Each spring brings helium to players of intrigue. One of this year’s candidates will be Garrett Hampson . Before reaching for him, be sure to check league settings for his eligibility. Colorado’s been playing him all over the diamond in spring. Hampson’s appeared at second base, shortstop, center field and in left field. While many hope Hampson will be the primary second baseman for the Rockies, he also could morph into a super utility player or their eventual center fielder.

Hampson did get a cup of coffee with the Rockies last year, but he spent most of time split between Double and Triple-A. In 110 combined games in the minors, Hampson scored 81 runs with 10 home runs, 40 RBI, 36 stolen bases and a .311/.382/.462 slash line. Those hunting for stolen bases will be honing in on his 36 steals last year in only 444 at-bats. Over 1,233 career at-bats in the minors, Hampson stole 123 bases of his 146 attempts for an 84 percent success rate.

This spring, Hampson’s been hot with...