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Josh Hamilton
Birthdate: 5/21/1981 (35 y, 10 m, 5 d)     Bats/Throws: L/L     Height/Weight: 6-4/240     Position: OF
Drafted: 2006 Rule 5 Draft - Round: 1, Pick: 3, Overall: 3, Team: Chicago Cubs
Contract: $0.2M / 1 Years (2017)
RotoWire News: Hamilton (knee) will stay in Houston for post-op rehab, Stefan Stevenson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports. (3/1/2017)
Injury: Knee, Day-to-Day
Profiles:  2010  2011  2012  2013  2014  2015  2016  2017  (Click Year to Expand / Close)
Profile: There was speculation that Hamilton would join my North Carolina-based men's league this season. Instead, the Rangers have signed him to a split-contract. Hamilton battled a serious knee injury last year and was eventually cut from the Ranger's roster. The surgery to repair his left meniscus and ACL could be career-threatening. His potential at the plate remains tantalizing. Even in a terrible year, Hamilton was still near league-average at the plate. He's long possessed one of the most extreme power profiles in the league. However, even during his best years, he was among the leaders in swinging-strike rate. Despite a career whiff rate of 15.8% (tied for 11th since 2002), Hamilton still managed a decent 21.6% strikeout rate. Most other players with similar whiff rates struck out between 30 and 35% of the time. While some sluggers can hide contact issues with aggression, Hamilton posted a league-average 8.1% walk rate. His career is probably coming to a close, but there's no question it's been an interesting ride. (Brad Johnson)

The Quick Opinion: Major knee surgery threatens to end Hamilton's career. It doesn't help that his production has cratered in recent seasons, nor is it a good sign that the free agent market is flooded with similar power hitters.

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