Reds sign another Taylorsville Hamilton
By Michael Boykin, To the Leader-Call
Taylorsville baseball standout Darion Hamilton was drafted Thursday in the 49th round of the Major League Baseball Draft by the Cincinnati Reds. The centerfielder joins cousin Billy Hamilton, also drafted by the Reds on Tuesday night.
Hamilton was a three-sport standout at Taylorsville, widely known for his athleticism. While in the shadows of his cousin, Hamilton quietly posted huge numbers while participating in baseball, football and basketball.
At times this spring, scouts were prone to confuse the two. Word quickly spread around the Major League Baseball scouting departments that the Tartars had another Hamilton to scout. Most cite his power potential and defensive capabilities in centerfield as his strongest attributes.
Batting .492 with 6 homeruns, 37 runs batted in and 22 stolen bases, Hamilton helped lead the Tartars to an appearance in the 2A South State Championship series this season. For his efforts, he was tabbed as All-State by the Jackson Clarion-Ledger on Sunday.
While Hamilton has signed to play both baseball and football at Jones County Junior College, he may forego the college experience to sign with the Reds. If both of the Hamilton cousins sign, the team will likely keep the duo together for their first Minor League Baseball experience in either Sarasota, Fla. or Billings, Mont.
That title is misleading. Hamilton hasn't signed yet.