Bradley Bonte Hawpe is a professional baseball player from the United States of America and plays as a right fielder in the outfield. Hawpe went to the Boswell High School and played at first base while also pitching on occasions. He won the Texas 4A State Championships during his high school tenure.
Hawpe went on to attend the Louisiana State University where he was an influential member of the 2000 College World Series winning team of the LSU Tigers. This win came after Hawpe had been picked by the Toronto Blue Jays in the 47th round of the 1998 MLB Draft. Hawpe, at that point, had refused to sign and decided to continue with college and was confident that the College World Series title would certainly up his value.
In 2000, he entered the MLB Draft again and this time round, he was picked by the Colorado Rockies in the 11th round. Hawpe decided to forego the remainder of his college years and sign up with the team.
Hawpe began his professional career at the Portland Rockies in the Low A-League. He played 68 games and had 205 at-bats to hit 7 home runs and 29 RBI. The following year, Hawpe was promoted to the Asheville Tourists where he batted at .267 although he raised his home run count to 22 with 72 RBI.
In 2002, Hawpe kept progressing through the minor leagues to play with the Salem Avalanche in the Advanced A-League. 22 home runs and 97 RBI later, his .347 batting average would take him into the AA-League with the Tulsa Drillers in 2003. Hawpe played 93 games with the Drillers and batted at .277, hitting 17 home runs on his way to a AAA-League spot in 2004.
The Colorado Springs Sky Sox saw an in-form Hawpe batting at .322 as he hammered 31 home runs in 345 at-bats. 86 RBI later, he was called up to the Major League squad with the Rockies where he played 42 games to add to his 92 with the Sky Sox. Batting at .248 through the remainder of the MLB season, Hawpe hit 3 homers and 9 RBI.
2005 began at Colorado Springs for Hawpe and he was determined to get to the Rockies as quick as he could. With 11 RBI and 3 home runs in just 28 at-bats, Hawpe was batting at .464 after just 7 games and that’s when the call-up came from the Rockies. Hawpe got his first opportunity to become a regular in the Major League squad and he did so with aplomb.
101 games in the MLB, was what he got for the 2005 season. Hawpe ended the season with a .262 batting average and 9 home runs with 47 RBI. The following year, Hawpe just got better as he batted at .293 while hitting 22 home runs and 84 RBI. His fielding also improved as he led the MLB right fielders in terms of assists, with 16, as well as in fielding percentage, with .987.