DENVER – When Garrett Hampson reported to the Rockies major league camp in Scottsdale in February at the start of the 2018 season, he was a 23-year-old infielder who had never played professional baseball above Class A.

By October, he was on Colorado’s playoff roster and a key player off the bench, scoring what would be the final run of the season for the Rockies.

He began his pro career playing alongside friend, teammate, and Rockies top prospect Brendan Rodgers, Hampson drove in seventy runs from atop the lineup for the Lancaster JetHawks, batting .326 with 51 stolen bases, second-most in the organization.

Even with his selection to the California League end-of-year All-Star Team at second base, it seemed an unlikely prediction that an infield prospect from High-A would make such an impact in 2018 to earn a spot on the postseason roster, particularly one already so replete with stars at his various positions.

Less than two years removed from college, the Long Beach State University product was impressing coaches enough to be invited to major league camp in Scottsdale at the Salt River Field baseball complex.

At the end of spring, Hampson reflected on this experience with Colorado’s trio of talented infielders as he continued to develop his skills in the upper levels of the minor leagues.

“It was fun to see how the big leaguers act, how they go about their business, especially the great ones, like Arenado and Story or LeMahieu,” he told BSN Denver. “I learned so much from them every day, picking their brains. I was really fortunate to be with those guys and I had a really great time.”

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