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Garrett Hampson of the Colorado Rockies
DENVER, CO – AUGUST 11: Garrett Hampson #1 of the Colorado Rockies sprints to third base on a triple in the eighth inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Coors Field on August 11, 2020 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images) /

Garrett Hampson hard-hit percentage (23.4 percent): Bottom 2 percent of the league

Garrett Hampson’s game is a lot like Tapia: not a ton of power but very fast. In fact, Hampson is one of the fastest guys in baseball.

But in the major leagues Hampson’s biggest problem: he doesn’t get on base enough. After having a .396 OBP in his rookie campaign of 2018 (26 games), his  OBP has dropped an even 100 points since. And that’s partially because he has hit for much weaker contact in the last two seasons.

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Here’s his hard-hit percentages, league average hard-hit percentage, and his OBP.

  • 2018: 32.1 percent, 34.9 percent, .396 OBP
  • 2019: 26.2 percent, 34.9 percent, .302 OBP
  • 2020: 23.4 percent, 34.9 percent, .287 OBP

In each season, his hard-hit percentage has declined and his OBP has declined along with it. In 2020, that 23.4 hard-hit percentage was in the bottom 2 percent of the league.

Considering that his launch angle has been at or above league average and with his speed, if he can make more hard contact, he can use the vast expanse of the Coors Field outfield to his advantage and get a ton of doubles and triples. He could then become a big force for the Rockies at the top of the lineup for years to come.