Interview – Cards 2nd-Rounder Mark Hamilton

Brian Walton caught up with Tulane Green Wave first baseman Mark Hamilton Tuesday night after he was drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals with the final selection of the second round of the First-Year Player Draft.

Brian Walton caught up with Tulane Green Wave first baseman Mark Hamilton Tuesday night after he was drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals with the final selection of the second round of the First-Year Player Draft.

In his college career, Hamilton hit .305 with 34 home runs and 143 RBI in 511 at-bats. Willing and able to take a walk when needed, he posted a .433 on-base percentage. Coupling that with his slugging percentage of .585, Hamilton's career OBP was a stellar 1.018.

Here are just a few of Hamilton's many honors:
2006 Louisville Slugger All-American (3rd-team)
2006 Conference USA Player of the Year
2006 All-Conference USA (1st-team)
2006 ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District VI (1st-team)
2006 NCAA Oxford Regional All-Tournament Team
2005 NCAA New Orleans Regional Most Outstanding Player
2005 NCAA New Orleans Regional All-Tournament Team
Two-Time Cape Cod League All-Star (2004, 2005)
2003 Baseball America High School All-American (1st-team)


Hamilton shows off his swing

In this far-reaching audio interview, Hamilton discusses his emotions after the Green Wave lost in their NCAA Regional, how his selection went down and why he selected Scott Boras as his advisor.

He also provides insight on his defensive positions, his hitting and scouting reports on two of his fellow Cardinals draftees – fourth rounder, pitcher Eddie Degerman of Rice University and his Tulane teammate, outfielder Nate Southard, the Redbirds' 17th-round selection.

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Brian Walton can be reached via email at brwalton@earthlink.net.

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