Tony Campana brings speed to White Sox
Sep 18, 2014; Anaheim, CA, USA; Los Angeles Angels center fielder Tony Campana (22) strikes out to end the third inning against the Seattle Mariners at Angel Stadium of Anaheim. Mandatory Credit: Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports
One of the newest players to join the Chicago White Sox organization is Tony Campana, who last played with the Los Angeles Angeles of Anaheim organization. He will, if nothing else, bring a lot of speed to spring training in February.
Campana, who is 5-8, 165 pounds, can play in the outfield and could also be a good pinch hitter/runner off the bench for the White Sox if he were able to make the roster.
Last year, he played in 44 MLB games, 26 with the Arizona Diamondbacks and 18 with the Angels, where he finished with a .187 batting average, with 14 hits and five RBIs.
Though he finished with the under .200 batting average overall last season, he can still be a quality player on the MLB roster. Campana, who is 28 years old, also had four stolen bases in six chances. For his career, Campana has 66 steals and has only been caught stealing nine times in 257 total MLB games played.
In reading about Campana it says the following in an article by the Chicago Tribune:
"“The diminutive Campana was a fan favorite on the North Side who stole 54 bases in 59 attempts in 2011-’12 while hitting .262. The Cubs dealt him to Arizona in spring training of 2013, and the Angels acquired Campana last summer before he became a free agent in October.”"
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If he does end up making the 40-man MLB roster of the White Sox, I believe his speed off the bench could be a big advantage for the White Sox during the late innings of close games when the score is tied or a one-run difference.
Again, like I’ve said before this offseason with other signings, I like the fact the White Sox are looking elsewhere to make improvements to this ball club and forcing others who are still on the roster to work that much harder to improve their overall game so they can stay a part of this rebuilding project that is in full swing.