Former San Diego Padres reliever Justin Hampson has been called up to the Mets. A one-time Revs reliever who briefly pitched for York in 2010, Hampson had been pitching for Triple-A Buffalo the last two seasons.
Hampson appeared in 11 games for York during the 2010 championship season. He was signed in late May and released after York won the first-half title in early July. York released him after he went 1-0 with a 4.96 ERA. He had walked nine batters in 16 innings of relief. He also spent time with Long Island (posting an 11.25 ERA) that season. Hampson pitched in just 15 games in all of 2010, and just four games the year before. Coming off shoulder surgery in 2009, Hampson was likely never 100 percent healthy during his brief time in the Atlantic League.
Hampson (4-2, 2.13 ERA) had struck out 42 in 42 1/3 innings of work this season in Triple-A Buffalo. He returned to affiliated baseball last season, posting a 3.41 ERA in 52 games for Triple-A Buffalo. Hampson made his major league debut with the Colorado Rockies in 2006. He pitched for the Padres in 2007 and 2008. Four seasons later, Hampson will make his big league comeback. The Mets begin a three-game series on Monday at Wrigley Field against the Chicago Cubs.
Hampson is the second former Revs player to return to the big leagues. He’s the third player to wear a Revs uniform before returning to the big leagues.
In the Revs’ inaugural season in 2007, outfielder Tike Redman played the first seven games of the season with York before his contract was purchased by the Baltimore Orioles. After going to Triple-A Norfolk, he ended the season in the majors with Baltimore.
Not the ideal feel-good story for the Atlantic League, Hampson didn’t use the Atlantic League to spark his comeback or prove he still had something left. Redman excelled during his brief time in the Atlantic League, earning a deal with the O’s after flashing some speed and ability with the bat in indie ball. Hamspon, meanwhile, needed time away from the game to make his comeback. His story is much like that of pitcher Shane Loux, who pitched for York in spring training 2007. One of the last cuts in spring by the Revs during their inaugural season, Loux looked better than several of the York pitchers that made the 2007 team. But there seemed to be concern that he was not healthy enough to pitch. A former big leaguer with the Tigers, he sat out he remainder of 2007. But he returned to baseball in 2008, and reached the major leagues with the Angels later that season. Loux has spent most of his career since York pitching in Triple-A or for big league clubs, including time spent with the San Francisco Giants this season.
While Hampson is the second Revs alum to reach the Majors, the organization currently has several 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.