Eric Campbell continues to build a strong case for a spot on the Mets bench, especially in light of the continued struggles of first baseman Josh Satin who is batting .158 in limited play and spot starts.
Campbell, who was named the Pacific Coast League player of the week on Tuesday, is tearing it up at Triple-A Las Vegas where he is hitting .340 with a .426 on-base and .509 slugging percentage. In 122 plate appearances, Campbell has nine doubles, three home runs, a league-leading 26 runs scored, and 22 RBIs.
Campbell, 27, was signed by the Mets in the 8th round of the 2008 June Amateur draft and has played his entire minor league career with the organization.
This past spring he was invited to big league camp and truly impressed by batting .318 (14 for 44), with eight runs, six doubles, a home run and four walks.
In addition to just a bigger bat, another advantage Campbell has over Satin is his versatility. Predominantly used as a first baseman this season, Campbell has also logged eight games at second base, played all three outfield positions, and had a few starts at third.
Campbell is red-hot right now, going 16-for-44, with a home run and 10 RBI while slashing at .364/.451/.974 in his last ten games.
I would imagine that Satin is currently on a very short leash and unless he breaks out of his funk soon, the Mets could have Campbell ready to join the team in the next 4-7 days.
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