Winter League Highlights: Campana capitalizes on opportunity


(Photo by Stephen Green)

Cubs outfielder Tony Campana might not pass the eye test of most major league scouts. At 5-foot-8 and no more than 170 pounds, Campana doesn’t possess a lot of raw power—and his two career professional home runs back that notion.

But in 89 games with the Cubs last season, he put his speed and defense on display, stealing 24 bases and taking away numerous hits in center field. In just 37 minor league games last year, the 26-year-old swiped 18 bases and posted a .280 average.

Campana has continued his base stealing exploits this winter for Leones del Caracas of the Venezuelan league. He’s played in only 11 games, but he has managed to steal six bags. And he hasn’t been caught yet.

Although he’s hitting only .214 so far, he made the most of his start Tuesday, going 2-for-5, driving in a run in the fifth inning and scoring a run in the eighth in a 10-7 win over the Bravos de Margarita.

Other highlights around the Caribbean:

Dave Sappelt finished 2-for-4 with a pair of runs in a losing effort for his Margarita team in Venezuela.

In the Dominican league, Junior Lake went 1-for-4 with two runs scored in an Estrellas de Oriente win.

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