Garrett Hampson Colorado Rockies

Age: 26 (October 10, 1994) | 5' 11" | 185lbs. | Bats: Right 2B-26 SS-6 OF-26 LF-7 CF-20 DH-1 PH-9 PR-3
Tm Lg YEAR G AB R H BB SO 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BA OBP SLG BB% SO% BABIP G/L/F % $4x4 $5x5
COL A 2017 127 533 113 174 56 77 24 12 8 70 51 14 .326 .387 .462 9 13 .364 n/a
COL AA 2018 38 148 28 45 21 17 8 2 4 15 19 1 .304 .391 .466 12 10 .323 n/a
COL AAA 2018 72 296 53 93 30 58 17 4 6 25 17 4 .314 .377 .459 9 18 .372 n/a
COL NL 2018 24 40 3 11 7 12 3 1 0 4 2 0 .275 .396 .400 15 25 .393 44/20/36 2 1
COL AAA 2019 26 109 15 29 5 25 9 1 2 9 7 2 .266 .310 .422 4 22 .329 n/a
COL NL 2019 105 299 40 74 24 88 9 4 8 27 15 3 .247 .302 .385 7 27 .322 43/19/37 12 11
COL NL 2020 53 167 25 39 13 60 4 3 5 11 6 1 .234 .287 .383 7 34 .330 36/25/39 14 14
COL NL 2021 9 30 8 7 5 7 2 0 0 6 4 1 .233 .324 .300 14 19 .280 29/33/38 2 2
Career 4yrs 191 536 76 131 49 167 18 8 13 48 27 5 .244 .306 .381 8 28 .327 n/a
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Percentiles: Barrel 51 EV 13 xBA 18 xSLG 32 SO 6 BB 27 speed 99
Alex Patton Alex
Mar 15

I'm seeing (as I enter the LABR prices for Thursday's update) that Hampson was nominated in round 14. In other words, it's getting late, as it was in CBS when Phil had to let him go at $9. No doubt a certain statf pick at The Athletic helped push LABR to $15 for Hampson, but it should also be noted that when the room is restrained early, this is what happens late.

Alex Patton Alex
Mar 10

From the Athletic:

https://theathletic.com/2407570/2021/02/24/2021-fantasy-baseball-sleepers-garrett-hampson-j-t-brubaker-and-24-more-staff-picks/

Ron Shandler: Garrett Hampson, COL – Hampson was the Rockies’ No. 8 prospect going into 2018 but has displayed middling skills in his first three MLB seasons. But his speed is a huge asset in today’s SB-starved environment, and while roles will likely be fluid as the Rockies try to figure things out, even a whiff of 550 AB could yield 30 bags. At ADP 256, just keep the vision of the 123 SBs he notched in his three minor league seasons in your back pocket.

GEOFF CRESAP SydThrift
Mar 7
15 in LABR means some are projecting at least 400 AB.
John Thomas Roll2
Mar 7

I would have loved to have added Hampson yesterday in CBS - I'm a fan - but he went up to $9 at a time when that would have really caused me problems elsewhere.  So instead I ended up with Villar at $2.  Fair enough.

What's funny to note is that Hampson and Villar are only about 3 1/2 years difference in age.  It feels like they're about 10 years apart.

Phil Ponebshek Texpope
Feb 24

That expected batting average at Statcast judges the actual batted ball data. And you're right, plenty of people with his speed put the ball in play and run to .300 batting averages. It seems he's pretty consistently struggled with offspeed stuff. The scary thing about last year year is he elevated his line drive rate and saw his batting average (but not his BABIP) go down. That's just weak. 

I don't know how to test the "mess with his approach" hypothesis unless I've seen the guy a ton or he goes to a different situation and recovers. But it's safe to say he's messed up.


Peter Kreutzer Rotoman
Feb 15

I look at Hampson's K and walk rates and wonder if they've been messing with his hitting approach - and if that's what's stalled his development.

In 2018, at AA and AAA, he looked like a pretty good hitter coming up.  Then in his short stint in the majors his BB rate went up, but his K rate went way up - was he told to work the count more?  Then the next 2 years his BB rate cratered while his K rate continued to climb.

One problem is Hampson has the curse of the "medium hit rate" plaguing him.  With his speed, soft hit grounders would turn into more singles (and SB opportunities).  But instead he has a career .231 BA on ground balls, which seems ridiculous for his leg speed.  And that's despite hot having a crazy pull tendency (still hits 25% of the time to the opposite field).

And he has the pop (10% HR/FB ratio) to get the ball out of the park on those rare times he makes hard contact.

But tons of medium hit balls (61% last year) means lots of routine grounders and cans of corn.

He DOES have a .583 BA on bunts.  I'd have him bunting at least once a game.

Phil Ponebshek Texpope
Feb 15

They're going to keep coming for a while. It helps to be asked. Here's a quickie on Hampson, who I thought a lot about while fine-tuning projections:


He was
used as a subsupersub last year,  never
really settling into the various roles he was asked to adopt. What was
exciting about him a few years ago, his speed and occasional pop, has
materialized. In 559 career plate appearances he has 13 homers and 23 steals,
which fantasy owners can certainly use. What hasn't developed, what has
pretty much devolved, is his hitting. His career Statcast expected batting
average is a woeful .225 and he has an equally woeful 26 percent hard hit
rate, well below the league average of 35 percent. Couple that with an
increasing tendency to strike out, a not super number of walks, a defensive
profile that is tolerable at best in the infield (but not bad in centerfield)
and it's easy to imagine that regular playing time is going to be ever more
so difficult to find. On the other hand, the Rockies lineup is a mess of
questions this season. Are veteran stars like Trevor Story and Charlie
Blackmon gonig to stick around? And will marginal young prospects like Josh
Fuentes, Sam HIlliard and Brendan Rodgers (the latter was expected to be a
star) going to hit enough to earn their own full-time at bats? Hampson's
fantasy allure is dulled by what looks like limited chances, but there is a real
chance he'll find 450-500 at bats this year, bringing the steals with just a
bit of pop, which makes him a real tweener.


Peter Kreutzer Rotoman
Feb 15

No Hampson profile, Peter?

Bob Elam Bob-in-TX
Feb 15
Fangraphs: EV 86.3 HardHit 23% HR/FB 13% LD%+ 114 Pull 41% Cent 36% Oppo 23%
Alex Patton Alex
Dec 16 '20