Rose State College witnessed one of the most dominant seasons in school history, and perhaps the most dominant in the National Junior College Athletics Association (NJCAA) as Rose State’s Jake Hamilton led the NJCAA in strikeouts and strikeouts per game. The sophomore slinger can now add a couple of new accomplishments to his list accolades for this season as Hamilton was named was named an NJCAA Honorable Mention All-American Team selection.
Hamilton capped off this special season with another milestone, being selected in the 21st round of the 2019 Major League Baseball draft by the Texas Rangers. Hamilton is the first Rose State College player to be selected in the MLB draft since 2006.
Jake Hamilton, the sophomore slinger from Silo, OK, finished the 2019 season with 6-1 overall record on 12 appearances. He logged 137 strikeouts in 73 1/3 innings pitched, with a 2.70 ERA. Hamilton’s impressive season also includes eight games with double-digit strikeouts, including a 17-strikeout shutout against Seminole State College on April 11.
Hamilton attributes much of his success this season to maturing in his approach to the game.
“Coming in to this season, I knew I was capable of have a great year,” said Hamilton. “I grew a lot in my approach between my now and my first year, and I think that’s what made the difference.”
Hamilton is quick to recognize his teammates on the successful, mentioning he’s grateful he was just able to contribute to the success of the team.
“Hamilton was arguably the most dominant pitcher in the NJCAA this past season,” said Coty Cooper, incoming Executive Director of Athletics at Rose State College.
The 2019 Raiders boasted their best season in six years, finishing with a 24-22 overall record and a regional tournament appearance.
Prior to the MLB Draft, Hamilton signed a letter of intent to continue his collegiate career with Wichita State University.