Cardinals Prospect Interview: Mark Hamilton

The Louisiana resident and Memphis Redbirds first baseman returned home last weekend and continued his hot hitting since coming off the disabled list for the second time this season.

A rough 2010 season, Memphis first baseman Mark Hamilton's fifth in the St. Louis Cardinals system, might finally be turning around. The left-handed hitter previously endured two stints on the disabled list, one due to a hand injury and then a groin problem. The last one caused him to miss a month and a half.

Following a two-week rehab in the Gulf Coast League, Hamilton, who turns 26 years of age next week, returned to Memphis on July 15 and has hit in all six games. He is 7-for-19 (.368) with three doubles, a home run and four RBI, providing much-needed production to a lineup missing first-half stars Daniel Descalso, Jon Jay and Allen Craig.

We caught up with Hamilton this past weekend for the following exclusive audio interview. We discuss his injuries, rehab, what he discussed with younger players in the GCL, returning to play in his home state of Louisiana and much more.

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Special thanks to Steve Holley, publisher and editor of the Chicago Cubs Scout.com site, InsidetheIvy.com, for conducting this interview on our behalf.



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