Halo HQ Top 10 Prospects: #8 Vicente Campos

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Updated: February 3, 2017

Number eight on our top ten prospect countdown is a gem found by Billy Eppler: starting pitcher Vicente Campos.

Vicente Campos

Profile: 6’3”/230 lbs; Born 7/27/1992 (age 24); La Guaria, Venezuela; International Signee; Selected off Waivers from AZ Nov. 4, 2016; SP; Bats Right/Throws Right

Halo HQ 30-80 Scale (Current/Ceiling)

Fastball: 60/70, Curveball: 50/55, Changeup: 55/60, Control: 55/65, Overall: 50/65

Pitches

Campos has been known for his fastball ever since coming to the states in 2009. He had one of the best fastballs in the low minors when he was with Seattle and New York, but injuries have taken their toll. It still has good movement, but he has lost just a tick on the radar gun. It sits in the mid-90s, but was in the low-90s to high-80s in his major league debut last season. Most of it was due to a fracture in his ulnar last season and Tommy John surgery in 2014, so he should see his velocity climb back up as he heals. He throws a hard curveball that has potential to be a good offspeed pitch, but he still has control problems with it. His changeup is his plus offspeed pitch and he fools hitters with it. It’s a good five to eight MPH slower than his fastball and he keeps the same arm slot when he throws it. It should be his strikeout pitch when he reaches the majors. He has a good feel for his pitches, so he should have no problem improving his offspeed stuff.

Stamina

Despite the injuries, Campos actually has fairly good stamina. Last season, he threw 148.1 innings between the minors and majors. That number could have been upwards of 155 had he been healthy all season. Still, with the injury setbacks he has had, those numbers are promising. He could end up as a workhorse pitcher if he keeps it up. He definitely won’t see those numbers next season, as he will most likely start the season on the disabled list, but once he returns, he will see a good amount of innings in AA, AAA, or even in Anaheim.

Control

Campos had trouble controlling the ball earlier in his career, but has really gotten the walks down. In 2016, he had a BB/9 of 2.7, which is good for a starter. His ability to control the ball also helps him keep the hits in check and the strikeouts up. He has a WHIP of 1.207 in seven minor league seasons and a K/9 of 8.1. These are very promising numbers, but we will see how well he controls the ball after he heals from a broken ulnar.

Overall/Projections

Campos comes from a very good baseball family (his cousins include Kansas City Royals shortstop Alcides Escobar and former Angel pitcher Kelvim Escobar) and has the stuff to carry on the family legacy. He throws hard and controls the ball, something that you only see from the top pitchers. He was once one of the most highly touted prospects in all of baseball, but injuries have taken their toll. He had Tommy John in 2014 and an elbow injury last season. If he rebounds from his most recent injury, he can be a great depth piece in 2017 and a possible rotation piece in 2018. Campos combined with Andrew Heaney, Garrett Richards, and Nick Tropeano can create the best repaired UCL rotation in the majors. If Campos ends up as a solid major league contributor, he will be known as the diamond in the rough found by Billy Eppler.

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