Ultimately Tony is here to serve the Cubs not the other way around. If the Cubs don't see him as a viable starting option, he can still be valuable for many years as a bench player... which is where he is right now.
They can send him to winter ball to get more ABs.
"I'm beginning to see already that Sveum isn't seeing him as a viable option as a starter. How about teaching a guy to utilize assets, and potentially solve the lead-off position for years to come down the road? You can't do it hitting every third or fourth day. Nobody can."
Did you miss the part about winter ball?
Too early to write him off. Speed guys are notorious late bloomers. Michael Bourn and Doug Glanville had their breakout seasons at 26 and looked like total garbage prior to that. Podsednik had his breakout at 27 and also looked like total garbage before that.
What Campana has done thus far in his MLB career and in the minors is comparable to what those guys had done before their breakouts, if not better.
I'm not saying we should bet on him to be another Michael Bourn, but it wouldn't be wise to bet against him either. All of those guys had some serious issues and looked terrible at the plate over an extended time prior to their late emergence.
He is an asset off the bench... and he doesn't take up much space. :)
With only 295 MLB ABs it's way to soon to say he can't get better.
Why do you hope I'm wrong by saying Campana is a pinch runner/defensive replacement?
Prospect wise our outfield is pretty crowded with Soler, Jackson and Szczur. Also, Vitters, Lake and Baez could (and in Vitters and Lakes case probably will) make the switch to the outfield.
Campana is better hitter when he's batting second in the line up rather than as a lead off man. That's because when a man is on base, Campana's able to take full advantage of his bunting skills to advance the runner while also attempting to bunt his way on base.
Campana is currently hitting .272 with a .308 on base percentage. But as a lead off man, he's only hitting .226 with a .241 on base percentage. So batting lead off, instead of second, has put a serious drag on Campana's batting average and on base percentage.
Castro's the best lead off hitter on this team! The last time Castro was allowed to bat lead off, in 312 at bats, he had a .327 batting average with a .370 on base percentage and a .471 slugging percentage. Imagine, an All Star lead off hitter that gets on base and can slug and steal his way into scoring position. And the Cubs have such an All Star lead off hitter--- and they won't even use him!