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.
- 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.
- 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.
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.
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- Mariners, Yankees Finalize Pineda, Montero Deal (newyork.cbslocal.com)
- Yanks pay hefty price to acquire Pineda (mlb.mlb.com)
- Yankees trade Jesus Montero to Mariners for Michael Pineda (fanaticsportsandcards.com)
- Yankees trade Montero for Mariners pitcher Pineda (nypost.com)
- New York Yankees load up, acquire pitchers Michael Pineda and Hiroki Kuroda (thestar.com)
- Report: Yankees acquire Michael Pineda from Mariners for Jesus Montero (aol.sportingnews.com)