DRAFT: Campbell Joins Knapp

Campbell becomes first Bear chosen in 2014 MLB Draft, taken by Philadelphia in the 20th round, joining recruiting classmate Andrew Knapp as future Phillies.

With the 592nd pick overall in the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft, the Philadelphia Phillies selected California shortstop/outfielder Derek Campbell, taking the versatile athlete out of Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei in the 20th round.

Campbell was drafted last year in the 36th round by the Chicago Cubs, despite missing most of the season with a broken leg.

"Derek had an opportunity to sign last year, and he came back," said head coach David Esquer. "I think he's ready. I know he had the opportunity to sign, but I remember, I told Derek, 'I'm not going to talk you out of signing; that's not my job, but I'd like to see you play healthy, and I almost feel cheated: I didn't get a year of being able to coach you,' because he was injured last year and didn't get a full season. He's a great personality, and a player I'm going to miss."

A redshirt junior in 2014, Campbell hit .266 (.279 vs. the Pac-12) with a team-high 14 doubles, one triple and a team-high seven home runs.

Campbell was named Honorable Mention All-Pac-12, playing center field, left field, shortstop and second base over the course of the season.

The Phillies selected Campbell as a second baseman, the position he played back in 2011 during the NCAA postseason, when he filled in for Pac-10 Player of the Year, Tony Renda, who pulled his quad muscle rounding third, en route to scoring the winning run of the Houston Regional against Baylor. Campbell started the final five games of the season at second base, and finished his freshman campaign hitting .263 with four doubles and seven RBIs, including the game-winning bunt in the bottom of the 15th inning against Rice.

"He did a great job for us," Esquer said. "We didn't miss a beat, and to replace Tony Renda and hit the ground running, he played great defense for us, and offensed more than we even thought in the World Series. He plays with a lot of personality."

Campbell finishes his career in blue and gold with a .264 batting average in 133 games, driving in 44 runs with 21 doubles, one triple and nine home runs.

Campbell is the second Bear in two years to be taken by the Phillies, after catcher Andrew Knapp was taken in the second round of last year's draft, with the 53rd pick.


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