Friday Farm Report: Hampson on Fast Track, Promoted to Albuquerque
Garrett Hampson continued his quick rise in the Rockies organization. The Rockies third-round draft choice in 2016 was promoted to Triple-A Albuquerque in only his second full season in pro ball, and made his presence felt in his Thursday debut.
Hampson went 3-for-5 and scored three runs. The middle infielder earned his promotion after hitting .304 with a .391 on-base percentage and .466 slugging percentage at Double-A Hartford. He was leading the Eastern League in stolen bases, succeeding on 19 of 20 attempts, and tied for fourth with 45 hits and 28 runs scored.
Hampson was ranked the No. 8 prospect in the organization before the season started, behind only No. 2 Ryan McMahon and No. 3 Colton Welker among position players. Hampson led minor-league baseball with 113 runs scored and was fourth with 51 stolen bases last year.
A shortstop at Long Beach State, Hampson has worked at second base as well as shortstop in pro ball. He is a possible candidate to take over second base at the big-league level if DJ LeMahieu becomes a free-agent at the end of the season.
In Thursday's Games
AAA Albuquerque (21-20) won 8-2 against Reno. Jeff Hoffman worked 6 2/3 shutout innings, allowing seven hits, striking out 10 and walking one in his strongest effort of the season. Tom Murphy tripled and hit his team-high 11th home run, and Jordan Patterson hit two home runs, giving him 10.
AA Hartford (22-18) won 7-5 against Akron. Brendan Rodgers tied the game with his eighth home run of the season in the sixth inning, and Mylz Jones put the Yard Goats up with a two-run home run later in the inning. Anthony Phillips gave Hartford a first-inning lead with a three-run home run. Akron pitcher Shao-Ching Chang had not allowed a home run in his previous 39 innings. Matt Pierpont earned his Eastern League-leading 10th save.
High A Lancaster (21-20) Tyler Nevin hit a three-run home run in the first, and added two more hits and another RBI, and Forrest Wall had three hits in the Jet Hawks' first three-game sweep of the season. Wall also stole two bases, giving him 18 for the season.
Low A Asheville (14-23) lost 1-0 at Rome. The Tourists were shutout for the fifth time, third time by Rome, an affiliate of the Braves. Casey Golden and Bret Boswell each singled for Asheville's only hits. Antonio Santos fell to 0-5 despite a seven-inning effort marred only by a sixth-inning home run from Juan Carlos Encarnacion.