Scouting Jays Prospect #42: Scott Campbell

Scott Campbell has another productive season in Low-A ball and has already set high targets for the 2008 season. Read the scouting report on the infielder, and also find out what he had to say about his year and what Dick Scott thinks about his future.

Vital Statistics:
Name: Scott Campbell
Position: Infielder
DOB: September 25, 1984
Height: 5'11
Weight: 190
Bats: Right
Throws: Right

Scott Campbell continued his solid play since being drafted by Toronto in 2006. After being promoted to Low-A Lansing this season he batted .279 with seven home runs and forty-three runs batted in. The Blue Jays love the approach Campbell takes to the plate. Campbell is a patient hitter who looks to work the count and get on base any way possible, and at the same time he is not a liability at the plate because of his ability to make contact with the ball.

"I've maintained a consistent swing, and my goal is to hit the ball up the middle and make contact," said Campbell. "My hands are real quick with the inside pitch and that enables me to hit the ball with more power."

"Offensively I'm happy with the overall results, although I do feel I could have done a lot better in every category."

The only thing from keeping Campbell locked in the leadoff hole is his lack of speed. Campbell is now slow, but he doesn't have the speed many leadoff type of players do to enable them to steal bases.

"I love hitting leadoff. I know it probably won't be a permanent spot for me because I'm not as fast as the prototypical leadoff hitter, but I love the top of the lineup because I can take pitches and when you have big bats like a Travis Snider behind you it's fun to score runs and use your speed on the base paths."

The goal for the native of New Zealand coming into this season was to improve his defense, and the second baseman believes he made substantial progress on that.

"I improved on my defense a lot between the beginning and end of the year. After the first half of the season I felt more comfortable and it enabled me to get focus more. There are still things I need to work on, but overall it was a good season for me."

Campbell has set a high target for the upcoming season.

"I really would love to reach the Double-A level at some point in 2008. I believe if I keep up my on-base percentage and play solid defensively, I'll be giving the organization a reason to keep moving me up.

"Scott is a grinder type of player. He gets the most out of his ability, but will have to prove himself at each level," said Dick Scott, the Jays Director of Player Development.

"So far, he has done that."



Batting and Power: Campbell does not possess much power although he has a compact swing which scouts adore. Talent evaluators have a tough time finding a tool that sticks out for Campbell, but his ability to put the ball in play and hit for average could be key down the road. He has an outstanding awareness of the strike zone, and succeeds in making contact with the ball.

Base Running and Speed: Campbell has average speed, and has been thrown out in 16 of his 23 stolen base attempts in professional baseball. The bottom line is Campbell needs to make better reads and work on his stealing mechanics, and getting better jumps off a pitchers first move.

Defense: The infielder is a solid defender but talent evaluators still will tell you he needs to work on his mechanics, and footwork at second base. Campbell did spend some time at third base this past season, but most scouts believe his future will be at second base as he progresses in the minors. Second base is also the position Campbell feels most comfortable at.

2008 Outlook: Campbell will begin the year with Single-A Dunedin.

ETA: Campbell should progress at about a level and year, which puts his timetable around 2010.

Future Jays Top Stories

\r\n \r\n\r\n\r\nVital Statistics:
\r\nName: Scott Campbell
\r\nPosition: Infielder
\r\nDOB: September 25, 1984
\r\nHeight: 5'11
\r\nWeight: 190
\r\nBats: Right
\r\nThrows: Right

\r\n\r\n\r\nScott Campbell continued his solid play since being drafted by Toronto in 2006. After being promoted to Low-A Lansing this season he batted .279 with seven home runs and forty-three runs batted in. The Blue Jays love the approach Campbell takes to the plate. Campbell is a patient hitter who looks to work the count and get on base any way possible, and at the same time he is not a liability at the plate because of his ability to make contact with the ball.\r\n

\r\n\"I've maintained a consistent swing, and my goal is to hit the ball up the middle and make contact,\" said Campbell. \"My hands are real quick with the inside pitch and that enables me to hit the ball with more power.\"\r\n

\r\n\r\n\"Offensively I'm happy with the overall results, although I do feel I could have done a lot better in every category.\"\r\n

\r\n\r\nThe only thing from keeping Campbell locked in the leadoff hole is his lack of speed. Campbell is now slow, but he doesn't have the speed many leadoff type of players do to enable them to steal bases. \r\n

\r\n\r\n\"I love hitting leadoff. I know it probably won't be a permanent spot for me because I'm not as fast as the prototypical leadoff hitter, but I love the top of the lineup because I can take pitches and when you have big bats like a Travis Snider behind you it's fun to score runs and use your speed on the base paths.\"\r\n

\r\n\r\nThe goal for the native of New Zealand coming into this season was to improve his defense, and the second baseman believes he made substantial progress on that.\r\n

\r\n\r\n\"I improved on my defense a lot between the beginning and end of the year. After the first half of the season I felt more comfortable and it enabled me to get focus more. There are still things I need to work on, but overall it was a good season for me.\"\r\n

\r\n\r\nCampbell has set a high target for the upcoming season.\r\n

\r\n\r\n\"I really would love to reach the Double-A level at some point in 2008. I believe if I keep up my on-base percentage and play solid defensively, I'll be giving the organization a reason to keep moving me up.\r\n

\r\n\r\n\"Scott is a grinder type of player. He gets the most out of his ability, but will have to prove himself at each level,\" said Dick Scott, the Jays Director of Player Development.\r\n

\r\n\r\n\"So far, he has done that.\"\r\n

\r\n\r\n

\r\nBatting and Power: Campbell does not possess much power although he has a compact swing which scouts adore. Talent evaluators have a tough time finding a tool that sticks out for Campbell, but his ability to put the ball in play and hit for average could be key down the road. He has an outstanding awareness of the strike zone, and succeeds in making contact with the ball.\r\n

\r\nBase Running and Speed: Campbell has average speed, and has been thrown out in 16 of his 23 stolen base attempts in professional baseball. The bottom line is Campbell needs to make better reads and work on his stealing mechanics, and getting better jumps off a pitchers first move.\r\n

\r\nDefense: The infielder is a solid defender but talent evaluators still will tell you he needs to work on his mechanics, and footwork at second base. Campbell did spend some time at third base this past season, but most scouts believe his future will be at second base as he progresses in the minors. Second base is also the position Campbell feels most comfortable at.\r\n

\r\n2008 Outlook: Campbell will begin the year with Single-A Dunedin. \r\n

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