In 2010, the Mets 30th round pick was Josh Edgin – the highest round pick to thusfar make it to the majors from that draft class. The pick right before Josh was 29th round selection LHP Hamilton Bennett, chosen 872nd overall out of South Carolina.
Hamilton has posted good numbers in his four years in the Mets organization, rising through the ranks and earned a promotion to AA Binghamton on July 13th, 2013.
2010 was Hamilton’s first year in the organization, which was spent at with the Brooklyn Cyclones (A-) of the New York Penn League. In 19 appearances out of the pen, he went 2-2 with a 3.49 ERA. He pitched 28 1/2 innings, gave up 27 hits, walked 9, struck out 24 and had a WHIP of 1.27.
2011 saw Hamilton start the season with the (A+) Port St. Lucie Mets of the Florida State League and made one appearance before being sent to the (A) Savannah Sand Gnats of the South Atlantic League. In 2011, Hamilton continued his progress and appeared in 35 games with a combined record of 2-0 and a 1.89 ERA and 14 saves. Hamilton pitched 57 innings and allowed 34 hits, walking 15, striking out 57 and had a WHIP of 0.86. Hamilton’s 14 saves for Savannah was 2nd on the team, only behind Josh Edgin.
With a solid 2011 performance under his belt, rose another level up the ranks and spent the 2012 season at (A+) Port St. Lucie. In 41 games out of the pen, Hamilton had another solid season with a 7-2 record and a 2.55 ERA. In 60 innings, he allowed 51 hits, walking 17 while striking out 54 with a WHIP of 1.13.
After the 2012 season, Hamilton represented team Great Britain in the World Baseball Classic Qualifer, where he made one appearance in Regensburg, Germany against team Germany.
2013 saw Hamilton begin the season at Port St. Lucie, and his continued solid play earned him a promotion to Binghamton. At Port St. Lucie, he posted a 3-0 record with a 1.96 ERA and 9 saves in 38 games. After his promotion, he posted a 1-0 record with a 1.46 ERA in 8 games. Combined on the season, Hamilton appeared in 46 games with a 4-0 record and a 1.85 ERA with 9 saves. He pitched 58 1/3 innings, allowed 46 hits, walked 14 and struck out 60 with a 1.03 WHIP.
Hamilton’s been performing for the Mets for 4 seasons now, getting better each step of the way. Good lefty relievers can have long major league careers. While he may not be on the official top prospects lists, if he keeps on putting up numbers like he has in the minors, don’t be surprised if you see Hamliton Bennett on a major league roster someday.