Mariners sign Jorge Campillo
Thanks to reader Rulo Montero (dude, I trailed to email you back, but your inbox is full), we were given the heads up that the M’s have, for all intents and purposes, agreed to a contract with 26-year-old RHP Jorge Campillo. Campillo starred for Culiacan of the Mexican League last year, posting a 2.05 ERA in 87 innings, walking just 17 batters compared to 62 strikeouts. International scouting supervisor Matt Stark obviously saw something he liked, as the M’s have signed him to a minor league deal and he will be invited to spring training, though I doubt he’ll be given a serious chance to make the 25-man roster. San Antonio or Tacoma seem like more likely destinations.
Information on Campillo’s stuff is a little more scarce, and none of my regular go to guys have anything on him. From reports gathered via the web, he sounds like a control artist who lacks great velocity, but he’s obviously found some way to get people out in the extremely hitter friendly Mexican League. We’ll keep digging around and see if we can’t get a little more information for you guys, but I wanted to let you know about this signing, especially since it doesn’t appear that anyone else has picked up on it yet.
Also, big thanks to J from Mariner Minors for doing a lot of the legwork on the research end.