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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PHOENIX, AZ – SEPTEMBER 22: Garrett Hampson #1 of the Colorado Rockies throws prior to an MLB game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field on September 22, 2018 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Ralph Freso/Getty Images)
PHOENIX, AZ – SEPTEMBER 22: Garrett Hampson #1 of the Colorado Rockies throws prior to an MLB game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field on September 22, 2018 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Ralph Freso/Getty Images) /

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The strikeout rate rose substantially from 2017 to 2018 for McMahon, as he went from striking out 20.8% of the time to a 31.7% clip. He did have some exciting moments, including a huge walk-off home run versus the Los Angeles Dodgers, but he has not seemed to put it together so far entirely.

Final Thoughts

Moving forward the Rockies would be in a better position overall by making Hampson the starting second baseman come Opening Day, while McMahon is relegated to a super-platoon role. Not to move away from what McMahon can bring to the team, he has shown inconsistencies in his time at the big league level.

Giving Hampson the starting second base job would set him on a course of success early on in his career. McMahon is still someone who can be an integral part of this team, and I do still love what he brings, but he is someone who is better suited at either corner infield position and can spell Nolan Arenado at third to keep Arenado fresh throughout the year.

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Regardless of what the Rockies decide, they are set for the future in the infield for the long haul and fans should be extremely excited for the next decade and how these young guys can continue to propel the club into constant contention.

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