Clayton Hamilton (baseball)

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Clayton Hamilton
Clayton Hamilton, pitcher of the Yokohama BayStars, at Yokohama Stadium.JPG
Born: (1982-06-15) June 15, 1982 (age 35)
Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania
Bats: Right Throws: Right

Clayton Hamilton (born June 15, 1982) an American pitcher for the Yokohama DeNA BayStars. From Penn State University, he was selected by the San Diego Padres in the 17th Round (492nd overall) of the 2004 amateur entry draft. He was signed by scout Josh Boyd.[1] On December 8, 2005, he was sent by the San Diego Padres to the Pittsburgh Pirates as 'player to be named later' in a Nov 21, 2005 trade. On December 6, 2007, he was picked up in the Minor League phase of the Rule 5 Draft by the Texas Rangers (baseball). Clayton split 2008 between the Bakersfield Blaze and Frisco RoughRiders. In 2009, he worked with Frisco and the Oklahoma City RedHawks.

In 2005 Hamilton won the Fort Wayne Wizards' "Pitcher/Prospect of the Year" award,[2] and was selected for the Eastern Division’s All-Star team.[3]

Nippon Professional Baseball League[edit]

In October 2010 Hamilton traveled to Yokohama, Japan to try out with the Yokohama BayStars of the Nippon Professional Baseball League.[4]

In November 2010 Hamilton signed a 1-year contract with the Baystars [5]

Following the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami, Hamilton was allowed to return to the United States while the NPB figured out the fate of the season.[6] Clayton decided to return to Japan after discussions with his family.[7]


  1. ^ Adamski, Chris (June 16, 2004). "Blackhawk grad Hamilton enjoys draft". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved 2009-04-07. 
  2. ^ Coniff, John (October 26, 2005). "Wizards Pitcher/Prospect of the Year". Retrieved 2009-04-07. 
  3. ^ "Six Wizards in the Midwest League All-Star Game". June 7, 2005. Retrieved 2009-04-07. 
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  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-12-07. Retrieved 2011-03-15. 
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-10-05. Retrieved 2011-05-03. 
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