Not arguing with you. Yeah, he needs work.
Perhaps he's afraid of trying to bunt a FB, there's risk with that, but he needs to narrow down the zone. Do with the ball what you can, no excuses, focused at all times. With a lefty, ball curling away, perfect for bunts down the 3rd base line; righties, drag away. They wanta pitch you high to protect against bunts, learn to hit it more direct to avoid lazy fly balls, so shorten swing. All these things need working on. Send him to Iowa.
"300 ABs so far and Campana has shown he is a player who can compile around a .600 OPS."
OPS? Have you taken into account that any single Campana hits is essentially the equivalent of a double, with the added bonus of distracting the opposing pitcher like crazy.
That being said, you can't steal first, so I agree, send him down to Iowa to work on his bunting, line drive hitting, he's not getting any better here with no playing time.. If he could get on base at a respectable clip he'd be a gem.
"Edison said it was the sweat of effort that brought about results, not brains."
Great, but without brains your "sweat of effort" will only get you a nicely dug ditch...
As we speak, Campana is on the bench with a .270 avg, and a less than stellar .308 OBP. When you factor into this the fact that Campana in 208 ab's has walked a lowly 8 times, has struck out far too often, and thus far has not used speed to get on base by strategically placed balls on diamond, to rule him out this soon seems to me self defeating.
Because the numbers speak volumes when combined with Tony's ability to steal so far, that place him in the upper levels of baseball.
Tony is 26, had part year 08 beginning in minors, has shown progression otherwise. With the up and down nature of his career since being called up by Cubs, I think the time is now to send him back, doing so with a purpose that is well defined. I'm not ready to throw in the towel. Personnaly, I want to win.
Horses mouth: Campana said he can steal a 100+ bases. Young man is assured that way.
Give him the space, let him breathe and find answers, next yr we could have a gem.