There wasn’t much to be all that excited about coming into September. The Colorado Rockies had just finished two absolutely putrid months that were so bad it had most fans turning their full attention to the Denver Broncos (which, to say the least, has been a mistake).
For the fans that stuck around, though, they were able to see quite a few positives come out of September as some of the younger guys found ways to progress and elevate their games, giving hope towards the coming seasons.
Here, we’ll highlight some of the better performances from the Rockies in September. Let’s get at it:
To say Garrett Hampson turned around his season in September would be a massive understatement. He came into September with a woeful wRC+ of 40, a K% sitting at 30.2%, a BB% of only 7.3%, a Hard Hit Percentage of only 26.9% and an fWAR at -0.9. That was a far cry from the Hampson we saw in late 2018 who posted up a wRC+ of 108 and had some key moments to help the Rockies make the postseason.
But thanks to the much-discussed toe tap, we saw an even better version of that Garrett Hampson.
"“That was definitely the main adjustment that just allowed me to be earlier and kind of free up some space inside on the inside pitch and I was able to barrel up a lot more balls,” Hampson told Rox Pile’s Kevin Henry in an exclusive chat after Sunday’s season finale."
In September, Hampson’s wRC+ jumped up to 119. A major part of this was due to his K% dropping from 30.2% all the way to 18.9%. His BB% increased slightly and he did see an increase in power. He also started hitting the ball a little harder as his Hard Hit Percentage jumped to 37.1%.