by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)
You can argue that Oakland’s key acquisition in the trade that sent Ryon Healy to Seattle is a bit of mystery. Alexander Campos is a 17-year old shortstop, signed out of Venezuela for $575,000 in 2016, who is a long ways away from arriving in the Majors. As it is, at this point there are questions as to what his ultimate ceiling is.
Here are a few scouting reports to draw from:
Campos is speedy shortstop who projects to be an above-average defender with a plus arm. Offensively he could be an average hitter but with very modest, well below-average power. He is very advanced for his age and may move quicker than most teenage shortstops when he comes to the United States in 2018. Campos projects as a potential solid-average everyday shortstop down the road, but he’ll need time and there’s a lot of development ahead. – Baseball America
Campos has started to grow into his athletic frame since signing and should continue to tack on good strength. His defense-speed combination at an up-the-middle position gives him a possible floor as a big league reserve, though further progress at the plate could very well thrust him into the conversation as an everyday player. – MLB.com
He did show a good feel for hitting in his first taste of professional baseball, as he walked (41) more than he struck out (39) while playing in the Dominican Summer League. Of course, despite talk of their being speed he clearly has some work to do on translating it to the base paths. Last season he went 7-for-17 on stolen base attempts, so hopefully with time and maturation he’ll be able to utilize the speed more efficiently.
There is some potential value, but he’s going to need time and the questions may outweigh the reward (can he maintain this type of plate discipline, for instance). He’s a name to keep in mind, but for now we can’t draw many conclusions.
Grade – C
Sources – Fangraphs, Baseball America, MLB.com
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