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Rockies’ Garrett Hampson made a big Double-A impression in little time

Rockies news and links for January 26, 2019

Colorado Rockies: Garrett Hampson has “no ceiling” heading into 2019 | Rox Pile
Garrett Hampson spent a very short time in Double-A in 2018 before his rapid rise to Triple-A and then to the Colorado Rockies. Still, as Kevin Henry of Rox Pile writes, Hampson left a lasting impression on Hartford Yard Goats Manager Warren Schaeffer. Schaeffer said that Hampson is “one of a kind” and “his teammates’ favorite player.”

With 2018’s everyday second baseman DJ LeMahieu headed to the New York Yankees, the Rockies will be relying on a combination of Hampson, Ryan McMahon and perhaps top prospect Brendan Rodgers to man the position in 2019. Schaeffer noted the ability of the organization’s young talent is “a testament” to their farm system.

“We do it because we believe we can compete that way,” he said.

Rockies Insider: Spring training guide with information on dates, tickets, dining and more | The Denver Post ($)
Kyle Newman and Jeff Bailey of The Denver Post offer a preview of spring training, with a focus on the Rockies’ Cactus League venue of Salt River Fields at Talking Stick. Pitchers and catchers report for spring training on February 12 and games begin on February 23. For those hoping to travel to the Scottsdale area for spring training, Newman and Bailey offer information on tickets, hotel locations, dining options and other activities to experience while you’re there.

Inbox: Will Rockies add more offense for 2019? |’s Thomas Harding answers Twitter questions, most of which focus on the possibility of the Rockies adding more offense before the 2019 season begins. While the short answer would be that they probably are not, Harding notes that the Rockies were open to signing Brian Dozier before he inked a contract with the Washington Nationals.

The Bill Ripken F*** Face card, 30 years later | SB Nation
Grant Brisbee of the SB Nation main site dives into the world of baseball cards, including one special Bill Ripken card from 1989 that played an important role in his life.

The Performance Case for DRC+ | Baseball Prospectus
The SABR Analytics Conference will be held from March 8-10 in Phoenix, Arizona. On their website, SABR has listed the finalists for the Research Awards. It is highly recommended that you check out all the links. One that I found particularly interesting was this article on DRC+ from Jonathan Judge of Baseball Prospectus.