Cardinals AFL Interviews: Mark Hamilton

Springfield Cardinals first baseman Mark Hamilton is playing for the Mesa Solar Sox of the Arizona Fall League this fall. In this exclusive audio interview, he focuses on his 2007 campaign and looks to the future.

First baseman Mark Hamilton was an in-season addition by the St. Louis Cardinals to the Arizona Fall League's Mesa Solar Sox when Mark Shorey was sent home in a precautionary move due to a sore knee. Shorey himself was an AFL replacement when Colby Rasmus had been named to Team USA.

Hamilton was the Cards' supplemental second round pick in the 2006 First-Year Player Draft from Tulane. This season, the left-handed slugger split his time between Palm Beach, where he was a Florida State League All-Star, and Springfield, where he had been promoted in mid-June.

Like many players experiencing their first taste of Double-A ball, Hamilton initially struggled, but within a month was the Texas League Player of the Week. He went on to star for Springfield in the playoffs, hitting four home runs.

Between the two regular-season stops, the 6-foot-4, 220-pounder was good for 19 home runs and 90 runs batted in. Overall, the 23-year-old posted a .269/.332/.448 stat line (AVG/OBP/SLG) and has promise as a power-hitting prospect.

Hamilton talks about his 2007 season and what the future may hold in this exclusive audio interview.

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Come back here to Scout.com for three more exclusive Cardinals interviews straight from the Arizona Fall League, including Luke Gregerson, Stuart Pomeranz and Amaury Marti.

Earlier interviews:
Team USA coach Rick Eckstein
Closer Chris Perez
Outfielder Colby Rasmus
Catcher Bryan Anderson
Mesa Solar Sox coach Mark Riggins
Second Baseman Jarrett Hoffpauir
Pitcher Mitchell Boggs
Pitcher Jason Motte



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

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