Professional baseball presents a constant course of inevitable challenges, but Nick Hamilton has overcome adversity since his toddler years.
Hamilton, 23, was selected by the Cleveland Indians in the 35th round of the 2012 amateur draft. The Kent State alumnus earned a degree in Business Management but now, all business resides on the ball field.
Hamilton entered the 2012 draft with wide eyes and open expectations. He knew a handful of teams were scouting him but his hopes remained with the hometown heroes.
“It was certainly a neat experience to be able to get that call,” he said. Hamilton learned he was drafted by the Indians while his Kent State team was preparing for the NCAA super regionals. “I found out in the middle of our practice,” he recalled. “It was really a great time and it came at a great time.”
After the draft and Kent State’s memorable NCAA championship run, Hamilton spent last season with the Arizona League Indians. He also spent his first spring training in Arizona...