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Thursday, February 14, 2019

2019 FANTASY BASEBALL DRAFT SLEEPER: GARRETT HAMPSON SS COLORADO ROCKIES

An annual tradition when it comes to spring fantasy baseball drafts is for the playing community to go all ga-ga over any young Colorado Rockies hitting prospect which is a tradition that has gone back to almost since the opening of Coors Field.  Given the annual offensive bonanza that hitters whose home base is Coors help bestow on lucky fantasy baseball owners, this habit makes complete sense in every way.  So each spring we all fight over Tom Murphy or David Dahl no matter the cost as we have visions of the next young Carlos Gonzalez or Charlie Blackmon on our hands.  Enter in 24-year-old Rockies shortstop prospect Garrett Hampson who likely will be the next in line in terms of being a highly targeted sleeper this spring given his team and also for his speed-oriented skills that are becoming in very short supply each year. 

So in terms of Hampson and his ability, the former third-round pick really put himself on the prospect map in 2018 when he first put up a 4 home run/19 stolen base/.304 line at Double-A and then followed that up with a 6/17/.314 slash respectively at Triple-A.  Those swell numbers enabled Hampson to get the call to Colorado during the later portion of the season where he more than held his own as he hit .275 in 40 at-bats with another 2 stolen bases.  Taking altogether, Hampson hit 10 home runs and stole 38 bases while serving as a batting average asset in doing a fairly good Whit Merrifield impersonation.  We all know how valuable Merrifield has been the last two seasons as he led MLB in steals in each campaign and so that gives you an idea of what Hampson is capable of doing if he can get make the team out of spring training.  With very good walk rates and decent enough strikeout numbers in the minors, Hampson could very well approach a .280/10-home run/40-steal season if all breaks right.  Since Hampson is actually a bit off the radar even for being a property of Colorado, this is one guy you may want to stash for your second-half of the draft this spring.

2019 PROJECTION:  .278 8 HR 74 R 56 RBI 28 SB  


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