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New York Yankees Prospect No. 12: Jose Campos

February 18th, 2013 at 11:09 AM
By Karen Vankat

New York Yankees RHP prospect Jose Campos was the throw in the Michael Pineda deal with Seattle last year.

Campos however is no throw in by any stretch of the imagination. This 20 year old from Venezuela is the real deal with an arsenal that includes an above average 95-98 mph fastball with pinpoint control and Major League ready 12-to-6 curve ball and a slider that has late break which will leave opposing batters off balance. 

Unfortunately, for Jose he succumbed to injury after just five starts for the Charleston River Dogs going 3-0 with a 4.01 ERA. In 24.2 innings he struck out 26 and walked just eight with opposing batters hitting a paltry .213 against.

The continued improvement of his secondary pitches is paramount for Jose's development as a top tier pitcher. Coming off the injury he will most likely start back at Charleston, but can advance quickly to Double-A Trenton Thunder if he continues the outstanding strikeout to walk ratio. Young pitchers always have a problem with control, but Jose's accuracy is what sets him apart from other pitchers at his level.

Another asset for the youngster is his continually easy, repeatable delivery like Mariano Rivera which helps him have exceptional accuracy and efficiency. His presence on the mound is veteran like and being a quick worker will always be a plus for those who play behind him.

The Yankees are expecting big things from the young right hander and if he could stay healthy would project to be a front end starter by 2015.

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