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Lavigne returns to New Hampshire

Bedford High School graduate Grant Lavigne will be back in New Hampshire this week when the Hartford Yard (7-7) Goats play a six-game series against the New Hampshire Fisher Cats (8-7) in Manchester that begins Tuesday night.

Lavigne, a first baseman, is hitting .267 (12-for-45) with a .365 on-base percentage, and a .422 slugging percentage. He has four extra-base hits and five RBIs.

The highlight of Lavigne’s season came last Saturday, when he hit a three-run home run and had an RBI triple in a 5-1 victory over Reading.

According to, Lavigne, 23, is the No. 19 prospect in the Rockies’ organization. He spent the second half of last season with Hartford after being promoted from High-A Spokane, and hit .245 with a .351 on-base percentage and a .374 slugging percentage in 57 games (208 at-bats) with the Yard Goats. He had 14 extra-base hits (five home runs), 24 RBIs, 32 walks and struck out 66 times.

The Rockies chose Lavigne out of Bedford High School with the 42nd overall selection in the 2018 MLB draft. He committed to play college baseball at Wake Forest, but elected to sign with the Rockies instead. Although he played some outfield early in his career, he is now anchored at first base.


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