MLB Bos 25 15 33 2 4 2 0 0 0 6 6 10 2 1 0.121 0.256 0.182 0.438
2024 Worcester Red Sox IL AAA Bos 26     stats                            
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  Awards   SoxProspects.com Awards  
  Red Sox Minor League Base Stealer of the Month (April 2022)
Red Sox Minor League Base Stealer of the Month (July 2022)
2022 Red Sox Minor League Baserunner of the Year
Eastern League Player of the Month (September 2022)
Red Sox Minor League Baserunner of the Month (April 2023)
2023 Worcester Red Sox Mistah Wistah Award
2023 Red Sox Minor League Defensive Player of the Year 
  SoxProspects.com Player of the Month (September 2022)
SoxProspects.com Player of the Week (March 30 - April 9, 2023)
SoxProspects.com Player of the Week (April 10-16, 2023)

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