Colorado Rockies: Garrett Hampson has earned the second base role

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MILWAUKEE, WI - OCTOBER 04: Garrett Hampson #1 of the Colorado Rockies slides into home plate to score on a sacrifice fly hits a by teammate Nolan Arenado #28 (not pictured) in the ninth inning of Game One of the National League Division Series against the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park on October 4, 2018 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
MILWAUKEE, WI - OCTOBER 04: Garrett Hampson #1 of the Colorado Rockies slides into home plate to score on a sacrifice fly hits a by teammate Nolan Arenado #28 (not pictured) in the ninth inning of Game One of the National League Division Series against the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park on October 4, 2018 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images) /
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MESA, ARIZONA – MARCH 01: Garrett Hampson #1 of the Colorado Rockies hits a two run home run in the fifth inning of the spring training game against the Oakland Athletics at HoHoKam Stadium on March 01, 2019 in Mesa, Arizona. (Photo by Jennifer Stewart/Getty Images)
MESA, ARIZONA – MARCH 01: Garrett Hampson #1 of the Colorado Rockies hits a two run home run in the fifth inning of the spring training game against the Oakland Athletics at HoHoKam Stadium on March 01, 2019 in Mesa, Arizona. (Photo by Jennifer Stewart/Getty Images) /

Finding his groove

Last season Hampson received a piece of the action at the major league level. He played in 24 games, registering 48 total plate appearances, slashing a relatively solid .275/.396/.400 with a more impressive .355 wOBA and 108 wRC+, respectively. He did not hit a home run; however, he drove in four runs and swiped a couple of bags.

One of the stats which stands out looking at his first time around the league and the sample size is his walk rate. It is true Hampson did strike out at a 25% clip which in and of itself is not horrible. However, the 14.6% walk rate is excellent. As his 24 game sample size does not qualify him for anything regarding his stats, had the walk rate been registered, it would be sitting in the top ten across the league.

Regarding his most valuable asset, the speed, Hampson managed 52 stolen bases over 600 plate appearances while in the minor leagues, and stole 123 bases over his career with an 84% success rate. His speed is on the back half of being considered elite, and while it does not quite reach the multitude of some other base stealers, for Hampson, it is downright impressive. Overall, what Hampson brings to the table is something Rockies fans should be excited about moving into the new season.

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