Prospect Profile: Eric Campbell
Name: Eric Campbell
Eric Campbell was taken by the Braves in the 2nd round (71st overall) of the 2004 draft out of high school in Indiana. The Braves viewed him as a third baseman with power despite his size (6-0, 195), and I've heard he's more like 5-11 than 6-0. He was sent to the GCL Braves as are almost all high school draft picks. His 2004 season with the GCL Braves was really a disappointment. He hit .251/.306/.384 with 7 home runs and 29 RBI's. He walked on 15 times and struck out 47 times in 211 at-bats. He also played a few games in Rome at the end of the season and went 3-22 there. Eric was promoted to Danville in 2005 despite his 2004 struggles and quickly answered all of his critics. He went on to be an Appalachian League All-Star, Co-player of the year in the Appalachian League, and Rookie Level Player of the Year. He hit .313/.383/.634 and even stole 15 bases in 19 attempts in his breakout season. His slugging potential was seen with his 18 home runs and 64 RBI's in 262 at-bats. He also improved his plate discipline a little bit by walking 28 times. 2005 was a breakout season for Eric which launched him into the status of the heir apparent to Chipper Jones now that Marte has moved on.
Eric Campbell's debut in full season single-A ball has further solidified Eric as a top prospect. In 297 at-bats, Eric is hitting .303/.342/.519 with 13 home runs and 52 RBI's. He was also selected as a starter for the South Atlantic League All-Star team. Eric also continues to show some speed on the base paths with 9 steals in 11 attempts in the first half. When it comes to plate discipline, Campbell has declined in walks but has improved in strikeouts. He has only walked 14 times but has also cut his strikeouts down a lot to 43.
Eric's projected MLB position is still somewhat up in the air. His height and quickness make some people speculate that he could end up being a second baseman at the big league level. His power would make him an excellent offensive second baseman. Right now he is staying at third base and showing enough power to project him as a slugging third baseman even at the major league level. He needs to work on taking walks but everything else is looking very good. He hits for average and power. He has speed and has decreased his strikeouts. He should be starting somewhere in Atlanta's infield in a few years.
|2004||Gulf Coast Braves||Rk||211||30||53||7||0||7||29||3||1||15||47||.251||.306||.384|
|2006||Rome||A||300||60||90||19|| 3|| 13|| 52|| 9 || 2|| 14|| 44||.300||.341||.513|