Red Sox top-30 prospect rankings after the 2018 season
By Hunter Noll
15. Marino Campana
We’re back with another “Hunter Noll Guy” and for good reason. There’s a lot to like when it comes to Marino Campana. The right-handed hitter had a .246 batting average with 69 RBI and 54 runs scored in 2018. He wasn’t just a singles hitter either, mashing 19 doubles and seven triples, as well as 16 home runs.
The outfielder isn’t known for having speed, but that’s an underrated part of his game in my opinion. No, he’s not “fast” – but calling him slow is a stretch. His defense is in the same boat. While they aren’t exactly highlights of his game, both Campana’s defense and arm are slightly underrated. They won’t win him any awards, but for a corner outfield spot, they’ll do.
Another thing to consider, Campana is still only 20 – meaning there’s more-than-enough time for his game to grow.
That being said, the bat already shows a ton of life. A .246 average isn’t great, but it’s an improvement over the last two seasons. There are also more improvements that can be made and his average should continue to climb as he gets more experience.
Campana’s best tool is the natural raw power. He’s shown a lot of pop in his bat despite a young age and clearly-not-filled-out frame. By that I mean he’s a solid 6’4″ but comes in at 180 lbs. As he matures, he will clearly put on more weight and muscle. The filling out of his frame should help immensely in the power department, which is already a plus.
With Campana still being young and needing time to grow, don’t expect him in Boston any time soon. When he joins the Red Sox though, he’s going to bring power numbers with him.