EVERETT — Jose Campos may be the best pitching prospect on the Everett AquaSox roster, thanks in large part to a right arm capable of scorching the radar gun in triple digits. However, as an 18-year-old power arm, he’s the definition of raw.
One of the next steps in Campos’ development is th
e refinement of his offspeed pitches. During Friday’s start, when he allowed just one run in six innings against Vancouver, Campos showed that his offspeed pitches are still a work in progress.
However, Campos is making progress. He still needs to work on his changeup, which because of his velocity comes in at the speed of some pitchers’ fastball — in the mid 80s. But Campos showed no reluctance in using the pitch, throwing it frequently and at different spots in the count.
Campos didn’t use his breaking ball as much, but he was able to use it as an out pitch, getting three of his four strikeouts with his curve.
“He hit it a couple of times real nice,” Everett manager Scott Steinmann said of Campos’ offspeed pitches Friday’ “He threw a lot of good change-ups in there, and that’s what we’ve been wanting him to do development-wise. He put that out in play, and in that regard I think it was a win for him.”
Everett added right-hander Stephen Kohlscheen to its roster Saturday. Kohlscheen, the Seattle Mariners’ 45th-round selection in the 2010 draft, had been pitching for Clinton of the mid-Class A Midwest League. The 22-year-old from Norman, Okla., appeared in 16 games (one start) for the LumberKings, going 1-3 with a 6.39 ERA. He walked 19 and struck out 45 in 38 innings.
Eugene comes to town toting a number of the San Diego Padres’ top prospects.
The biggest name among the bunch is outfielder Donavan Tate. He was selected third overall in the 2009 draft, one spot behind the Seattle Mariners’ Dustin Ackley. Tate has had all kinds of injury issues since becoming a pro.
The Emeralds also have two first rounders from this year’s draft, infielders Cory Spangenberg (10th overall) and Jace Peterson (58th overall). In addition, right-handed pitcher Johnny Barbato was a sixth rounder in 2010, but received the team’s largest signing bonus that year.
Peterson, Tate and Spangenberg batted 1-2-3 on Saturday. Barbato is scheduled to pitch Monday’s series finale.
Opponent: Eugene Emeralds
When: 1:05 p.m.
Where: Everett Memorial Stadium
Radio: KRKO (1380 AM)
Probable starting pitchers: Everett left-hander Bennett Whitmore (0-1, 1.80 ERA) vs. Eugene right-hander Leonel Campos (0-0, 18.00)