D’Backs Acquire Campana, Add to Outfield Depth

By Michael Jenkins

The Arizona Diamondbacks announced today that they have acquired speedy outfielder Tony Campana from the Chicago Cubs for minor league pitchers Jesus Castillo and Erick Leal.

June 15, 2012; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Cubs center fielder Tony Campana (bottom) steals second base as the ball bounces away from Boston Red Sox shortstop Mike Aviles (3) during the first inning at Wrigley Field. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports

Campana played all three outfield positions for the Cubs in the past two seasons.  Last season, the 26-year-old stolen base threat played in 89 games with the Cubs, hitting .264 with zero home runs and five RBI’s. He stole 30 bases in 33 attempts, ranking him 9th in the National League.

In 2011, the left-handed speedster hit .259 with one home run and six RBI’s in 95 games. He stole 24 bases in 26 attempts. Over a two-year stretch, Campana has a stolen base percentage that ranks second in the National League as he has been successful in 54 of 59 attempts (91.6%).

The 5’8, 165 lbs. Campana adds depth to an already crowded D’backs outfield and will get a chance to fight for a roster spot during Spring Training, according to Arizona GM Kevin Towers. It is probable that he begins the season at Class AAA Reno.

Arizona shipped out a pair of promising 17-year-old pitchers to acquire Campana.

Castillo and Leal pitched for the DSL D’backs in the Dominican Summer League in 2012.

Leal posted a 6-2 record with a 2.44 ERA, primarily as a starter. He posted an amazing 6.36-1 strikeout to walk ratio in the Dominican this summer.

Castillo, posted a 2-4 record with a 5.40 ERA in 14 appearances, both starting and out of the bullpen.