Cougars pitcher Ian Hamilton received another accolade this week as he was named to Baseball America's top 100 college prospects for this June's amateur draft. Hamilton came in at No.44 on the list. If that ranking is any indication, we should expect him to be selected in the top three rounds come June, provided this season goes as expected. He would be the highest drafted Cougar since Adam Conley who was drafted in the second round by the Marlins. New coach Marty Lees is even more bullish on his prospects, telling Cougfan.com that he expects Hamilton to be selected in the first round.
Lees reason for optimism is based on the fact that Hamilton added a change-up in the off-season which gives him three pitches and a chance to be a starter. Hamilton will be in WSU's starting rotation this season after two years as an All-Pac-12 reliever. This will give scout's plenty of chances to see him as a starter and if he shows three average or better pitches expect his stock to go through the roof. His fastball and slider are already considered "plus" pitches so it's just a matter of developing that change-up and showing that he can keep his pitch count down and be successful a couple times through the batting order.
Collegiate Baseball is confident in what Hamilton can do this season as it has named him a second team All-American, albeit as a reliever. This is after a summer in the prestigious Cape Cod League in which Hamilton was named MVP of the All-Star game and sported a glistening 0.92 ERA for the season, including three starts. Cougar fans should definitely be paying attention to this rising star this spring. The season starts on February 19th.
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