While it's unclear whether or not a Boise Hawk will crack the Rockies major league roster for the 2018 season, former Hawks have certainly been pushing the envelope in the early-goings of Spring Training.
Yonathan Daza, a Boise Hawk in 2015, is a name that continues to impress at Rockies camp. Daza is 5-12 at the plate in his seven games played. That includes a double, triple, an RBI and two runs scored. He's also managed to swipe a bag.
The right handed bat from Maracay, Venezuela saw himself in a Hawks uniform for just 16 games in 2015 before earning a call-up to Asheville. In those 16 games with Boise, the numbers jumped off the page: a .418 average in 68 at bats, 18 runs scored, seven doubles, two triples, and two home runs. That was good for a slugging percentage of .672. Daza was also the Northwest League Player of the week to start the month of July in 2015.
Since signing as a 17-year old in 2011, Daza has been able to hit the baseball everywhere he's gone in the Rockies pipeline. In 2017, he also flashed his speed by tallying 31 stolen bases with Lancaster.
While his bat continues to look more than confident, it's Daza's tools in the field that have impressed scouts. Here's a quick excerpt from last July written by Baseball Census Bobby DeMuro: Undoubtedly, Daza's best, most projectable tool is his throwing arm. His accuracy is inconsistent, but he's got a legitimate cannon in the outfield and gets great carry on his throws.
The chances of Daza snagging a corner outfield spot at Coors Field late next year are not out ot the realm of possibility, especially considering Carlos Gonzalez is still on the free agent market.
Another name that may be a little more fresh on the brain for Hawks fans is Garrett Hampson. The third round pick out of Long Beach State spent his entire 2016 season with Boise, and so far as a non-roster invitee at Rockies spring camp, the righty is 3-10 with four RBI's, three stolen bags and two runs scored.
He also has shown his versatility in the field, playing at second, third and shortstop for the big-league club. In 2016, Hampson was a Northwest League All-Star with Boise and he stole a whopping 36 bases to go along with his 44 RBI's and .301 average.
Hampson checks in at number eight on MLB.com's Top 30 Prospects for the Rockies and is ranked ninth among all second base prospects in baseball.
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