The New York Mets appear to be making a second transaction this week to help their sputtering offense. Eric Campbell will be called up from Triple-A Las Vegas to replace Josh Satin. Campbell had a very impressive spring and had continued his hot play into the season for the Las Vegas 51s. He has played 6 positions so far this season and so can be a valuable player off the bench for the Mets.
Satin is likely to be demoted as he is hitting a meager .107. Satin was expected to be the go to first basemen against left-handed pitching but he has struggled mightily offensively.
Campbell nearly made the team following spring training and had it not been for the three first basemen already on the roster he might have made the trip to Queens. Now the departure of Ike Davis and Satin’s struggles have opened the door for the 27-year-old. Campbell was hitting .355 with three home runs 15 doubles and 24 RBI to go along with 20 walks in the minors this season.
Campbell will get most of his playing time in the majors at first base despite his defensive abilities at multiple positions.
This is another move intended to jump start the Mets’ dismal offense. He provides another right-handed power hitter as part of the first base platoon.
This will likely work out differently than the last call up of Wilmer Flores. Campbell will still split time with Lucas Duda and Duda is still expected to get most of the playing time. Campbell will come off the bench and get the occasional start against left-handed pitching. However, as the Mets continue to look to the future, if Campbell impresses, we could see him around Queen for years to come.
Campbell may end up making his first big league starts against lefty Cole Hamels and the Phillies on Sunday at Citi Field.
This will likely not be the last call up we see from the Mets. Vic Black has been pitching very well with Las Vegas and could provide a boost to a bullpen that has been, at best, inconsistent. It’s also possible that the team will call up a starter such as Rafael Montero or Jacob deGrom to start and move Jenrry Mejia to the bullpen.
Lucas Duda will return from his bout with the stomach virus to start Saturday against the Phillies.
Matt Harvey is taking the next step in his rehab and is throwing from 120 feet.
Mets still considering options for Wednesday’s game against the Yankees. Jenrry Mejia is scheduled to start but it has been reported that the team is not locked into Mejia in that spot.