2007 MLB Draft Q&A: Jace Hamilton

An outfielder out of Carthage High School in Texas, Jace Hamilton is armed with solid tools across the board. Those tools began to get him recognition among professional scouts this summer and could make him a top five round pick next June. We recently sat down with Jace for a Q&A session.


Scout.com: First of all, it was a summer of showcases for you. How you do you feel your summer went and what were you able to get out of it?

Jace Hamilton: I had the opportunity to play against a lot of great players this summer. The experience of playing against this level of talent is invaluable. I learned that I'm a pretty good ballplayer, but have a long way to go.

Scout.com: Which event do you think you had your best showing at and why?

Jace Hamilton: I was most proud of myself at the Perfect Game National Showcase held at The University of Arkansas. My performance there wasn't spectacular, but I was able to hold my own in all areas of the showcase. I had several top five scores in the SPARQ testing and ran a 7.1 60-yard dash, all with 12 stitches in my right foot.

Scout.com: If you had describe your overall game, what are some important things you'd point out and basically what should people know about your style of play?

Jace Hamilton: I guess I would describe my game as being pretty good at everything overall. Maybe not great at one thing, but solid at all things.

Scout.com: What do you feel is your strongest attribute as a player?

Jace Hamilton: I think my greatest attribute would be my ability to stay positive most of the time. I also control my emotions and never get too high or too low, all the while remaining a team player.

Scout.com: Have you committed to college yet? If so, which one and have you thought ahead about the decision you could have to make between going pro and college?

Jace Hamilton: I have not committed to any college at this time. The question about choosing between college or the pros seems almost too unreal for me to answer. It would be nice to have to make that decision though. I'll just say that I'll cross that bridge when and if we get to it.

Scout.com: What do you feel are the most significant improvements you have to make over the next year and how do you plan to correct them?

Jace Hamilton: I've really been working on my power to the opposite field. I want to continue to work at this along with getting stronger and faster. I guess the only way to accomplish this is like everything else, through hard work.

Scout.com: It seems that you were a player that moved up a lot on many prospects lists this summer. What differences do you think there were in your game that got you the added attention?

Jace Hamilton: I guess my answer to that question would be I was fairly successful against some great players.

Scout.com: What do you feel is the most important thing an organization should know about you that they might not see at first glance?

Jace Hamilton: Probably my work ethic. People that don't know me, don't realize how hard I work myself, from eating right and training hard.

Scout.com: What big league player would you best compare yourself to in terms of style and why?

Jace Hamilton: I wouldn't dare compare myself to a pro player. I guess I would like to play like Albert Pujols. He is such a great hitter. I also feel is such a great defensive player also.

Scout.com: How would you describe your approach at the plate?

Jace Hamilton: My approach at the plate is to have a good at-bat. Whether that means walking, getting a base hit, hitting for power or putting the ball where it needs to be for a RBI.

Scout.com: You've been praised for your offensive skills by many scouts. What do you think makes you such a strong hitter?

Jace Hamilton: Hard work. Spending lots of time in the batting cage and on the tee. The biggest thing I try to do is hit the ball where it is pitched.

Scout.com: How do you feel playing against such strong competition has helped you as a player?

Jace Hamilton: The biggest thing was playing at that great level of competition continuously. It also made me realize how hard I have to work to play at the next level.

Scout.com: How would describe your defensive game?

Jace Hamilton: I actually think my defensive game is pretty solid. It has come a long way over this past summer. I want to continue to work hard at it and make it one of my stronger points.


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