C Luis Campusano
With Mejía and Austin Hedges as locks for a bulk of starts behind the dish, Campusano may not receive many at bats in a shortened season. Campusano, MLB’s No. 50 and San Diego’s No. 4 prospect, is a right-handed batter drafted by the Padres No. 39 overall in the 2017 Draft for $1.3 million. With each season in the minors, Campusano’s hitting ability improved. It improved so much that the 2019 season, when Campusano was 20 years old, he earned the California League’s batting title, finishing his campaign with a .325 batting average.
Campusano has proven he can hit in the minors, but it still needs to be seen if he can replicate his success at the MLB level. Since 2017, Campusano has played 217 games while logging 816 at bats. He has a career .304/.372/.444 slash line with 46 doubles, 22 home runs, and 146 RBIs. What is most impressive, in my opinion, is his plate discipline. In his 2019 season, Campusano only struck out 57 times but also walked 52 times in 422 at bats.
According to Campusano’s scouting report, his defensive skills don’t match his offensive abilities, but he has earned praise for his athleticism, agility, and blocking ability.
My name is Sebastian and I am a senior at Northern Arizona University. I am a double major in journalism and communication, along with a minor in German. I have been in various editorial positions and have contributed articles to The Lumberjack, NAU's student-run newspaper.