Jose Campos – P

Drafted: Signed by the Seattle Mariners as a non-drafted free agent on Jan. 15, 2009
Team: New York Yankees
Birthdate: 07/27/1992
Ebay Listings: Jose Campos
Baseball America – Jose Campos

Although Campos had a shortened season in 2012 due to arm injury, he is still considered one of the prized pitching prospects found in the New York Yankees system. Campos was originally brought up with the Seattle Mariners but was traded early in 2012. Campos and Michael Pineda were sent to the Yankees in exchange for Hector Noesi and Jesus Montero. Some experts say that Campos was a steal for the Yankees as they may have a future star in the young hard-throwing righty.

Campos only had five starts in 2012 going 3-0 with a 4.01 era and 26 strikeouts. Campos would miss the rest of the 2012 season due to elbow inflammation and soreness. The Yankees are really cautious of Campos because of his past success in the minor leagues including a season were he went 5-5 with a 2.32 era and 85 strikeouts in 14 starts (2011). Hitters batted .213 and .214 in 2011 and 2012 proving that Campos is a difficult pitcher to hit. The six foot four inch righty features a fastball that tops out at 98 miles per hour. Jose also throws a curveball and slider to change speeds on hitters who are struggling to catch up to his fastball.

Campos is on a throwing program and will be pitching this fall so he can be ready for next spring. The Yankees organization is confident that Campos will be in their rotation in the coming years as they will need to replace their aging pitching of 2012 including C.C. Sabathia, Hiroki Kuroda, and Andy Pettitte.

More reading:  Arm Troubles for a Yankees Prospect

Cards on the Market
2012 Bowman
2012 Topps Heritage Minor League
2012 ONYX Authenticated