The Arizona Diamondbacks made yet another roster move today, something that has been occurring frequently as of late. The Snakes have called up reliever Matt Stites from Triple A Reno and have optioned Tony Campana back to Triple A.
Matt Stites w/locker and Tony Campana just packed up his; would appear a #Dbacks roster move is coming
— Craig Grialou (@CraigAZSports) June 19, 2014
Campana got the winning hit in Wednesday’s victory over the Brewers. It seems like every time he get calls up, he is just a roster filler until someone else comes back. My colleague Tom Lynch wrote a piece talking about if Campana should get more playing time, and I have to agree with him, that he should be a regular on this club. I wanted him to be the fourth outfielder from day 1 of spring training because of the spark he provides, and the chaos he causes on the base paths. He is a great guy to have late in games in run scoring situations, and he covers alot of ground in the outfield.
The Snakes sent down Campana to make a room on the roster for Stites, who is the Dbacks top reliever prospect. It was only a matter of time before Stites was going to get called up. In 17 games he has a 2.25 era and 12 saves. He has 15 strikeouts compared to only 6 walks, and he has only allowed 13 hits. Since his promotion to Reno on May 6th, he had not allowed a run in his first 11 appearances. He is dominating Reno, and that is when teams know the player deserves a call-up. I have been wanting to see Stites in the majors for some time, and I am glad to see that he is finally wearing sedona red.
In addition to calling up Stites, and optioning Campana, Arizona also moved pitcher Daniel Hudson to the 60 day D.L.