David Hamilton Portland Sea Dogs Shortstop - Second Base

Age: 24
Born: September 29, 1997
San Marcos, TX Marietta, GA
Height: 5-10
Weight: 175
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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First Pro Contract: June 28, 2019 (MIL)
Signing Scout: KJ Hendricks (MIL)
Signing Bonus: $400,000
Rule 5 Draft Eligible: December 2022
MLFA Eligible: November 2025
Pro Debut: May 4, 2021 (Wisconsin)
Added to 40-man: -
MLB Debut: -
Service Time (1/22): 0 days
Options Remaining: 3 (0 used)
Contract (2022): MiLB contract
Twitter: @D_Ham27
Instagram: @d_ham27

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  Physical Description: Undersized, very athletic.

Hit: Short, compact swing. Solid pitch recognition and knowledge of the strike zone. Has feel at the plate and contact skills. Will strike out some and there are questions about how his hit tool will play against more advanced pitching. Potential fringe-average hit tool.

Power: Below-average raw power. Not a major part of his game. Swing is designed to go gap-to-gap, rather than for over-the-fence power. Well-below-average power potential.

Run: Plus-plus speed. Solid baserunning instincts. Seems to have recovered fully from his Achilles injury.

Field: Soft hands and smooth actions in the field. Not a standout defender, but steady enough and playable at shortstop. Potential average defender.

  Arm: Fringe-average arm for shortstop, but makes up for it with a quick release. Arm could be better suited long-term for second base or the outfield.

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. Participated in 2022 Winter Warm-Up. Received a non-roster invitation to MLB spring training in 2022.

Summation: Relatively high floor. Potential backup infielder type who is carried by his speed and defensive versatility. Does not have the highest ceiling unless his offensive production improves, due to lack of power and average-at-best hit tool. Type of player who could stick around at the major league level for a long-time in the right role.

Note: This page will be updated with a complete scouting report after the scouting team has seen the player in person.

    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 Stats                                          
  year team lg level org age g ab r h 2b 3b hr rbi tb bb so sb cs avg obp slg ops
2022 Portland Sea Dogs East AA Bos 24     stats                            
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