What to make of Eric Campbell?

Eric Campbell was 2 for 3 with a solo home run during Wednesday’s game against the A’s in Oakland.

Campbell, 27, is batting .301 with a .348 OBP, three home runs and 15 RBI in 61 games with the Mets this season, during which has played all four infield positions, as well as left and right field.


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Campbell was drafted by the Mets in the 8th round of the 2008 amateur draft and got his first bit-league at bat earlier this year.

He’s batting .324 in the 29 games he has started, during which he’s hit all three of his home runs.

Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer

I’m not sure what to make of Campbell. He has a very compact swing with not a lot of torque, so I don’t think he’s ever going to be the type of power hitter that his size and stature suggest he should be. I really like how he stays back on the ball and flicks pitches to right field, but I just don’t see him as a power guy. So, I’m not sure how he fits in, given this team’s overall needs. That said, no doubt, the guy can hit enough and should be on the roster. It would be great if he could end up being more, but my hunch is he’s best used as a super-utility guy, platoon-mate at first base and/or pinch hitter .




77 comments
CocoaBeachnut
CocoaBeachnut

Given what he's produced and his versatility, I know the TC haters won't like this but I like the way he has been used this year. Slot him in here & there, go with match-ups that make sense & get the most out of him. He has no set field position, he's not bad defensively and he hits. Wright is going to get injured more often as he ages & he will need rest - Campbell can fill in there as well.

WoodsideNative
WoodsideNative

The guy's a .300 hitter and you want to make him a bench player?  Because the Mets have so many .300 hitters? He deserves to play. Granderson doesn't.

Christopher Masiello
Christopher Masiello

He's the most valuable bench player the Mets have had in a while. Perfect offset to Duda's lefty struggles. Plays everywhere and has more pop than Justin Turner did.

Keeper.

MetsFan1962
MetsFan1962

My take on Eric Campbell is he is a capable bench player who can play a few positions decently and get that lucky hit when we need it. However, I don't see him as an everyday player.

yea I also think that what he is a super platoon guy. He's a player that will help your team and maybe be even better if the talent around him is better

Kenneth Meltsner
Kenneth Meltsner

One of our very few players who have stayed (relatively) hot after being promoted from Vegas. As several people have noted, how many AB's has the team thrown-away with Chris and Eric Young (Jr.)? And Bobby ('See You in September") Abreu? And I alone in thinking that Sandy and Terry know less than nothing about the most efficient use of position-players?

mi
mi

he should of been playing LF when this team had a chance 

Doubleday
Doubleday

On a Bobby Valentine team, Soup plays the role of super-sub, Matt Franco.  Important piece - but not a starter.  How important was Matt Franco to BV's success?  Bobby brought Franco (and Benny Agbayani) to Japan to play for him, again.

Michael Kelmachter
Michael Kelmachter

On a well constructed team, I'd say he's a very valuable bench player who would see himself penciled into the lineup 75 times a season at a bunch of different positions and be used for double switches and pinch hitting. 

On this team though-  ugh.  This team is largely made up of bench type players.  He, Neuewnheis, den Dekker, Andrew Brown and Eric Young are all 4th/5th outfielder types.  Likewise, he, Flores and Satin are all 5th/6th infielder types.  If this team was ever better assembled with solid starters, those 8 guys are going to be competing for four roster spots- more if the Mets acquire a shortstop and left fielder.  I think he makes the cut there, only because he is so versatile. 

Assuming the Mets acquire a shortsop and left fielder in the offseason, and don't lose anyone of substance in the process, you'd have a roster of:

C:  D'Arnaud; 1B: Duda, 2B: Murphy: SS:  TBD; 3B: Wright, LF: TBD, CF Lagares, RF Granderson

Bench:  Backup Catcher, Den Dekker, Brown (dD for fielding, Brown for power), Flores and Campbell. 

That would give you enough flexibility and options off the bench to be at least average if not above average in a weak NL East

Billy Rom
Billy Rom

He is Joe McEwing 2.0, what is wrong with that? David is getting older and needs days off. Against tough lefties he can give Duda a day off. When Granderson needs time off he can play. If anyone gets hurt he can fill in. The answer for Campbell is that he should be playing if any regular is on the bench, regardless of position. If he can play enough OF he can also be a stop gap starter if need be.

Andrew Oci
Andrew Oci

Shouldve been playing everyday from the start

Elmer Medina
Elmer Medina

He need to play everyday he is no bench player platoon him in L.F

Alex Cooper
Alex Cooper

He can play first, second, short, third and the corner outfield positions and can hit. What's not to like? Def someone you keep on your team.

Eric Turkheimer
Eric Turkheimer

He is a perfectly useful bench player whose value is masked by TCs inability to manage a lineup and play his regulars while using his bench in  a systematic way.  Everyone is always popping in and out of the lineup for no discernible reason.

rico
rico

If there had been somebody in LF who hit 300, power or no power I'm certain we would have won more games this year.  Playing musical chairs with the Youngs, a dash of KIrk, Soup and MDD has not added up to much but Campbell has played well.

He even flashed a good arm throwing somebody out at home from deep LF.


Keeper but perhaps not a starter

Steve Musicant
Steve Musicant

Campbell is hugely valuable; he can clearly hit, and for some power, so that alone is valuable on a team/franchise with abundant pitching but limited offensive assets, both in the majors and in the high minors.  So there's that.  Also, he can play capably at a lot of positions, and for extended periods, if needed.  He's arguably their second best player at five different positions.  Guys like this do not grow on trees.  He'd be invaluable in the event of a long DL stint from DWright, Murphy, Duda, and the corner OF.  Don't complain about him because he's not Mike Trout.  He's a far sight more useful than anybody else on their current bench, or anybody they've ever had on their bench that comes to mind.  Even Joe MacEwing didn't have the bat that Campbell has.

hashburry
hashburry

What's there to make?   He may be suitable as a bench player.  Or a core player on a Met team that never wins.  Either or.

Beth Zatkowsky
Beth Zatkowsky

thanks. some want to trade duda and have camobell everyday at first

Max Blay
Max Blay

I'll take him off the bench anyday. A poor mans Ben zobrist. Albeit the man is poorer than most

Brian P. Mangan
Brian P. Mangan

MDD and Campbell are basically the same age, so it's weird that people view MDD as sort of a "prospect" still but not Campbell.

shmuggy
shmuggy

"That said"......take those two wrods away, and he's helpless.

dave42
dave42

It seems to me that in light of MDD and Kirk's lack of success and the push to see if Duda can ever hit lefties, now is a good time to pencil Campbell into the lineup every day in LF and see what he does with it. 

Rob Lane
Rob Lane

Not just a small sample. Eric Campbell can hit.

hankincolo
hankincolo

He's another super Joe McEwing, and that's a good thing!

PJ Windle
PJ Windle

All he's done is hit this year. What's up with Mets fans??

drmetfan
drmetfan

Utility bench player. That's it. Bring him back next year to fill that role.

artie412
artie412

Rod Kanehl, with a better bat.

Bill Donahue
Bill Donahue

@borsh13 You mention Justin Turner. He's playing 3rd base for LA and batting 308.

But he couldn't do that here as so many others have trouble doing it here.

Campbell has been hitting better then anyone on the team except for Murphy and yet

we only occasionally see him.  Why are we saying he's only a bench player when he bats better then those who are out there every day.

realityck
realityck

@rico If everbody hit like they are capable of, and getting a little more power from SS Id be happy to have soup there full time with MDD in reserve

exileinla
exileinla

@Max Blay Good comparison.  He's a 12th or 13th position player - nothing more.  In 3 years, when he would be arb eligible, he'll be past his prime and not worth a big salary.

Let him have his few years of earning MLB minimum -- and hope for his sake that he saves a lot.

hashburry
hashburry

@shmuggy That is the new replacement for "In other words" which was Cerrone's old catch phrase.  At least he stopped using the dreaded ellipses!  For the first few years, Matt couldn't write two sentences without an ellipses in them.  As an editor in a past life, the excuse of speed over grammar is disgraceful.

hankincolo
hankincolo

@dave42 have a seen enough of MDD? Not sure he's been given a fair shot. 

hashburry
hashburry

@hankincolo Super Joe, most overrated Met ever.  Hit one home run off Randy Myers, and they sent him out there against him every time he pitched, never to get another hit.

Michael Leiman
Michael Leiman

@artie412  Haven't heart Hot Rod's name in a long time. If his bat is the measure, the bar is set quite low!

rico
rico

@hankincolo @dave42 there's only so many guys you can play every day. Maybe MDD hasn't gotten a fair shot, ditto Kirk, ditto Soup. Hey when Satin played every day he hit, he was just terrible off the bench.  I guess baseball like life is not fair, you have to rise to the occasion when you get a chance. 

dave42
dave42

@hankincolo @dave42  MDD's major league success, what there has been of it, has been supported by freakishly high BABIP.  Now Campbell's BABIP is .410 too and he probably will fizzle, but what have we got to lose by giving him at bats? 

hankincolo
hankincolo

@rico @hankincolo @dave42 MDD is a fabulous outfielder, not sure you can say that Campbell covers the same amount of ground like MDD. Give MDD, a few more weeks to show what he can do.