The Indians signed infielder Nick Hamilton on Thursday, the organization's 35th round selection in the 2012 First-Year Player Draft. He will report to the Indians' Arizona League (Rookie) entry in the coming days.
Hamilton, 22, recently completed his red-shirt junior season at Kent State University, batting .337 with 12 doubles, 2 triples, one home run and 35 RBI's in 54 games. The switch-hitter also compiled an .838 OPS for the Golden Flashes, who earned the school's first ever berth to the NCAA College World Series before getting eliminated by two-time defending-champion South Carolina in their third game of the tournament.
The Avon Lake High School graduate played one season at Xavier before transferring to Kent State prior to his sophomore year. He is the son of Wendy Hamilton and Indians broadcaster Tom Hamilton.