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5/30/1986 (30 y, 8 m, 21 d)
2008 June Amateur Draft - Round: 13, Pick: 19, Overall: 401, Team: Chicago Cubs
$0.5M / 1 Years (2014)
Campana was assigned to minor league camp Monday. (3/28/2016)
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Campana's strong defense in 2011 helped him earn a quick 1.5 WAR playing part-time with the Cubs. If the team manages to trade Alfonso Soriano or Marlon Byrd, Campana becomes a strong candidate for significant playing time in the outfield. His hitting might be weak, but he's got all the speed and instincts to steal 50 bases or more. (Bradley Woodrum)
The Quick Opinion:
If the Cubs find trade partners for Alfonso Soriano and Marlon Byrd, Campana could get significant playing time -- and lots of steals with it.
Campana spent 2012 shuffling between Triple-A and the bigs, and his.264/.308/.299 powerless-slash appeared almost perfectly in line with his 155 plate appearances in 2011. His defense is great, his baserunning is other-worldly, but his playing time prospects are dim. Barring a trade to a team desperate for outfielders, Campana offers only steals to the deepest of deep 5x5 leagues. (
Perhaps feeling in need of yet another strong defensive outfielder with lots of speed potential, the Diamondbacks traded for Campana prior to the 2013 season to add to their already significantly crowded outfield situation. As a result, Campana spent nearly the entire season in Triple-A where he posted a .293/.354/.368 slash line with 32 stolen bases. He kicked in his annual home run with 29 RBI and 65 runs scored, but hitting is neither his strong suit nor what the team expects from him. When he arrived in the majors for a quick cup of coffee, he really didn't show much more than his usual light-hitting ways but did manage to swipe eight bases over 29 games played, increasing his already robust success rate to 89.8% for his career. Heading into 2014, he'll compete for a bench role as the Diamondbacks are still flush with outfielders. His speed definitely gives him an edge, but unless he can vastly improve on his .262/.315/.300 career slash line, he'll likely spend more time at Triple-A and never find himself in the majors as anything more than a pinch-runner/late-inning defensive replacement. (Howard Bender)
The Quick Opinion:
After another season spent mostly in the minors, Campana will enter the 2014 season in much the same way. He'll compete for a bench job, which could be won just on his speed alone, but with four outfielders seemingly locked into jobs already, he may have to bide his time on the farm yet again. Should he land a spot on the 25-man roster, he'll have a bit of value thanks to his career 89.8% stolen base success rate, but without regular playing time, that value will be limited to the deepest of leagues.
"This is the tale, of Tony Campana," is a statement that rhymes with something once sung by Lonely Island. As measured by wins above replacement, Campana was some kind of disaster last season. The no-power lefty has the speed and athleticism to snag 25 or 50 plate appearances a year, but he's best viewed as a pinch runner. Fantasy owners might target him for a waiver wire steal or two late in the season. (Brad Johnson)
The Quick Opinion:
Campana has seemingly cemented his role as a pure pinch runner. Without power or superlative defense, he'll mostly be used as a 28th man.
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