One of the top performers for the New York Mets this spring has been Eric Campbell, who has never been considered much of a prospect, but who is putting himself on the radar this spring. Campbell has hit .351 with a home run and six doubles this spring, taking advantage of a lot of playing time that’s been available with Ike Davis and Lucas Duda both missing most of Spring Training with injuries.
If Campbell were going to make the team out of Spring Training, it would be as the right-handed half of a platoon at first base, the spot that’s been all but promised to Josh Satin. However, Campbell is actually a better option for the Mets than Satin, even though Satin will win the job because he has more major league experience and is already on the roster.
Satin brings plenty to the table, and is a great option in pinch-hitting situations when a base hit can tie or win a game. However, Campbell brings more power and defensive versatility, which would make him a more valuable part of the Mets’ bench with Davis and Duda being hurt and offering no guarantee of production even when they become healthy.
Campbell also has experience playing both corner outfield positions, something Satin hasn’t done and doesn’t figure to do anytime soon.
There’s no denying that Satin was impressive during the second half of last season, but his track record in the big leagues before that was less than stellar. If Satin gets off to a slow start during the regular season, the Mets shouldn’t hesitate to swap him for Campbell, who will bring more power and more defensive versatility to the table, making him a better bench player and better first base platoon candidate than Satin.