Because of the length of his suspension, and the terms of the drug policy, Hamilton could have failed two or more drug tests after being put into the program.

As a high school senior, Hamilton ran the 60-yard dash in 6.7 seconds and was clocked at 97 miles per hour (156 km/h) on the mound.

After hitting .529 in 25 games with 13 home runs, 20 stolen bases, 35 runs batted in (RBIs), and 34 runs scored, Hamilton was widely considered one of the top two prospects for the 1999 MLB draft, along with Josh Beckett, a Texas high school product.

Joshua Holt Hamilton (born May 21, 1981) is an American professional baseball outfielder who is currently a free agent.

He stands 6 feet 4 inches (1.93 m) tall and weighs 240 pounds (110 kg).

Josh Hamilton was the first overall pick in the 1999 MLB draft by the Tampa Bay Devil Rays.

He was considered a blue chip prospect until injuries and a drug addiction derailed his career, beginning in 2001.

Hamilton began the 2002 season with the Bakersfield Blaze, batting .303 with nine home runs and 44 RBIs in 56 games before his season came to an end due to lingering toe and neck injuries.

The Devil Rays noticed a change in Hamilton and reacted by sending him to the Betty Ford Center for drug rehabilitation.

He was also selected to the South Atlantic League All Star game and took home MVP honors after 2–6 with two triples and two runs scored.

Prior to the 2001 season, Hamilton was involved in an automobile accident.

Prior to the 2007 season, Hamilton was selected by the Chicago Cubs (picking for the Reds) in the Rule 5 draft.