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New York Yankees: Introducing Prospect Jose Campos

Jose Campos will have his personal cheering section this week. (Shari Sommerfield/MiLB.com)

In the midst of all the hysteria surrounding the Michael Pineda-Jesus Montero trade, the name Jose Campos might have gotten lost in the shuffle.

Campos was the other pitcher the New York Yankees received from the Seattle Mariners in the blockbuster trade.

The 19-year-old righty has only been in the minors for two years, and so far the reports are mixed about Campos’s potential.

POSITIVES:

  • Campos has the perfect pitcher’s frame at 6’4 and 200 lbs.
  • He throws a low-mid 90’s fastball, which he can locate; it can reach almost 100 mph.
  • Has a decent slider that is getting better and is developing into another plus pitch.
  • Has mound presence and displays confidence in tough situations at a very young age.
  • Seattle fans were not stoked to let this kid go.
  • Works hard and continues to take solid steps forward.

NEGATIVES:

  • Will Campos keep working hard on improving; and is he able to adapt easily?
  • Some scouts say he doesn’t use his legs and throws too much from his arm. This can cause rotator-cuff issues, and a build up of shoulder scar tissue.
  • His curveball is a mess, and needs to either get a different pitch or fix it so hitters actually swing at it.

Last year, Campos made 14 starts for the Mariners in Single-A ball. He posted a 5-5 record, with a 2.32 ERA, giving up 21 earned runs, four homers and walked 13 batters. Campos also struck out 85 batters and pitched a total of 81 innings in 2011.

DIGGING THROUGH MIXED OPINIONS:

Campos could have a lot of Major League potential, but that can’t really be confirmed just yet.

Once the Yankees get a hold of Campos I am sure they will get a better idea of his potential.

Judging a pitcher at 19-years-old is a little premature, as a player could still be growing in size.

Campos has to change his throwing style, and start to use his legs more if he wants to stay a starter. If he struggles moving him to the bullpen is very possible.

I think this kid has big upside, especially since many have Campos’s ranking third, only behind Manny Banuelos and Dellin Betances, out of the Yankees top pitching prospects.

Over at the Bullpenbanter.com Campos is ranked ahead of Betances, which is questionable considering experience and age.

And the Yankeesource.com reported that one scout had this to say, “he may be better than Pineda, Noesi or Montero.”

The jury on Campos will have to wait, as only time will tell about his future but without question he is definitely one to keep a close eye on.

3 Comments

  1. alcan says:

    You have to make similar assestments with all 19 year old pitchers. having a heavy mid 90's fastball making it difficult for batters to square up and being able to pin point his fastball in the inside corner is part of a scouting report on Campos from 8/2011

    he is very confident on the mound and likes to throw strikes… has a working slider with lots of movemnt on the end to compliment his FB… his slider is consider a plus.

    You can view a vid of Campos on youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IRp3DGBy68U&fe

  2. Tanned Tom says:

    A 6.5 to 1 ratio of KOs to BBs is fantastic, at any level. 4 HRs in 81 innings? Also a great stat. This kid shows real promise. I like Pineda for Montero, but I love the Campos for Noesi part of the deal. Swapping a player with back of the rotation potential for Campos is a steal.

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