Counting Down Top 30: No. 8 Garrett Hampson
8 Garrett Hampson, 2B/SS/CF
BA Grade: Grade/Risk
Tool Grades: Batting: 55, Power 40, Run 60, Arm 50, Field 55, Overall 55
Born: Oct. 10, 1994. B-T: R-R. Ht.: 5-11. Wt.: 185. Drafted: Long Beach State, 2016 (3rd round). Signed by: Matt Hattabaugh.
Track Record: Hampson has an impressive resume. He won the 9/10-year-old division of the Pitch, Hit and Run competition at the 2005 All-Star Game in Detroit, and is line to follow fellow Long Beach State shortstops Bobby Crosby, Troy Tulowitzki, Danny Espinosa and Matt Duffy to the bit leagues. A third-round draft in 2016 he made the jump to High-A without hesitation last season after leading the short-season Northwest League in triples, walks and stolen bases in his pro debut in 2016. He led the Cal League with 12 triples, was second with a .326 average and second with 51 stolen bases behind teammate Wes Rogers..
Scouting Report: Hampson is a high speed player who understands the need to get the ball on the ground and let his speed take over. He has shown improved plate discipline (.387 on-base percentage was third in the Cal League). He can drive the ball in the gap. He signed as a shortstop and while his arm is a little short he could play there because of his range and reaction. Second base, however, has become his primary position in pro ball, and he was given exposure in center field last year and there is one school of thought that could be his eventual home.
The Future: Hampson is a catalyst at the top of the lineup. The luxury is he can play three positions, which opens ways to get him into a lineup. With DJ LeMahieu headed into a free agent season it wouldn’t be a surprise if the Rockies pushed Hampson this year, getting him to Triple-A by mid-season at least to see if he could be ready to step in.