Rockies manager Bud Black figured that with enough game action, Garrett Hampson’s swing against right-handed pitchers would turn out right.
Hampson tied a career high with four hits as the Rockies completed a three-game sweep of the Rangers, 11-6, Thursday afternoon at Coors Field. However, the right-handed hitting Hampson’s first two hits -- doubles in the first and fourth innings -- were the types the Rockies would love to see more of on Hampson’s resumé as they contemplate his long-term functionality.
The doubles came against Rangers right-handed starter Mike Foltynewicz -- big news considering that Hampson entered the day batting .188 (24-for-128) against righty pitchers. Hampson also came in batting .333, and ranking sixth in the National League with a 1.139 OPS against left-handers. His last two hits were singles off lefty Wes Benjamin.
Hampson, 26, is in many ways exactly what the Rockies envisioned of their third-round 2016 pick out of Long Beach State -- a speedy shortstop in college, but a new-school, multi-position player in the Majors. With Ryan McMahon taking the day off to let left groin tightness heal itself (the Rockies say it isn’t serious), Hampson started at second base. He usually starts in center field, and he has been used everywhere but first base and catcher.