Hey guys, not dead or anything, just the annual “well I’m over-saturated on baseball and need to take a long long break from it” that hits me, haha. But I’ve been with you all in spirit <3. I was thinking about the bench for next year, and decided to talk a bit about Eric Campbell, who, as you might know, I've been pounding the drum on for a few months now (at least since mid season). First a little bio/background: Campbell was our 8th round pick in 2008, and hit to a .717 OPS that season in Brooklyn, with a 28/41 BB/K. In 2009, Campbell was sent to Savannah, where he hit .707 with a 48/57 BB/K. From there: 2010 FSL: .335/.415/.500/.915, 57 for 170, 37 runs, 14 2b, 3b, 4 HR, 20 RBI, 21/22 BB/K 2011 EL: .247/.345/.343/.688, 100 for 405, 46 runs, 23 2b, 2 3b, 4 HR, 46 RBI, 54/75 BB/K 2012 EL: .297/.391/.439/.830, 117 for 394, 53 runs, 25 2b, 2 3b, 9 HR, 50 RBI, 58/76 BB/K, 10/15 SBs 2013 PCL: .314/.435/.475/.910, 107 for 341, 61 runs, 25 2b, 3 3b, 8 HR, 66 RBI, 66/60 BB/K, 12/16 SBs Campbell is eligible for the Rule V draft this winter, and almost certainly will be taken if he's not protected. While there are bigger names out there to protect (Steven Matz, Jacob deGrom, Jeffrey Walters), IMO Campbell should also be protected and given a shot to make the bench next spring. Campbell can play all 4 corner positions (1b, 3b, lf, rf), and shows very advanced offensive skills (just look at his BB/Ks). The bench next year could and should look like this: MiF: Ruben Tejada CiF: Eric Campbell OF: Matt den Dekker/Juan Lagares (CF platoon) C: UTIL: some dude who can play infield and outfield, preferably ss and cf if possible.


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