It continues to be a very busy summer at the Cape Cod League, and as usual, Frankie Piliere looks at several rising players, including Washington State's Ian Hamilton.


Cape Cod Buzz: Prospects Continue To Emerge

YARMOUTH, Mass. – Throughout this summer, will be your home for all things summer collegiate baseball, with a distinct focus on the Cape Cod League, and keeping you updated on all the elite talent that populates the league’s ten teams. With an eye toward scouting and the MLB Draft, we will provide regular in-depth analysis on who is performing, who is taking a step forward, and who may be players to watch headed into the 2016 college baseball season.

It has not been a standout summer on the Cape in terms of pure power arms, as many of the pitchers we’ve seen perform at a high level have been of the finesse variation. In other words, it has been a summer ruled by command and off-speed pitches. But, a few of the more high octane arms the Cape has to offer were on full display this last week.

Hamilton Throwing Smoke

Leading the way in the group of hard throwers was righty, Ian Hamilton (Washington State). Hamilton’s plus fastball of course comes as no real surprises, as he reached upwards of 98 mph this spring. Working as a starter at times on the Cape, Hamilton is still carrying a big time fastball in that role, working at 92-94 mph, topping at 95 mph consistently.

Washington State UniversityHis go-to secondary offering is still his slider, a pitch that he shows mastery over in terms of command. Thrown at 81-84 mph, it’s a big league average offering at times, and because of how well he keeps it down in the zone, it’s a swing and miss offering. Hamilton will need to be aware of keeping his plus fastball down, however, as he advances to the next level.


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