Fresh off an appearance in the College World Series, Nick Hamilton, who just wrapped up his redshirt junior year at Kent State, agreed to terms with the team he has followed his entire life. Hamilton is the son of Indians radio announcer Tom Hamilton.
"It's an honor to be drafted by anybody, but especially the Indians," Nick said after Cleveland selected him. "With my dad working for them, I've always been an even bigger fan of the Indians than the average person. It's definitely really neat."
Hamilton batted .337 for a Golden Flashes squad that knocked No. 1 Florida out of the College World Series before suffering a season-ending defeat last Thursday against eventual runner-up South Carolina. Kent State advanced to its first College World Series after disposing of Oregon in the Super Regional by winning a best-of-three series. Each of the three contests was decided by one run.
A graduate of Avon Lake High School, Hamilton, a switch-hitting infielder, will report to the Indians' Arizona Rookie League in the coming days. Cleveland has now signed 19 of its 40 selections from the 2012 First-Year Player Draft.