Campos Quickly Developing

CHARLESTON, SC – Jose Campos is an often overlooked acquisition in the trade between the New York Yankees and the Seattle Mariners that brought Michael Pineda to the Yankees. Only 19 and already touching 95 with his fastball, Campos' is quickly becoming a highly regarded prospect this year with the Charleston Riverdogs. Considering his potential, the Yankees have quite an asset on their hands.

"He's a very young kid, he's only 19 but he knows what he's doing on the mound," Charleston manager Carlos Mendoza said. "He knows how to pitch. He knows how to mix up his pitches and keep hitters off balance, but at the same time he uses his fastball which hits 94 and he's very impressive."

Campos has, for the most part, used his dominant fastball to put away hitters. Since being signed by the Mariners as a non-drafted free agent in 2009, Campos has faced little resistance thus far in his pro career. Beginning in the Venezuelan league and continuing with the Everett Aquasox, he is averaging 8.8 strikeouts per 9 innings of baseball.

This experience, Campos believes, has helped him to feel more comfortable and progress his game.

"I feel really good. I learned a lot of things from the Venezuelan league and I feel more comfortable from learning from those guys," said Campos, the Venezuelan native, with the help of a translator. "The guys who are older in the league, I was able to pick things from them that help me."

Campos is off to a hot start this year with the Riverdogs, already 3-0 with an ERA of 1.23 and 23 strikeouts in 22 innings. Although he has already found some success, he his looking to improve, both his control and off speed pitches.

"We've been working with each other a lot and we've got good communication," pitching coach Danny Borrell said. "We've been working on the changeup and the curveball and his command. It's been very good so far and hopefully he can continue to do it."

"My changeup needs some work and I've been working with it but it still needs to be better," added Campos. "I'm just working hard each day with Danny and as a team we are looking to get better each outing."

Mendoza has noticed Campos' hard work coming into fruition.

"He attacks the hitter with the fastball," Mendoza said. "Most of the time he's ahead of hitters and then he can go to his secondary pitches and work with them. The command has been great."

Another asset that Campos has developed and has been noticed the Charleston coaching staff is his tempo.

"Once the season started, what I've noticed is he likes to work fast which keeps the defense on their toes and it's good to play defense when somebody's throwing like that," Borrell said. "Get the ball. Get the sign. And there he goes, there's the pitch. I've been very impressed with that."

Considering the dominance Campos has displayed so far this season, the coaches expect to see him continue to put up impressive numbers and improve his game.

"I expect him to take the ball every five days and give us a chance to win the ball game," Mendoza said. "Attack hitters with his fastball and use his offspeed stuff."

As for Campos, he has realized that baseball is a game of constant fluctuation, and that while success is expected, it is not always achieved.

"I'm just concentrating, working hard each day. If you pitch tonight, you've got to remember tomorrow is another day and you've got to work way harder to get better," Campos concluded.

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\r\n \r\n\r\n\"He's a very young kid, he's only 19 but he knows what he's doing on the mound,\" Charleston manager Carlos Mendoza said. \"He knows how to pitch. He knows how to mix up his pitches and keep hitters off balance, but at the same time he uses his fastball which hits 94 and he's very impressive.\"
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\r\nCampos has, for the most part, used his dominant fastball to put away hitters. Since being signed by the Mariners as a non-drafted free agent in 2009, Campos has faced little resistance thus far in his pro career. Beginning in the Venezuelan league and continuing with the Everett Aquasox, he is averaging 8.8 strikeouts per 9 innings of baseball.
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\r\nThis experience, Campos believes, has helped him to feel more comfortable and progress his game.
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\r\n\"I feel really good. I learned a lot of things from the Venezuelan league and I feel more comfortable from learning from those guys,\" said Campos, the Venezuelan native, with the help of a translator. \"The guys who are older in the league, I was able to pick things from them that help me.\"
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\r\nCampos is off to a hot start this year with the Riverdogs, already 3-0 with an ERA of 1.23 and 23 strikeouts in 22 innings. Although he has already found some success, he his looking to improve, both his control and off speed pitches.
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\r\n\"We've been working with each other a lot and we've got good communication,\" pitching coach Danny Borrell said. \"We've been working on the changeup and the curveball and his command. It's been very good so far and hopefully he can continue to do it.\"
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\r\n\"My changeup needs some work and I've been working with it but it still needs to be better,\" added Campos. \"I'm just working hard each day with Danny and as a team we are looking to get better each outing.\"
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\r\nMendoza has noticed Campos' hard work coming into fruition.
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\r\n\"He attacks the hitter with the fastball,\" Mendoza said. \"Most of the time he's ahead of hitters and then he can go to his secondary pitches and work with them. The command has been great.\"
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\r\nAnother asset that Campos has developed and has been noticed the Charleston coaching staff is his tempo.
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\r\n\"Once the season started, what I've noticed is he likes to work fast which keeps the defense on their toes and it's good to play defense when somebody's throwing like that,\" Borrell said. \"Get the ball. Get the sign. And there he goes, there's the pitch. I've been very impressed with that.\"
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\r\nConsidering the dominance Campos has displayed so far this season, the coaches expect to see him continue to put up impressive numbers and improve his game.
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\r\n\"I expect him to take the ball every five days and give us a chance to win the ball game,\" Mendoza said. \"Attack hitters with his fastball and use his offspeed stuff.\"
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\r\nAs for Campos, he has realized that baseball is a game of constant fluctuation, and that while success is expected, it is not always achieved.
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\r\n\"I'm just concentrating, working hard each day. If you pitch tonight, you've got to remember tomorrow is another day and you've got to work way harder to get better,\" Campos concluded.
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