No. 24: Red Sox second base prospect Kristian Campbell
Kristian Campbell was the 132nd overall pick in the 2023 MLB Draft. The Boston Red Sox have to love what they saw from him in a short run in High-A before the end of the year.
The right-handed hitter slashed .309/.440/.471 with four doubles, two triples, and one home run between the FCL and High-A. He drove in five runs, scored nine more, and stole three bases in 22 games (68 at-bats).
Campbell appeared at second base, left field, and right field this season.
The 21-year-old is listed at 6'3", so even though he was drafted as a shortstop, it looks like the Red Sox have already moved him off the position. It makes sense, considering that's a loaded spot for Boston as it is.
Campbell's good slash line doesn't even count his playoff success. Greenville ended up winning the South Atlantic League High-A championship, and Campbell was a big reason why.
The Georgia Tech product went a ridiculous 7-for-12 with a double and a home run. He drove in six runs and scored three more. That home run was a three-run shot that gave Greenville a commanding lead late in the final game of the championship series.
Campbell appears to be a mature prospect. He's a good hitter who will put the bat on the ball. Decent power adds a nice dimension to his offense. As of right now, he seems to be more of a contact bat with some power thrown in. But he's 6'3" and under 200 lbs. If he adds some mass, there could be more power in his game.
Campbell has great speed that should play well in the outfield and lead to a lot of extra-base hits and steals. He looked good everywhere he played in High-A and has a decent arm (more than enough for second base).
Kristian Campbell is fun. He looked great in a short sample size in 2023 and is a College talent. Don't be surprised if he makes some waves in 2024 and shoots through the minor leagues quickly.