The two will likely be part of a catching duo (or trio, as the Rockies have had in years past), but which one will be the true starter? Let’s explore the scenarios of how things will likely shake out heading into Opening Day. The starter As it stands now, there isn’t really a clear frontrunner for official starter.
Hampson seems to be the first focus at CF Before Kevin Pillar was acquired at the trade deadline last year, Garrett Hampson played 20 of his 23 starts as an outfielder. Once Pillar came into the picture, he only played centerfield twice for the rest of the season — neither for a full game. Now with Pillar in New York, Hampson once again appears to be the focus at centerfield.
Giolito allowed no hits and struck out two, while Márquez allowed just three hits (Tim Anderson, Zack Collins, and Leury García). Nothing too exciting was happening in the game — until Yoán Moncada came along. Although it was risky for a spring training game, Moncada made an outstanding catch, diving over the tarp in foul territory.