With many underachievers this season on this New York Mets‘ squad, like the infamous Chris Young, Eric Young Jr., Ruben Tejada, Zack Wheeler, and even David Wright to an extent, it is very nice to see a pleasant surprise crack the Mets’ lineup from time to time. This pleasant surprise is none other than rookie Eric Campbell.
Campbell, who came up to the big leagues this season as a backup first baseman, has played games for the Mets not only at first base but also in left field and now third base, replacing the currently injured Wright, who is back in New York getting an MRI on his injured shoulder while the Mets are currently in Pittsburgh.
This afternoon against the Pittsburgh Pirates, Campbell, subbing for Wright at third base, batted fifth in the Mets’ lineup and went three for four, two of them doubles, with an RBI and a run scored, leading to a Mets 5-3 victory. After this great day at the plate, Campbell is now batting over .300 in his first 75 plate appearances in his very young career.
For a player who not many had heard of going into Spring Training, it is a breath of fresh air among the smog of this Mets season that this 27-year-old from Connecticut, who the Mets drafted back in 2008, is finally getting his due at the major league level. And if Campbell continues to be an effective gap hitter who can play multiple positions, he can be a very valuable asset to this Mets team not only for this season but in future years as well.