Thursday, February 13, 2014

2014 Dirtbag Position Preview: Shortstop

Garret Hampson – Freshman; Bats: Right
Hampson is one of the best position player recruits to make it to Blair Field in recent years. He was one of the top high schoolers in the country a year ago, yet may actually be slightly underrated due to a lack of playing time at major showcase events last year.

A smart student-athlete both on and off the field, Hampson has a line-drive swing with solid gap power/average combo in his bat for a middle infielder and adds good range and excellent hands. He best attribute is his base running and blazing speed, which rated a 70 last spring on the 80-20 scouting scale according to Baseball America.

It's not often a true freshman is able to displace an incumbent senior in the lineup, but Hampson's defensive prowess and last year's shortstop Michael Hill's shaky glovework could allow for the freshman to take over the 6-position, likely bumping Hill to third or DH. The rookie looks like the complete package.

The Daily 49er just published their own intriguing read on Hampson as well. Take a look.