NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Recent Belmont Baseball graduate Derek Hamblen (Plano, Texas) has signed a contract to play with the Kansas City Royals organization. Playing both outfield and infield, he holds more BU career records than any player to come before him, and is now the second Bruin senior to sign a professional contract in 2011. Nate Woods (Cedar Rapids, Iowa) signed with the Florida Marlins earlier this month.
We are very excited Derek is getting this well deserved opportunity," Head Coach Dave Jarvis said. "We're just so proud of him for getting this chance to go on and play at the next level and he has sure earned it after four tremendous years at Belmont."
Hamblen leaves Belmont as the career leader in four out of the nine offensive categories in the Bruins' record book. He recorded 932 at-bats, 212 runs scored, 290 hits, and 71 doubles during his career at Belmont. The captain also cracked the BU top ten in triples (11), home runs (26), and runs batted in (139).
During the Bruins' championship run in 2011, Hamblen set two new single-season Belmont records with 259 at bats and 70 runs scored. He also led BU with 80 hits, 136 total bases, and 26 stolen bases. Hamblen helped lead Belmont to its first ever Atlantic Sun Championship and was named Tournament MVP for his performance. He was also named to the NCAA Regional All-Tournament Team after leading the Bruins to a 2-2 finish in its first ever trip to the NCAA Tournament.
Hamblen graduated from Belmont University this May with a degree in Business Administration. He signed his contract with the Royals this morning and flew out to Burlington, N.C. today to begin his professional career.