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New York Yankees Prospect Watch: No. 16 Jose Campos

February 4th, 2013 at 5:49 AM
By Karen Vankat

When the New York Yankees made the famous Jesus Montero for Michael Pineda deal little did they know or maybe they did the real prize was the young RHP Jose Campos.

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Before the age of 19 Campos started his career in 2011 playing in the Northwest league and in 14 starts posted a 2.32 ERA and 85 strikeouts in 81.1 innings.

Originally signed as a non-draftee in 2009 the young Venezuelan has an excellent fastball clocked in the mid to high 90's, a good above average curve ball and is currently developing a changeup as well.

Unfortunately for Campos he got an elbow injury which sidelined him after only five starts. Playing for the Southern Atlantic League Charleston River Dogs Jose threw 24 innings and went 3-0 with a 4.01 ERA striking out 26 and kept opposing batters to a .213 batting average.

The 6' 4" 195 Campos will need to show he can stay healthy to be able to advance through the Yankees farm system. If he can he seems to have the tools and the makeup to be a top tier starter in Major League Baseball. Most of the Yankees better talent is in the lower rungs of the organization and Campos, who is one of them, will probably be ready for major league action in 2 to 3 years depending on his progression and health.

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Tags: Baseball, Charleston River Dogs, jose campos, MLB, New York, New York Yankees, Seattle Mariners

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