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Scout's Eye: Scott Campbell
Scott Campbell is currently the hottest hitter in the Eastern League batting over .500 after the first week of the season. To find more about his sizzling start we talked with a professional scout that has been assigned to cover Double-A and Triple-A this year for an American League club. Find out what the expert had to say about Campbell's start to the season, and what it can be contributed to. Background: Campbell has shown plus ability handing the bat through his two years in professional baseball. He batted .292 in his rookie campaign with Auburn and hit .279 last year with Lansing. Campbell has always shown solid plate discipline and a perfect fit in the Blue Jays organization as a batter who is patient at the plate and puts good wood on the ball. This Year: Campbell is batting 11-for-21 this year for a .524 average with one home run and one run batted in. We talked to our professional scout to find out more about Campbell's hot start. What have you seen from Scott Campbell over the first few weeks of the year? I was at his opening series at Connecticut and he stood out the most from all the position players. He's not a flashy player but is a professional hitter who gets the job done. He knows to wait for his pitch and be extremely selective at the plate. He will make contact with the ball and is not somebody that will strike out. He's an ideal No. 2 hitter in any lineup. He doesn't have great speed which is the only thing I don't like if he is hitting second on my club, but we can give him a pass on that because of his outstanding ability to handle a bat. Would you say he fits the Blue Jays offensive philosophy perfectly? Actually, he does not. He's not a player that will take a lot of walks, but at the end of the at bat, he hasn't struck out and he usually makes contact with the ball and puts it in play. He's not going to the plate looking to draw a walk. He's going to the plate with a purpose. He's looking at a specific area of the plate and for a specific pitch to work with. He's patient in looking for his pitch to hit. What type of hitter do you project him as? He's not going to hit for much power. He did have a home run in one of the games I saw, although I would say it's borderline for him to be a double digit home run guy. Although he doesn't need to be a home run hitter. He looks to go the other way with the ball and doesn't care how long the ball is hit, as long as it's not caught. Is this the first time you're seeing Campbell? I saw him a few times in spring training this year, but yes, I never saw him before prior to this season. He impressed me in spring training when I saw him doing the same things he's doing now. How about his defense? I think he's a second baseman for sure. He hasn't shown much range but doesn't do anything to hurt his club on the field. Can he see Triple-A this year? He's not going to hit .500 the entire year, but if he sticks to his fundamentals I think there's a great chance he moves up a level this season. The guy is a pure hitter.
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