Garrett Hampson, Rockies infielder, making debut; DJ LeMahieu heads to DL
PHOENIX — The future begins now for Garrett Hampson.
The Rockies’ athletic infield prospect, who began the season at Double-A Hartford before moving up the ladder to Triple-A Albuquerque in May, was promoted to the big-league roster on Saturday.
He’ll start Saturday’s game at second base and bat seventh against Arizona as he makes his big-league debut. Hampson will wear No. 7.
Hampson, 23, has big shoes to fill. He was called up to replace the injured DJ LeMahieu, Colorado’s two-time all-star second baseman who was placed on the 10-day disabled list Saturday because of left oblique strain.
To make room for Hampson on the 40-man roster, the club designated infielder Daniel Castro for assignment.
Hampson batted .304, with eight doubles, two triples, four home runs, 18 RBIs and 19 stolen bases in 38 games with the Yard Goats. He was promoted to Triple-A on May 17 and hit .306 with 10 doubles, four triples, four home runs, 21 RBIs and 14 stolen bases in 53 games. In three minor-league seasons, Hampson has batted .314 with 56 doubles, 26 triples, 18 home runs, 150 RBIs and 120 stolen bases.
Hampson, a native of Reno, Nev., was selected by Colorado in the third round of the 2016 draft out of Long Beach State.
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