Originally posted on Waiting For Next Year  |  Last updated 6/6/12

The Cleveland Indians selected infielder Nick Hamilton, the son of long-time Indians broadcaster Tom Hamilton, in the 35th round of today’s portion of the 2012 First-Year Player Draft.

Hamilton, 22, is a red-shirt junior at Kent State University in Kent, OH.  On the 2012 season, the 6-foot-1-inch, 190-pound Hamilton batted .364 (59-162) with 12 doubles, 2 triples, one home run and 35 RBI in 49 games.  He also posted an OPS of .898 (.417OB/.481SLG).

“What we like most about Nick is his ability to hit,” said Indians’ scouting director Brad Grant. “He got off to a good start this year, was in the top 10 in the country in hitting for a while. Defensively he’s very versatile. He can play third base, first base, or the outfield. When Nick finishes up with his college season we’ll sit down with him, and let him make a decision on what path he wants to take from there.”

The Golden Flashes play this weekend at Oregon in the NCAA Super Regional. The Avon Lake high school graduate played one season at Xavier before transferring to Kent State prior to his sophomore season.

The conclusion of the 40th round this Wednesday evening marks the end of the 2012 MLB Draft. The Indians will leave with 23 college players selected, 17 high school players, 20 position players and 20 pitchers. Of those 20 pitchers, 19 were right-handers, one left-handed.

[Related: MLB Draft: Indians Gamble on Young Upside in Day Two]

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