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Eric Singleton Campbell

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Eric Campbell started playing in the New York Mets system in 2008 and made his major league debut in 2014.

Campbell was All-State twice in high school and set school records for hits, homers, average, steals, runs and walks. As a freshman at Boston College, he hit .260/.354/.322. He improved his batting line to .350/.432/.510 with 20 doubles and 41 RBI in 52 games. He tied for 4th in the Atlantic Coast Conference in doubles. As a junior, he produced at a .306/.386/.498 clip with 18 doubles, 43 runs and 41 RBI in 53 games. He was drafted by the Mets in the 8th round of that year's amateur draft, between Andy Dirks and Beamer Weems. The scout was Art Pontarelli.

He began his career in low-A with the Brooklyn Cyclones that summer, hitting .260/.359/.358 and fielding .949 at 3B (his main position). He split 2009 between the Savannah Sand Gnats (.248/.347/.360 in 95 G) and St. Lucie Mets (6 for 22, 2 2B, 5 BB), playing mostly 1B. In 2010, he saw most of his time at 3B and LF; he played for the GCL Mets (3 for 11, 2B), St. Lucie (.335/.415/.500 in 46 G) and the Binghamton Mets (.279/.328/.441 in 50 G). In winter ball, he produced at a .210/.354/.272 rate for the Caribes de Anzoategui. As a corner infielder-corner outfielder for Binghamton in '11, he batted .247/.345/.343.

With Binghamton as a 1B-LF in 2012, he hit .297/.391/.439. His single off Hector Nelo scored Troy Hanzawa with the winning run in the bottom of the 9th of the 2012 Eastern League All-Star Game, earning Campbell MVP honors. He had gone 2 for 3 with a run and a RBI after replacing Darin Ruf at 1B. He was 10th in the Eastern League in average (between Niuman Romero and Bryce Brentz) and 5th in OBP (between Chun-Hsiu Chen and Brock Holt). Among Mets farmhands, he was second to Cam Maron in OBP and 4th in average (behind T.J. Rivera, Maron and Wilmer Flores).

His steady climb through the organizational ladder reached Triple-A for the first time in 2013. He performed well in his first year at that level, hitting .314/.435/.475 with 25 doubles, eight home runs and 66 RBI in 120 games for the Las Vegas 51s, with 26-29 games apiece at 1B, 3B, RF and LF. He was 7th in the 2013 PCL in average (between Flores and Abraham Almonte), led in OBP (.012 ahead of Daric Barton), was 9th in walks (66) and led in OPS (15 points ahead of Brock Peterson). Among Mets farmhands, he trailed only Jayce Boyd and Flores in average and only Allan Dykstra (by .001) in OBP. He failed to make the league All-Star team, presumably due to the lack of a set position.

After attending spring training with the Mets in 2014, he began the season back in AAA where he hit an excellent .353/.442/.525 with 39 runs and 24 RBI in 33 games for Las Vegas. He was leading the 2014 PCL in runs when he was called up to the Big Apple in early May (as a more versatile bench option when Josh Satin was demoted) and made his big league debut on May 10th as a pinch-hitter for 1B Lucas Duda in the 6th inning of a 5-4 loss to the Philadelphia Phillies. Coming up against Jake Diekman with the bases loaded, he hit a sacrifice fly to rightfielder Marlon Byrd, driving in Daniel Murphy to give the Mets a 4-3 lead at that point. He stayed in the game playing first base, but the Phillies were able to score two late runs, while he struck out against Mike Adams in the 8th.

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