Former Revolution reliever Hampson called up to Mets
For the second time in franchise history, an alum of the York Revolution has reached the Major Leagues.
Monday morning, left-handed reliever Justin Hampson was promoted from the Triple-A Buffalo Bisons of the International League to the New York Mets, one of a few roster moves resulting from Mets closer Frank Francisco landing on the 15-day disabled list with an oblique strain.
Hampson was a member of the 2010 Atlantic League Champion Revolution, appearing in 11 games out of the bullpen. The following season he joined the Mets organization, pitching all of 2011 in Buffalo, posting a 3.41 ERA in 52 games and 58 innings of relief.
Hampson pitched even better for Buffalo this season. Upon his promotion he had appeared in 28 games, tossing 42 and a third innings, with an ERA over a run better than last season, 2.13. In both seasons with Buffalo combined, Hampson’s strikeout to walk ratio has been better than three to one, with 98 punch outs and only 31 walks since the beginning of 2011.
The Mets are Hampson’s third big league team, and this will be the fourth MLB season he’s pitched in. He appeared in five games for the Colorado Rockies in 2006, 39 games for the San Diego Padres in 2007, and 35 more for San Diego in 2008. Four seasons later, Hampson will make his Major League comeback two seasons removed from playing in York, as the Mets begin a three-game series on Monday at Wrigley Field against the Chicago Cubs.
For his career Hampson holds an impressive 3.38 ERA in the big leagues, in 79 career games. He has 62 strikeouts in 96 Major League innings pitched. Hampson, 32, was originally drafted in 1999 by Colorado.
In the inaugural York Revolution season of 2007, outfielder Tike Redman played the first seven games of the season with the club, before his contract was purchased by the Baltimore Orioles. After going to Triple-A Norfolk, he ended the season in the Majors with Baltimore. While Hampson is the second Revs alum to reach the Majors, the organization currently has a slew of former pitchers in Triple-A. Relievers Scott Rice (Albuquerque, Dodgers), Mike DeMark (Reno, Diamondbacks), and starters Ryan Feierabend (Lousiville, Reds) and Shawn Hill (Las Vegas, Blue Jays) are all a phone call away from a Major League Roster.