Thus ends my fantasy baseball rookies series.  Starting on Monday, I will be releasing into the wild my fantasy baseball sleepers (unless there’s some big trade involving a team that rhymes with Mess). I hope my sleepers don’t immediately turn around and start humping a lamp post. I’ve taught you better, sleepers, don’t embarrass me.  For my last rookie to highlight, I was between Garrett Hampson and Peter Alonso.  Can you guess which one I chose? Briefly about the process, I like to highlight guys who I am eventually going to include in my top 500 overall for 2019. Honestly, I think I’m going to include both Hampson and Alonso, so I will go over Alonso in my rankings when we get around to those in January.  In the end, it was between a Rockies hitter and a Mets hitter, so anyone with any sense in their head would’ve done the same as me.  So, what can we expect from Garrett Hampson for 2019 fantasy baseball?

I could say SAGNOF and then talk about how Guy Frieri is Satan for a few hundred words, but Hampson is so much more. Before we get into ‘how much more’ he is, I want to quickly touch on why I’m not overly excited about him.  Yes, I received consent first, thanks for asking.  I have two words for you: Raimel Tapia.  Two more: Ryan McMahon.  How about the two words:  David Dahl?  Anyone ever put together the two words:  Tom Murphy, with the other two words:  playing time?  Garrett Hampson saw 40 ABs last year in 24 games.  He had six-tenths of an at-bat a game?  Wow, the Rockies HAVE committed to him!  If I were to run into 2013 Grey Albright in some kind of weird time vortex, while dining out with that new babe Dr. Who, and 2013 Grey were to ask me, “Is Nolan Arenado going to get playing time as a rookie?”  I’d say no, even while knowing that he does get playing time, because I have so little faith in the Rockies.  Maybe the Rockies will shock me with Hampson; I hope so.  (By the way, I have even less faith in Peter Alonso getting at-bats, but that’s for another day.)  Why do we even care about Garrett Hampson if he were to get playing time?  He could steal 50 bags with 10 homers while hitting .290.  I just gulped real hard.  As Romans 8:31 says, “If a 10-homer, 50-steal guy is with us, who can be against us?”  It goes on to say, “Make sure to get the thin crust.”  Wait, that’s Noble Roman’s pizza at $8.31 with tax.  In Coors, you can never be so sure about who will get to double digit homers and a solid average.  When you throw in a guy who is as fast as Hampson, he’s on my radar, and should be on yours too, even if I’m realistically expecting under 300 ABs.  The always-conservative Steamer gives Hampson 60/8/57/.291/25 in 486 ABs.  There is literally nothing conservative about any of those stats.  Also, for those who haven’t checked out our Prospect-o-Nator that gives stats for every conceivable rookie, and it loves Hampson, putting him above Vladimir Guerrero Jr.  As they say in the Land of Onomatopoeia, that takes the R out of boring!  I will be drafting Hampson in every league where he’s available, but I strongly suspect he’s going to be filling out box scores in the minors with Tapia, Murphy, McMahon, Rodgers and every other promising Rockies player, while they bat Matt Holliday third.  For 2019, I’ll give Garrett Hampson the projections of 48/4/44/.254/14 in 274 ABs with a chance for much, much more.  Actually, three much’s more.  That’s mucho much’s.

  1. Dave D says:
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    Am I really the first to post? Ante, where are you?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha, yeah, I messed up when I scheduled, the post just went live at 7 AM

      • Dave D says:
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        @Grey:

        No worries. You are forgiven. I loved the holy book quotation too. I strongly believe the man upstairs enjoys baseball and has a few fantasy teams of his own. I bet he is perplexed as to why his Friars offered a fallen Angel $15 mil guaranteed though. Seems dubious

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha, I wrote something similar for Richards that I will eventually post when a larger trade or signing happens — an aging Angel becomes a Padre, seems as God wanted it

          • Dave D says:
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            @Grey:

            That sounds brilliant. Aberrant minds think alike?

            There are plenty of brilliant titles I imagine youll never be able to use. Just think of the possibilities if/when Trout departs Anaheim

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Apparently! Haha, Trout’s going down with the ship in Anaheim, for better or worse

              • Dave F says:
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                @Grey:

                Better to go down with the ship than stick with the Schoop.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Ha, true!

  2. Wally Pipp says:
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    At least 2 of the guys you mentioned so far this offseason have been made up names right?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I make up every third name, so I think that’s 3 total

  3. Eric says:
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    Blackmon or Trev Bauer in a dynasty?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Tough call, I think I’d lean Bauer, though always hitter is usually the way forward when close, but Blackmon’s getting old

      • Eric says:
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        @Grey: My feelings exactly. Thanks Grey

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  4. Jon says:
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    Cano or Matt Chapman for 2019?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Chapman, but prolly close

  5. Fungazi 2.0 says:
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    Must be rough day for you. Being the end of Movember and all and knowing thousands of mo’s will be gone tomorrow.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Bunch of poseurs!

  6. Wan says:
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    Grey, I was proposed this deal in a keeper league. 12 team H2H, 10 keerers.

    I trade Belinger and Turner 4 Serevino, Abreu, Blackmon.

    My line up right now
    Sano
    albies
    turner
    suarez
    mazara
    hicks
    belinger
    moncada
    Glyber torres
    Snell

    Potetial Line up
    Abreu
    albies
    torres
    Suarez
    Blackmon
    Hicks
    Mazara
    Moncada
    Snell
    Serevino

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Don’t love it

  7. Crime Dog says:
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    Grey! It’s been a while. New job, new city, been busy and no more baseball for a few months. Sleepers!! Can’t wait. Those posts did me a lot of good last year.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nice! Where you at now?

      • Crime Dog says:
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        @Grey: Denver like everyone else. My fiance got moved with her company. Living right by Coors field, so excited about that.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Nice! Congrats!

  8. JY says:
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    Just got offered Berrios for Kyle Tucker, my head tells me take Berrios but my horrible love for prospects won’t let me pull the trigger. Also, my team needs pitching bad and OF is fine. I guess I’m asking if this is good value for Tucker or should I hold out for a better pitcher.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I think you can do better, but, honestly, that’s not awful

      • JY says:
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        @Grey: thanks for the response, yeah that’s exactly how I feel, I do like having as many AL Central pitchers as possible right now too

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  9. Harley Earl says:
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    Nice piece of Hampson. I think it’s very realistic.

    Hampson will need to tear up spring training and come out of the gate balls to the wall in April —- much like Story did three years ago — if he wants to secure his spot in the lineup. That’s a lot to ask of anybody.

    Still, I hope your’re wrong and Hampson piles up the stats and gets 600 ABs!!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, I hope I’m wrong too! I’d love to see Hampson leadoff and get 600 ABs… There’s non-zero chance of it happening, so that’s good…

  10. Ante Galic says:
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    Grey!!!!

    Late to the show, but then again y’all were late too so there’s that.

    a. Love me some Hampson. Had him this year, will have him next year too.

    b. Found my quote for next year if you approve. Drum roll please……..Abbott and Costello quote of the day. What do you think? A lot of material available.

    c. Mark Twain quote of the day for November 30

    1. It was a comfort to sit and contemplate the majestic panorama of mountains and valleys spread out below us and eat ham and hard boiled eggs while our spiritual natures reveled alternately in rainbows, thunderstorms and peerless sunsets. Nothing helps scenery like ham and eggs. Ham and eggs and after this a pipe, an old rank delicious pipe. Ham and eggs and scenery, a downgrade blind coach of fragrant pipe and a contented heart. These make happiness. It’s what all the ages have struggled for.

    2. My dear mother, the country is fabulously rich in gold, silver and copper, lead, coal and iron, and quicksilver, thieves, murderers and desperadoes, lawyers, Christians, Indians, Chinamens, Spaniards, gamblers, sharpers, coyotes, preachers, and jack-ass rabbits!

    3. After the sage brush and alkali deserts of Nevada, San Francisco was a paradise to me. I lived at the best hotel, exhibited my clothes in the most conspicuous places, infested the opera. I attended private parties in sumptuous evening dress, simpered and aired my graces like a born bow and polkaed with a depth peculiar to myself – and the kangaroo!

    d. Have a nice weekend, mensch!

    Cheers,
    Ante

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ante! Sorry, I missed up the scheduling, so it wasn’t you who’s late, I was late to post this morning… B. I love them, if there’s enough material, I think that’s a great idea! C. So close to the quote I was thinking of! D. You too!

      • Ante Galic says:
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        @Grey: Grey!!

        a. Actually have a crush on Hampson. Hope he doesn’t disappoint me.

        b. Sorry being late. I looked as always do with bated breath at 03h00 EST (that’s 09h00 Paris time). No Grey at 03h00 EST, 04H00 EST and 05h00 EST. So I said, nah he won’t be around. No idea why I checked in, but then all of your patients check in sooner or later right?

        c. So close to the quote! Damn, I’m not going to get to the quote on time! Oh well, it’s been such a pleasure discovering new stuff about Twain. Thank you and all your gentle readers for that.

        d. Ok, so here’s a sample Abbott and Costello quote for your enjoyment. (Don’t worry it’s not the Who’s on First quote.)

        Costello: ‘Maybe he’s over in my suit.’

        Abbott: ‘Costello! Not in your suit, your suite.’

        Costello: ‘You’re cute too, Abbott. I like you too.’

        Cheers,
        Ante

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          A. Same! B. Haha, yeah, I goofed on the time scheduling of the post C. Thank you! D. Haha, I love them! You should use them…

  11. LenFuego says:
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    Looks like I will miss the Hampson train. In my 12 team roto, I have Whitfield, Mondesi, JoRam, Acuna, Bregman and Haniger as keepers … those guys alone would have finished 1st in steals.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, you won’t need him

  12. BT says:
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    I’ve got Hampson and Mondesi to go with Corey Seager, Bogey and Altuve. 5×5 H2H Dynasty, what you say, keep Mondesi or Hampson? Mondesi makes me nervous as all hell.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Keep Mondesi

  13. Harley Earl says:
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    Not about Hampson, but there’s one less hurdle for Hiura to clear now with Schoop getting non-tendered. Fangraphs boosted Hiura’s in-game power from 45 preseason to 60 now. That’s insane. The kid can hit for sure. If he hits for that kind of power, watch out!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I saw that on Schoop… Great news for Hiura, but they also re-signed Hernan… Maybe Hiura gets a chance in March, I hope so…

      • Harley Earl says:
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        @Grey: I’m of the opinion that a June or July call-up is much more likely. However, I do like your optimism!!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, fingers crossed, but July is realistic

          • Harley Earl says:
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            @Grey: Yeah, sorry but my reply made it sound like I was putting words in your mouth. I know you think the same thing. Still, we can definitely hope for a big March!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Totally!

  14. Jake says:
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    Tapia is out of options.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Praise be! Hopefully he has a job too, and is not a 4th OF

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