The New York Mets are still tinkering with their bench to try and generate some more offense. They started the process yesterday by promoting Wilmer Flores to take over for Ruben Tejada at shortstop. The Mets added another hot hitter from the Las Vegas 51's this afternoon, infielder Eric Campbell.
Campbell, 27, made a name for himself in spring training by tearing the cover off the ball. Campbell was one of the team's last cuts, but he continued to hit once he arrived at Triple-A Las Vegas. Campbell is hitting .355 with a .442 on base percentage, and has three home runs and 24 RBI's to boot. Campbell has played primarily first and third base with the 51's, and he recently got some playing time at second and shortstop as well.
The Mets have not announced a corresponding move yet, but the likely demotion candidate is Josh Satin. Satin has struggled mightily out of the gate, collecting only three hits in his first 28 at bats. Satin went 0 for 5 in place of Lucas Duda in last night's loss to the Philadelphia Phillies, stranding six men on base. Satin hasn't done his job as the right handed caddy for Duda at first, so now Campbell will get an opportunity.
Campbell should be a good fit off the bench for the Mets, but expecting him to be more than that is probably unreasonable. Campbell is 27 and was an eighth round choice by the Mets in 2008. Campbell has been considered a non-prospect for much of his career, but he has hit well in Las Vegas the last two years. Campbell can't do much worse than Satin did for the Mets, so it is worth a shot.
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