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Terry Collins may call on Eric Campbell to be 6-position utility player

Thursday against the Dodgers, Mets infielder Eric Campbell started in left field for the first time in his professional career.

He had a sacrifice fly and later made a sensational catch, initiating a double play, in the eighth inning. >> Watch it here

Since being promoted on May 10, spanning 22 plate appearances, the 27-year-old rookie is batting .368, despite going hitless in three at bats on Thursday.

“I’m going to play this guy in the middle of the infield one of these days, too, because if he can play there, he’s got a chance to get a lot of at-bats,” Terry Collins said after beating the Dodgers late Thursday. “He played there in Vegas.”

Campbell got time at all four infield positions, as well as right and left field, at Triple-A this year before joining the Mets.

He told reporters that he is confident he can handle playing middle infield at the big-league level.

“I’m sure it’d be fine,” he said (ESPN, May 23). “It’s just fielding a groundball and throwing it to first.”

Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer

He got the team’s attention in Spring Training, traveling with them right up until final cuts. They love his bat. And, how can you blame them? So far, he’s looked terrific. He covers the plate well and makes good contact. He’s been around the block, playing seven seasons in the minor leagues. He’s 27, which is a notorious break-out season for players. It’s rare a guy comes up and sticks. But, who knows? It happens, and as long as he’s hitting he should keep playing.

He’s a natural third baseman, pegged as being a ‘corner guy,’ be it first, third, left or right. He can stand at second and shortstop. By no means do I think he’s an every-day middle infielder. I’m not even sure he can be a consistent, reliable back-up middle infielder. But, he knows the position, he knows where to stand, where to be, etc., and he can do it in a pinch. So, again, as long as he’s hitting, I like the idea of using him in the old school, multi-position, at least one-or-two at bats a game-type utility guy.




85 comments
Irving A. Gonzalez Ramirez
Irving A. Gonzalez Ramirez

I was on the campbell bandwagon since spring. Since mid march he looked like the better option at first over ike, duda and satin.

WoodsideNative
WoodsideNative

Right now he should be starting ahead of Chris Young and Duda. 

stage52
stage52

No position is safe from Collin's and his screwed up logic .

ctsteve
ctsteve

Typical Terry Collins-Sandy Alderson-Wilpon philosophy.  Take a kid with promise, work the hell out of him at x-number of positions until he breaks down or screws up from lack of experience in one position...then toss him back to the minors. Do anything except act like a major league baseball outfit.  Only Dr. Frankenstein had weirder moves.

stage52
stage52

Collin's is senile!  Prove me wrong.

artie412
artie412

ding ding ding . . . calling Dr. Kanehl, Dr. Rod Kanehl . . . .calling Dr. Kanehl, Dr. Rod Kanehl . . . .

Chris Kujawa
Chris Kujawa

There needa to be a segment on this site "Terry's Crazy Babble" and once a week all his nonsense can be compiled into one place. That would be good for a few laughs I bet

cleonsvan
cleonsvan

You notice this manager and GM never talk up Flores or any players that actually have talent. Maybe because they are OMAR players??

cleonsvan
cleonsvan

So Terry wants to put Campbell at short despite Flores actually looking very good with soft hands and a strong arm. Yes, he made some mental mistakes, but I'm sure Campbell has the mental part of playing short down. What an idiot this manager is.

MMIAA
MMIAA

this is why terry is stupid right there.............STFU Terry can the guy be up 2 weeks before you make these absurd statements

Nicholas Vargas
Nicholas Vargas

Now it's time to spend assets on everyday starting position players. STARS.

Sergio p
Sergio p

I don't understand the decisions Sandy and Terry are making.Ike and Duda over Jose Abreu? Tejada over Jose Reyes? (I'll take hamstring problems any day over what we got.)Duda over Ike? Chris Young over Nelson Cruz? EY over Lagares.Why isn't Kemp , Ethier, Crawford,or Nick Franklin on this team on this team?

nc95
nc95

Call me crazy terry but we could just play him at first everyday.

Joe Paulson
Joe Paulson

I'm rooting for the guy.  If he succeeds as a utility guy, letting Turner go looks much more sensible.

hankypanky
hankypanky

What does the deliberate neglect of Campbell in the Mets organization say about the quality of talent evaluation at the top? The new contract signings were bad enough, but now we are seeing evidence of gross negligence by Alderson and his assistants. The FO should be called out on this by the media.

Mike Scourby
Mike Scourby

I love this kid > “I’m sure it’d be fine,” he said (ESPN, May 23). “It’s just fielding a groundball and throwing it to first.”

Zach Goeringer
Zach Goeringer

I happen to agree with utilizing Campbell as much as possible. I just hate how it feels like Terry Collins has a new science experiment every 3 days.

Doubleday
Doubleday

Reiterating something I said late last night in another thread:  Isn't it interesting how, for all the ridiculous press about how Flores can't play SS, when you put someone with energy on the left side of the 2-bag ... Murphy, on the right, goes back to looking like the worst middle infielder in the league?   Let's think about that a moment. 

Not4Nutten
Not4Nutten

As Terry said, as long as theirs a Heart Beat and He is Hot! He's Playing!!!

dooley
dooley

Thanks to the poster who pointed out his minor league numbers from the last three years. They were impressive; any hitter capable of hitting .300 is a big breath of fresh air. There could be a Seth Smith or Mitch Moreland in there.

dooley
dooley

Seems like a substantial upgrade from Justin Turner. I would love for this kid to surprise all of us.

MetsFan1962
MetsFan1962

"Terry Collins may call on Eric Campbell to be 6-position utility player" . . Yeah, all in the same game.

helloboy
helloboy

Why?  They have Flores, hitting better now with a 308 average.  he has fielded fine.  Flores should be kept at SS regularly, right now it looks good.  Campbell can give Murph a rest and he should get all of the 1B ab's against Lefties and all the LF AB's against righties (CY can only play against LHP).  I see no reason to use him anywhere else.  He should therefore play pretty much every day.  His short stroke is clearly more useful to EY or CY and he obviously does not K as much.  


Campbell has done excellent in the minors over the past three years and is hitting his stride.  This is the time to see what he can do.  He has impressed in the field and at bat.  He is not intimidated by RBI chances and I like him.  


This should be a no brainer.  Regretfully, the Mets continue to show they have no brains. 


Should be: 

vs RHP

CF Lagares

2B Murphy

3B Wright

RF Granderson

LF Campbell

SS Flores

1B Duda

Catcher

Pitcher


Vs LHP

CF Lagares

2B Murphy

3b Wright

RF Granderson

1B Campbell

LF C Young

SS Flores

Catcher 

Pitcher


This is the way it should go for now.  


Haig Mathosian
Haig Mathosian

Don't worry, he'll be riding the pine, along with Lagares. It's the punishment for being a good hitter. That's why grandersuck is still in the lineup......because he stinks !!!

Tortured Mets Fan
Tortured Mets Fan

For me If you want to call him the "Day Off" guy I'm ok with that. If you want to platoon him with Duda on a Left/Right thing I'm all for that.  To play him wherever just to get him in there is a problem.


Murph makes some bonehead plays at 2nd and has had a few bad games at the plate but you need Murph out there everyday. Unless he's hurt he needs to be in that lineup.


Flores needs to play everyday at SS. 


In LF I rather have CY & EY platoon.  Lagares needs to be in Center everyday unless he's hurt.  As for Grandy his bat is coming around and like Lagares he needs to be in that lineup everyday unless he's hurt.


Abreu is your pinch hitter. He doesn't need playing time other then in maybe a lop sided blowout.


Since Campbell can play SS I say you DFA Ruben at this point. Bring up somebody else to be your bench guy who can actually hit.

72tilltc
72tilltc

The funniest thing was when Terry said he is gonna"play him in the middle" he was asked where he said "both"  then the reporter said "why " and he backtracked and said in a blowout.

PJ Windle
PJ Windle

Campbell should play every day. I don't care what position...just get him out there.

The Cat in the Hat
The Cat in the Hat

I like Campbell but its still very early and it would be dumb to put this guy anywhere but 1B 3B LF, you have enough experienced outfielders that he shouldnt have to play RF if Campbell is playing RF mets will worse than we all thought. Maybe 2B in a pinch but why?

theglider
theglider

Let him platoon at first as long as he hits. Campbell against lefties and Duda against righties gives us a first vase tandem that's ok.

Campbell, like Flores, needs to make adjustments that the league will make on them. If they handle it, then great. If not then we look elsewhere. But we need to give them a chance to find out.

Ron W. Davis
Ron W. Davis

Terminolgy instead of caling Duda a every day player its sementics but we have alot of players who are not more then utility.  You have David Wright and Murphy and Travis and Lagares and Grandy the rest are utility players too me nobody should admit that these other guys are regulars 


dooley
dooley

So was Matt Harvey

heynow20
heynow20

Do you want the short answer or the long answer?  How about the short one - $$$$$$$

@Zach Goeringer Is it that many days between "experiments in managing" for Collins? Huh, doesn't seem like it.

Joe Paulson
Joe Paulson

@Doubleday Murphy is an adequate at 2B and now and then will surprise with some great plays. But, he's there for his bat.  So, you can't have another "bat" over at SS. I don't know if Flores can be a true SS long term -- give him a shot full season sure unless they get someone who is clearly better -- but that's the point. And, I don't know the league. If Murphy is the "worst," I guess there is a good bunch overall.

fhc1224
fhc1224

@helloboy I could live with that though I would consider swapping Murphy & Wright, at least until Wright comes out of his funk of being just a Tony Gywnn light.

cleonsvan
cleonsvan

@Haig Mathosian  Granderson has played well lately. He is making more contact. Last night's first at bat was very solid and a sign he is getting it together. His range in RF has saved many runs. I see him  as a .245/.325 22 homeruns 82 rbis with 30 doubles and 5 triples. Take it anytime.

fhc1224
fhc1224

@Haig Mathosian yea, granderson's numbers for May really scream out he sucks.  yes he had a horrible April and he is a high strike out guy but you need to remember, he missed just about all of last season, it takes a little while to get back into a grove.  Also he has always been a high K guy.  That was known when he signed.  You just hope his production numbers - runs, rbi, HR's - out weigh his K's and low avg which is what is starting to happen this month.  At least give the guy to the all star break before tossing him to the crub.  He has to much history as a productive player to be dismissed so easiely.

helloboy
helloboy

@Haig Mathosian Granderson is hitting over .300 in May and is up to 6 HR and 21 RBI, despite doing nothing in April.  Granderson is just getting into his groove.  Your comments are ridiculous.  Granderson will still end up with a 235-240 average and around 25-30HR when it is all said and done.   He needed to adjust.  This guy in the next couple of years is going to end up with a 100 RBI + season.  He still will end up with over 80 this year despite sucking a terrible April.

Kyle Fox
Kyle Fox

@Haig Mathosian Very, very astute comment.  Let's just write off Curtis Granderson, a guy who has been a very, very good player in the league for almost a decade, because he had a slow start (something he has begin to really come out of recently).  But yeah, he sure does stink!  Get with it dude.

theglider
theglider

You? Like you have any credibility. Next time listen to what is said before showing everyone how wrong you are and then calling people stupid for correcting you.

Albert E Lewis
Albert E Lewis

@Ron W. Davis I think Flores can be  regular I could see him hitting 270-15-16 hrs an 75 rbi in a season or better.

cleonsvan
cleonsvan

@dooley  And management gives Matt a hard time. Notice Matt doesn't give a rat's patoot. He gives them the finger--because he can.

Sergio p
Sergio p

@heynow20 I know your right but Young and Cruz are the same price.Reyes wasn't insane if they just would have made an offer. Abreu your right no doubt along with all the others.It's just a shame.One or two of these guys would have made them so much better.Thanks for letting me rant.

72tilltc
72tilltc

@theglider When  I am wrong I will admit it . Hasn't happened yet. So you agree that Campbell needs to play the middle infield after making a good catch in left. When it took till now to get Flores a shot at SS

72tilltc
72tilltc

@theglider I heard Flores he said it was mis-communication. I take that as he didnt want to sell Murph out. Terry is a born liar he gets no credit. Murph says 95% its the ss we know this because it is easier with the momentum going toward first. If Murphy thinks it was his coverage I dont believe that was conveyed.

fhc1224
fhc1224

@theglider the actual mistake was by familia.  if he just fires the ball where he was supposed to instead of hesitating and double pumping there is no issue at all, murphy gets the ball with enough time to turn the dp, inning over.  The pitcher knows who is covering so he should throw it to the right spot no matter who is moving where.

theglider
theglider

You argued at length over the botched double play from the other night, even calling someone stupid for telling you what the players said. But here's your chance. The mistake on that play was by Flores. Now admit you got it wrong. Or are you going to run off?