Colorado Rockies: Predicting this year’s September call-ups

WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 15: Brendan Rodgers #1 of the Colorado Rockies and the U.S. Team bats against the World Team during the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game at Nationals Park on July 15, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 15: Brendan Rodgers #1 of the Colorado Rockies and the U.S. Team bats against the World Team during the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game at Nationals Park on July 15, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images) /
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PHOENIX, AZ – JULY 20: Raimel Tapia #15 of the Colorado Rockies gestures as he rounds first base after hitting a grand slam home run against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the seventh inning of an MLB game at Chase Field on July 20, 2018 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Ralph Freso/Getty Images)
PHOENIX, AZ – JULY 20: Raimel Tapia #15 of the Colorado Rockies gestures as he rounds first base after hitting a grand slam home run against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the seventh inning of an MLB game at Chase Field on July 20, 2018 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Ralph Freso/Getty Images) /

Raimel Tapia

Tapia is one of the guys you can be sure to see with the Rockies in September.  His speed and hitting ability will serve as indispensable tools during the final month of the season.  The 24-year-old has put up good numbers in Albuquerque once again in 2018, hitting .299 with 11 homers, 55 RBI, and 20 stolen bases.

Tapia only received one start in his 14 big league games in 2018, so holding his .222 batting average against him would be extremely unfair.

Despite being relegated exclusively to a pinch-hitting role, Tapia still managed to come up with one of the biggest hits of the season when he smacked a pinch hit, go-ahead grand slam off Arizona’s Archie Bradley.

Tom Murphy

Murphy saw success when he got regular playing time with the Rockies, but like Tapia, he struggled when the only at-bats he saw were as a late-game pinch-hitter.

Despite his struggles since returning to Triple-A, Murphy will be back with big league club for the stretch run.

Garrett Hampson

The Rockies’ number 4 prospect, Hampson impressed in two stints with Colorado this season and is likely to return to add speed, infield depth, and a bat off the bench.  In 10 games for Colorado, Hampson hit .273 with an .816 OPS.

In 104 Triple-A and Double-A games in 2018, Hampson has stolen 36 bases and only been caught 5 times.  He’s also shown some pop, hitting a Minor League career-high 10 home runs.

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