David Hamilton Portland Sea Dogs Shortstop - Second Base

Age: 25
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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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: -
Service Time (1/23): 0 days
Options Remaining: 3 (0 used)
Contract (2023): League Minimum
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. Toe tap timing device. Has some length in his swing and an uphill swing path. Makes a lot of weak contact in the air. Swing would be better suited to his athleticism if it was shorter and more line drive-oriented than current swing designed to hit the ball in the air. Has decent pitch recognition skills and knowledge of the strike zone. 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 against left-handed pitchers. Potential fringe-average hit tool.

Power: Well 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 game power potential as well.

Run: Plus-to-better speed. Solid baserunning instincts. Seems to have recovered fully from an Achilles tendon injury during college.

Field: Poor footwork and range and does not look comfortable at shortstop. Has a tendency to rush plays and has trouble fielding the ball on the run. At second base, is a bit robotic and only shows average hands. Footwork is sloppy there as well and it is unclear if he can stick there long-term. Speed and athleticism might be best suited for center field, where he has played a couple times in 2022. Potential below-average defender.
  Arm: Below-average arm strength. Has a quick release, but throws lack carry. Arm is best suited long-term for second base or an outfield corner.

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 on the eve of 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. Participated in 2023 Rookie Development Program.

Potential organizational utility player. Ceiling of an emergency up-and-down utility type. Could stand to remake his swing in order to prioritize line drives and hitting the ball on the ground more in order to better utilize his speed. Lack of defensive ability limits upside. Projects as below-average in the infield and could stand to move to the outfield, where his speed and atheleticism would be better utilized.

    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 TBD --- --- Bos 25     stats                            
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  Awards   SoxProspects.com Awards  
  2022 Red Sox Minor League Baserunner of the Year
Eastern League Player of the Month (September 2022)
  SoxProspects.com Player of the Month (September 2022)  

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