August 7, 2008 / Sports / Brooklyn Cyclones / Ups & Downs

Campbell’s soup

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Eric Campbell wasn’t drafted in the first round like Ike Davis, Reese Havens, or Brad Holt. His name was called during the eighth round.

So the 21-year-old Campbell, who hit .306 with Boston College this spring, seemed slated to be a back-up to third baseman Zach Lutz and first baseman Davis.

But both starters have battled injuries, allowing the 6-foot-3, 220-pound Campbell to play more than expected.

And he’s making the most of it — though there have been plenty of downs for all the ups.

Last week, the Cyclones won a game 5–4 from the Vermont Lake Monsters, but for Campbell, it was his worst night as a pro. With his mother and father watching, he committed two errors at third base and went hitless in five at-bats, leaving five runners on base.

But he bounced back — slowly! — during the Cyclones’ four games against the Staten Island Yankees last week.

He made an error in the first game (after making a great diving stop) and did little with the bat until the ninth inning, when he hit a double.

The next night, Campbell wasn’t in the line-up. Too energetic to want to sit, he volunteered to coach first base.

“Mostly I just collected batting gloves,” Campbell explained. “But I did study their pitchers’ deliveries and moves.”

It must have paid off: The next night, Campbell came up in the ninth of a 2–2 tie and hammered a 1-0 pitch high over the left field wall to give Brooklyn a 3–2 lead.

In the series finale, which the Cyclones lost 9-4, Campbell struck out three times, but did hit a double in the fifth.

Campbell ended the series with a season average of .280, two homers, and 15 RBI, second on the club — and the admiration of his skipper.

“He has some power, and he plays smart,” said manager Edgar Alfonzo.

This kid has a real shot.

Updated 5:08 pm, July 9, 2018
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